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THE GREENSBORO TIMES Food for the Spirit


Teaching, Learning, and Praying at Genesis Acts 17:1-12


By Rev. Dr. Gregory Headen, Pastor Genesis Baptist Church, Greensboro, N. C. Today,


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write to en- courage prayer. Prayer


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volves center- ing oneself or ourselves to speak with and hear from God. Our God is one with whom we can talk, and the conversa- tion involves being heard and listening. Think of being a parent with


seven children. One comes to you with a sincere request that you have the means to grant. This child has been respectful of you and demonstrated his/her appreciation and love for you constantly. In the granting of the request, you have some parameters that you need to set for your child. You need for your child to hear your concerns for his/ her wellbeing before you grant the request. Nothing makes you happier than to grant your child’s request with the assurance that it will enrich the child’s life and not destroy it. This is an example of personal prayer at the human level. Now imagine that all seven of your children came to you at once with a request that concerned all of them, a collective desire. Before they make the request they praised you for be-


ing such a good parent. They thanked you for all you had done for them in their own way. Think of how warm your heart would be to hear such praise and gratitude from all your children. Think of how much it would mean to you that the seven of them reached agreement on something meaning- ful that they wanted to do, and it did not violate your character or compromise their safety. Even if only three or four of them came, it would warm your heart greatly. You may have some things to say to them first, but nothing would make you happier than to say yes. This is an example of cor- porate prayer. God is our heavenly parent. God appreciates the one child that speaks and offers praise and gratitude. But think of how it must make God feel when many of his children come before the throne to speak with their Heavenly Parent. This is what our Fourth Sunday Prayer time, in- tercessory prayer on other Sundays, and Noon prayer during the week is all about. We pray as individuals, and that is good. Yet, we also need to find those opportuni- ties to join our brothers and sisters as we go to our Father together in agreement that He is good and in agreement on what we need from Him. In prayer, we are seeking the Kingdom of God first, and God will add the others things. Right after Jesus says this in Luke, he says “Fear not, little flock: for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32 KJV). God wants us to have the Kingdom. So, let us pray.


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