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Relationship Through Prayer


My walk with Christ has been like any other in that I have been discouraged at times, disheartened at times, encouraged other times, and have been challenged in my journey but it has all led me to a much better individual. Today, I am a stronger individual, physically, as well as a stronger Christian but it took me a long time to get to where I am in my walk.

At this point in my life, I understand that being happy is not always about having the last word or having the most of anything but rather, it is about doing your best for Christ regardless of the outcome. In serving Christ, we give Him the glory and through our faith, people are able to see our good works but it’s through faith that makes this possible and I learned this not because scripture tells us so but because I have learned it and sometimes, the hard way. 

The words written in Matthew 11:6 describes how every Christian should live their life regardless of what we face: “And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me.” This may not always be easy to do when we consider the ways of the world and the challenges that are brought against us but we cannot allow what the world says and our circumstances to dictate how we feel about God: “O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him” (Psalms 34:8). 

Another important lesson that I have learned through the trials and the challenges of this world is that we are to grow our relationship and the only way to effectively do this is through prayer. The only way that a person is able to effectively grow continuing to grow in Christ and this relationship grows by getting up every day and ensuring that our relationship becomes stronger than it was the day before: “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43:18). In other words, if your relationship was not good in the previous year or years, we do not have to worry about how things were because all things are new in Christ.

Prayer truly makes us stronger than we know. There is a reason a doctor never says for a patient not to believe because faith in something more than themselves has been shown for better healings and recovery. Prayer is not a magic potion that we use but it sure is a strong weapon and a mighty tool for our lives but should not be seen as a last ditch option but a first priority: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3). With we simply believe in God and stay in His word and do His will, we can have the desires of our heart that surround His will but we cannot forget about Him as His word is there for a reason: “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16). 

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
—Ephesians 6:18

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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