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Covered in Compassion - Part I (8 of 16)
Series: Covered in Dust
Luke 4:31-37; 8:26-33; 9:37-43
VIDEO: "My Own Little World"
The last two weeks we looked at prayer being the foundation for living in the way of Jesus, as we saw that prayer was a major aspect of the life of Jesus.
I suggested to you that I believe there is NO WAY you can live in the way of Jesus if you are not abiding in Jesus. = staying
The only way to abide in Jesus is to spend time with Him and with His Word.
We saw where Jesus said in John 15 that apart from Him we can do nothing.
The "nothing" there means those things that are "spiritual" in nature and have "eternal" value.
I have been praying that you have understood the intent and content of prayer that we looked at two weeks ago, and have taken seriously to challenge to pray consistently and persistently, in order to know God and to affect change in your life that moves you to become more conformed to the image of Christ.
But that's not the ONLY purpose of prayer.
Sometimes we are tempted to see prayer as for our own benefit.
We can easily get wrapped up into our own little world of population "me".
But as we see in Luke, Jesus used prayer to communicate with His Father about decisions to be made and directives to be followed.
Look what Jesus said in John 5:19,
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise."
We can spend time in prayer all we want to, and we can have prayer gathering after prayer meeting after prayer huddle after prayer summit/conference; but if we don't get out and engage the world, we're missing the ultimate purpose of prayer.
Concerning this concept, I love how pastor and author John Piper explains this concept in his book on missions entitled, "Let the Nations Be Glad":
It is not surprising ...
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