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Prayer, Plain and Simple

“Come near to God, and He will come near to you.” James 4:8

“‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:13,14a

God gave you a will to choose Him, and He’s not about to override that will. He gives us invitation towards intimacy, but, like a gentleman, He respects our choices and doesn’t control or insist on anything. Want intimacy with God? You must make the first move towards Him. Don’t wait for God to break into your life and take over. It won’t happen that way. 

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

You have to open the door, for He will never barge in uninvited. Then, cook Him the best dinner you can muster, and enjoy the best company the world has ever known. But don’t keep Him as an occasional guest. Make Him family. Make Him Lord.

Father,

I need Your involvement in every detail of my life. I’m lonely without you, adrift on a sea of indecision, going nowhere. I choose today to come near to you, to talk with you as a good friend, to share my heart, my desires, my remorse, and my pain. To hear you say, “You are forgiven, my child.” I hereby promise to seek you with everything that I am, and I audaciously receive the promise of your Word that you will not remain a mystery to me, but that I will find what my heart has been searching for all along: A Father who adores me, a Savior who suffered for me, and a Spirit who will never forsake me.

Amen

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