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Outta the Box
Not Conforming, Being Transformed
We as humans are subject to our own fallible natures. In a perfect world, devoid of sin and the sadness and despair that is brought out because of it, there would be no pain, depression, or disappointment. We would still be in perfect communion with the Father in the Garden of Eden. Yet once sin entered the world, all of that changed.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us that we should pray without ceasing. We should never stop doing it. Often times, the reason why we do stop praying is because we become disillusioned. Perhaps we were expecting a certain answer to prayer, but God had other plans. We then become disappointed with the outcome of the situation. We may even blame God for it. If we continue in this manner, our prayer life will diminish and we will eventually stop praying all together.
However, we cannot allow the effects of our humanness to inhibit our prayer lives. We cannot give up in our endeavors to communicate with the Creator. It is crucial in the growth of our spiritual walk. The more we do it, the closer we come to God. In conjunction with that is the fact that the more we pray, the more we see the effects of our
prayers. This builds confidence and faith that when we pray it is effective. This too is important to our spiritual growth. On top of that, with the faith that is built through seeing the effects of our prayers, it encourages us to pray even more. It is a cycle of growth that will continue as long as we allow it to.
If your prayer life has been stifled through your disappointment or disillusionment, there is no time like the present to give it a jump start. Confess that you have allowed doubt and despair to keep you from communing with God. Open up to Him with all of your soul. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Your relationship with Christ will grow because of it.