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You Can Be Confident About Praying

November 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

Many people see prayer as a cosmic lottery. It might help; but can you be sure? And isn’t it better to stand on our own two feet?

But God designed prayer for far more than random rescues; for He wanted us to think through everyday opportunities and problems with Him, to increase our confidence and effectiveness when things happen that can easily knock us – and others – off our feet.

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him about how to pray, He explained: “Forget fancy phrases; just accept that God knows you and loves you more than anyone else; and take this approach:

‘Father God, help us to honour your name and character as we let you call the shots for us, so when other people realise that you’re there for them they will also embrace your ways and help our world become more like heaven.

Thank You for supplying enough to live on each day; and help us to give You room to clean up our messes and to work on the mistakes others make.

May we recognise our personal strengths and limitations so we don’t trap ourselves in blame and shame.

Help us to trust You to keep our universe in shape, since You alone can see the whole picture.

For You have the ultimate control and the strength – and You are the only One worthy of all this honour.’

 

And best of all, God designed praying to be so easy that we can do it with our eyes shut!

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you

Inviting you to explore God’s love

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Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helped unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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  1. Love Noel’s message and his delivery style–always.

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