By now you know that a regular, recurring theme of mine is that we were created by God to be in relationship with Him. He is the Living God and desires a living relationship with us. The church is the Body of Christ. We are not just another social organization.
For a healthy relationship we must learn to communicate…and communicate regularly. God made this possible with His gift of Prayer. We can actually speak to God. And with some practice and openness, we can hear Him communicate back to us. We need to be People of Prayer, and not just people who can recite long, loud and fancy speeches up to the sky. The prayers that move God are simple, authentic, and heartfelt. Be real.
But the Christian Challenge grows. We are called to follow after Jesus and this Christian life was never meant to be comfortable and safe. Jesus said, take up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24). In his recently released book, Dangerous Prayers, Pastor Craig Groeschel leads through three prayerful steps of surrendering ourselves to God: 1) Search Me; 2) Break Me; and 3) Send Me. Talk about a challenge?
Have you totally surrendered to God? Is Jesus really your Lord? Where might He be sending you? Where is God sending us as a church?