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Hull's Memorial Baptist Church

From the Pastor’s Heart.

Nothing is more important to the Christian than prayer. It is our vital breath. It pulls us closer to God. 

God lives.  He is nearer than our hands and feet and closer than our heartbeat. God is not only aware of us, but cares for us.  God our Father promises “You will call upon Me and will to pray to Me, and I will hear you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you will seek Me with all your heart.”  (Jeremiah 29:13).

The Bible says “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  This does not mean closed eyes and bowed head all the time, but a mental attitude of prayerfulness and consciousness of being in God’s presence through the hours of each day. 

Through prayer we bring to God our deepest needs and most perplexing problems, and wait patiently for the Lord to bless us with courage and confidence. Through prayer we recognize that effective living depends not so much on what we do, but what  we permit God to do through us. Through prayer we let God have his way with us, yielding to his perfect will.

Martin Luther said “The delusion is that prayer means making both God and oneself tired with yelling and murmuring.  Those who make it nothing but a work of drudgery can never pray with gladness or devotion. Prayers ought to be brief, frequent, and intense.”  
Short heartfelt prayers over the course of a day keep our heart in tune with God better than long heartless prayers. 

Prayer is not an information briefing for God. Jesus tells us that our heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask Him. (Matthew 6:8).   Prayer is more than a one-sided wish list—it is primarily a matter of listening to God. 

If we want to learn how to live, we must learn how to pray. C.S. Lewis said, “When it comes to pray, we are beginners all our life.  “Teach us to pray” is a good start for each prayer and each day. If we begin the day asking for God’s blessing, we will end the day
enjoying God’s benediction. 

    Hull's Memorial Baptist Church
    420 Enon Road | Fredericksburg, VA 22406 | PH: 540.371.4124