LifeConnect Notes – January 23, 2014

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  • Just like there are different ways to approach people in our lives depending on the situation, there are different ways to approach God in prayer.
  • Prayer is much like a walkie-talkie conversation. If you and God are both on the same “channel,” the prayer time will be meaningful; if not, neither of you will get much out of it.
  • There are four basic channels of approach in prayer:
    • Prayer – Basic conversation with God
    • Supplication – Passionately petitioning God for a specific personal need
    • Intercession – Praying on behalf of another person or situation
    • Thanksgiving – Prayer that centers specifically on worshipping God
  • Prayer is a channel of approach we use when God is looking for simple conversation with Him.
  • Have you ever called a friend, not because you needed anything urgently, but just to catch up and spend time together? Prayer as a channel of approach is similar. It may not be emotionally intense, but it is still important.
  • These times of prayer are where we build consistency in our relationship with God. As Adam walked with God in the cool of the day, this is our opportunity to walk with God every day. This is also where most memorial prayers are prayed.
  • If you are praying and you don’t feel anything, first search your heart. Ask God to reveal if there is any sin in your life. If He reveals something to you, repent. If not, just continue praying, even if you don’t feel anything.
  • Supplication is the second channel of approach. It is a deeper level than simple prayer. It always involves our emotions.
  • Supplication is our emotional being crying out to an omnipotent God to move on our behalf. When we are overwhelmed with a need or situation, a simple prayer won’t do! We need to pour our hearts out to God.
  • When you are facing a situation, cry out to God! Lift up your voice. Shed tears. Allow your emotion to come to the surface. Sometimes He’s waiting for us to do this before He will move.
  • Verses about supplication include 1 Kings 8:28, Psalm 55:1-2, Psalm 142:1-3, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6-7, Hebrews 5:7, and Joel 2:17

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