30th September 2012

Rescued for relationship

What an immense privilege it is to pray. When just two or three of his people gather – it doesn't matter how insignificant they may feel – God is with them. The one who flung the stars into space, gathered up the mountains and hollowed out the oceans; the one who created the six-ton African elephant and the delicate 10-gram hummingbird; the one who has always existed (there has never been a time when God was not; never an occasion when he was powerless to act) – he is the one who chooses to dwell with his people, when just two or three gather in his name.

We can come close, really close, right up front with such boldness and just ask – having the simple confidence that, "Won't dad come through for me?" There's no waiting in line, requesting an appointment, hoping to catch his attention among the thousands – no, millions – who want just a glance. No, I'm right in, ushered into his presence – and how pleased he is to see me!

How wrong it would be for me to come to him out of duty, rather than delight; counting down the minutes instead of savouring his indescribable presence. No, when I come it all starts with, "Oh dad, it's so great to be with you today!"

It's so easy to forget the one it's all about – getting caught up with loads of stuff, but missing the one who gave himself completely, in order to rescue us for a relationship with himself. Don't miss out. Over this Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving, make time and space to rediscover the immense privilege of talking to your Father in heaven.

Reading: Luke 11:9-13 and Matthew 18:20
Question: What time and space can you set aside to rediscover talking to your Father?
Next prayer meetings: Tonight, 7pm at Centre Stage, Bexhill, and Tuesday, 12.30pm at THC

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Paul Mann

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