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The Ingredients of prayer

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

Rev. Thomas K. Schmidt 

My granddaughter, Lucy, loves to help me bake. First, we decide on the recipe, place all the ingredients on the kitchen counter and then begin putting them together. Having all the ingredients is essential to having good results. 

What might be some ingredients to prayer? 

The Apostle Paul writes to the Christ followers of Ephesus in Ephesians 3:14-22 NIV: “14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Ingredients to prayer might be different than these listed. You might have less or more.  

Sincerity of heart is the first ingredient necessary to begin our personal talk and walk with God.  It is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Sincerity opens the doors to listening to God. 

Add in humility of attitude that recognizes our dependency upon God. A haughty spirit promotes self-dependency and will only sour our ability to communicate with God.

Impacting prayer recognizes an awe of God. Awe is not a word that we use much but provides recognition that honors the Almighty God.  O, that we would in our spirit stand in “Awe of God!”

Having a spirit of surrender identifies us with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane when he prayed a prayer of surrender. “Not my will, but your will be done!” Surrender evidences listening to God.

Now add in obedience and persistence as ingredients of our prayer life.  Obedience that hears what God is saying to us and a willingness to follow Him.  Persistence is needed as we offer our deepest concerns and continually confess our faults while presenting requests.

Prayer would not be complete without us expressing love to the one who created us, who provides life for us, who watches over us and who forgives us our sins.  Love to God Almighty who desires to be engaged in every part of our life.

This is a good time to think about your prayer ingredients.  What are the necessary components of your walk and talk with God?  

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