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The Value Of Prayer And Communing With God

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1. The value of prayer and communing with God in a personal relationship, asking and hearing, and promoting prayer is essential to me as a church leader. Prayer should be the heart of the church according to Christ as a “house of prayer” (Matt 11:17). It has been my habit to be a part of and lead prayer meetings consistently throughout my Christian walk. God taught me about the power of prayer as I went through challenging life situations and had friends that believed prayer was the key to intimacy with God and seeking revival. It allows the church to commune with God, minister to one another, and intercede together. My desire is to use what I have learned from other pastors about prayer to make it engaging for people and provide…show more content…
Christ viewed her sin as drinking from water that would leave her thirsty. He offered to her in this sinful situation a relationship with himself that would eternally satisfy her. Those who are followers of Christ are on a journey and have not arrived. All of us are more mature in certain areas and less in others. We grow together and seek God together. Even the disciples themselves needed time to grow (Peter for example).
God made it clear to me as I began ministry that the main calling upon my life is to use me to bring others to be who he created them to be (Rom 12:5, 10). This means speaking life into them and calling out the gifts and characteristics God has blessed them with. The Holy Spirit shapes our new identity (Rom 8:29, 12:2) to who he created us to be. The pastor as servant leader should raise up others according to the concept of the universal priesthood of all believers in 1 Peter 2:5-10 through teaching and example. This is the leadership style of Jesus. Growing in spiritual gifts has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life and it is my desire to keep doing so with other believers (Rom 12:6-8, 1 Cor 12:8-10, Mark 16:16-18).
Traditions with the wrong purpose and for tradition’s sake alone are worthless, but we cannot reinvent the Christian faith. The Word of God (Luke 21:33) and God himself never changes (Malachi 3:6).
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