Six Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

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Today’s Readings offer “Six Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life”

Centurion ServantJesusHealing Paolo Veronese



  1. Be humble and be like the centurion confessing “Lord, I am not worthy…”


  2. Remember: One mediator-many intercessors.    While “there is one God, one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” there are many intercessors (2 Corinthians 1:11; Phil.  1)


  3. The center of power is Jesus.  Jesus ate meals in the homes of Matthew the tax collector (cf. Matthew 9:9-17), Simon the Pharisee (cf. Luke 7:36-50, Mary and Martha (cf. Luke 10:38-42), the chief Pharisees (Luke 14: 1-24) and Simon the Leper (cf. John 12:1-11) and Zaccheus the tax collector (cf. Luke 19:1-10).  However, it’s not necessary to be physically present with Jesus in order to experience Him.  In fact, Luke 11 doesn’t recommend it.


  4. God honors authority.  Obedience and prayer go hand in hand  (cf. Romans 13; 2 Timothy 2:1-8). God’s authority is not based on who has the most votes but on the authority of Christ (cf. Matthew 28:16-20).


  5. God honors servants. (cf. Matthew 27:54; Acts 10:1-22; Hebrews 6:10; Philippians 2).


  6. God remembers good deeds.  Psalm 41: 1 promises: “Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.”   Dr. Luke captures the passion of the centurion’s friends, “They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, “He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”   Even an outsider who works for the Romans finds favor with God and man.

 

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