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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

 
Power From God APRIL 18

"PRAY WITH THE UNDERSTANDING ALSO"

I will pray with the understanding also. 1 Cor. 14:15.

If there is any place where we need to be understood and to understand God's will for us, it is in prayer. Understanding makes prayer intelligible. It is essential to communication. We are to pray intelligently. We must give thought to what we need to say to God. God's mind and our mind must operate on the same wave length. We are not to babble incoherent sounds to God. We are not to let the mind wander. We are to lift our minds in clear understanding and complete trust to our heavenly Father.

If there is some place where life has become difficult, where things have gone wrong, where some uncleanness has possessed us, where some hostility or hate has entered our hearts, or some sin that needs forgiveness, we are to face it with God. God moves into the picture with forgiveness, with new hope in place of despair, with love instead of fear, with divine strength instead of weakness. A clear knowledge of what we say and what is taking place is needed. Prayer is a very real and practical thing.

Before all the disorders of mind and heart that assail us, the temptations that make life difficult, prayer must be real and genuine, intelligent and understandable. We need the clearest minds possible when facing our personal problems. If there is a rift between us and God, we need to understand why. If we need forgiveness for a specific sinóand all sins are specificówe can have that from God. If we lack wisdom in some particular situation, then we ask God and we have that. We need a poised spirit and a mind at peace with God. We have that through prayer. It is a great blessing to bring our minds into harmony with God's mind.

Contact with God means we are prepared to see and understand God's will in specific situations and to do God's will instead of our own. There is so much in our lives that stands in the way of God's will and the fulfilling of His purpose for lives. We need to face that. Prayer means we are prepared to let those things go. We withhold nothing from God. We accept His responsibility for our lives. In turn God makes Himself responsible for us.

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