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EXPLORING CONNECTIONS

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Matthew 6:14-15"In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can't get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God's part.

What are your re-occurring prayers about?If you check the areas where you are most frustrated in life that is likely an area where God wants to work.
God wants us to make the connection between the troubles that bother us; and how that connects us with Him.If someone hurts us, how does this connect to God?How does God view the one who hurt us?That is to become our view.
If I’m always praying for money, what is the connection?Do we pray to get more money or do we pray to be connected to our ultimate Provider?Do we pray to get more money or to be free from the love of money?
Prayer is a venue of relationship for processing all of the ways we are disjointed in life.In our disconnection, we reach out to connect with our Father.

PERSONAL NOT PROMOTIONAL

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A young man was to be sentenced to the penitentiary. The judge had known him from childhood, for he was well acquainted with his father--a famous legal scholar and the author of an exhaustive study entitled, "The Law of Trusts." "Do you remember your father?" asked the magistrate. "I remember him well, your honour," came the reply. Then trying to probe the offender's conscience, the judge said, "As you are about to be sentenced and as you think of your wonderful dad, what do you remember most clearly about him?" There was a pause. Then the judge received an answer he had not expected. "I remember when I went to him for advice. He looked up at me from the book he was writing and said, 'Run along, boy; I'm busy!' When I went to him for companionship, he turned me away, saying "Run along, son; this book must be finished!' Your honour, you remember him as a great lawyer. I remember him as a lost friend."[1]
How trag…

PRIVATE MEETINGS AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

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Matthew6:5"And when you come before God, don't turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? 6"Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.



There will always be people who use prayer as a way of getting attention from others.It can happen by invading the personal space of others, preaching and judging with the publicly heard content of their words or by hoping that someone watching them will be inspired.
Jesus understood our weakness for wanting attention and showing off.He invites us to purposely find a quiet place away from others so we can focus on God and not on what the people around us are thinking.
There are those who love the theatrical stage that …

ANSWERING OTHERS

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Matthew 7:9   "Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
10   "Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
11   "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! 12   "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

God answers your prayer appropriately with the best, possible solution. There is not a more appropriate responder to human need than the One who created us in the first place. Isn’t this at the heart of justice-- appropriate and fair treatment?When we pray, God desires to act justly towards us.
In light of God’s good nature to respond appropriately as a loving Father to us, it is not surprising that Jesus’ very next words focus on how we are to treat each other.
If you want people to treat you fairly and justly,…

PRAYER IMPERSONATORS

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The animal kingdom is filled with many examples of creatures with strange dances and behaviours to attract the attention of a potential mate.Often, the male species will be endowed with more colourful feathers, skin colours or mighty horns to show off.

Power struggles occur between competitive males to beat off the weaker ones.
This is characteristic behaviour for animals, but what about humans? Have you seen the way some people act to try and attract a potential mate? While the posturing may be colourful and funny, it has little to do with the integrity of the one acting out.
Many religions also are filled with examples of followers with strange dances and behaviours to attract the attention of their god. The prophets of Baal shouted, cut themselves with knives and worked themselves into a frenzy trying to get Baal’s attention.
Jesus saw the exaggerations of religion around him and taught by example and teaching how we should approach God.Jesus’ words on prayer are as relevant today as i…