Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 20-21)
Passage: Psalm 119:97-104
God wants you to experience Him in a deeper way. He does not reserve the closeness of His person to ordained ministers or some super-saints. He wants every one of His children to enjoy the richness of a daily relationship with Him that is strong, intimate and eternal. He wants your relationship with Him to be deeper and closer next year than it is right now and for it to continue growing until the day He calls you home to heaven. For that to occur, you have to do your part in the relationship.
First, you need to listen to God through His Word. Weekly sermons and small group Bible studies are part of a strong diet in the Word, but you also need to read God’s Word personally and privately. God’s Word will build you up. Second, you need to spend time in prayer. To “pray in the Spirit” is to pray in the name of Jesus with dependence upon the Holy Spirit to guide your prayer life and lead you to pray for God’s will to be done. Third, you need to have a longing for Jesus to return. Practice these three things and you will experience God in a deeper way.
Apply – (2 minutes)
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