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How Can I Keep My Resolution to Pray Daily? (2 of 2)
1 John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him ().
This is the time of year when people are trying to keep New Year's resolutions. [Show store flyers featuring exercise equipment for sale.] Christians often make New Year's resolutions. Two of the most common Christian resolutions are to read the Bible daily and to pray daily.
[Read 1 John 5:13-15.]
RESOLUTIONS ARE HARD TO KEEP
Yesterday was Ditch Your Resolutions Day. Two ice cream franchises, Marble Slab Creamery and Maggie Moo's, celebrated the fake holiday by offering a special by one, get one free ice cream deal.
Why was January 17 picked as Ditch Your Resolutions Day? Because by this time, many people have already given up on the resolution. Resolutions are hard to keep. How can we keep our resolution to pray daily?
KEEPING OUR RESOLUTION
If we are to keep our resolution to pray daily, we should remember five things.
1. When we pray, we should remember that it's NORMAL to be frustrated with prayer.
There are many biblical examples of people who were frustrated with prayer. One of these people was the prophet Habakkuk. The book of Habakkuk begins with the prophet complaining to God about unanswered prayer: ''O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you, 'Violence!' and you will not save?'' (Hab. 1:2). Sometimes it's encouraging to dis-cover that other people struggle like us. (We're not happy about the struggles of others, but we are happy to know we're not abnormal.)
2. When we pray, we should remember that we're approaching a LOVING FATHER.
Throughout 1 John, John emphasizes that believers are God's children (''born of God''). In 3:1, he writes ...
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