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VerseD: Luke 6:28

bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Luke 6:28, ESV

Retaliation and complaining are not the Chrisitian way, because we know that apart from Christ their comeuppance will be eternal. Therfore, we show grace and mercy toward those who mock and abuse us and our Lord.

VerseD: Mark 9:23

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
Mark 9:23, ESV

Our God is a God of miracles. Ask Him to stretch out His mighty hand and do what seems impossible, and see what He may do.

VerseD: Hebrews 4:16

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16, ESV

We have access to the throne of God through the work of Christ and by the Holy Spirit, so whether we face hardship, persecution, a desire to share the gospel, or want to say thank You: we can speak to God.

VerseD: Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:6, ESV

Why would we avoid intimacy with our Creator? The more time we spend privately praying, the more we are aware of God at work in us and our world, the more we desire to share the Son with the world, the more joy and contentment we have.

VerseD: John 15:7

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 15:7, ESV

When are seeking God and His righteousness, we will want the things He wants and want to ask for the things that line up with His character and will, not selfish desires or unjust, evil requests.

VerseD: Colossians 4:2

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2, ESV

Our world will need constant prayer until Christ’s return, so let us constantly and boldly seek God and thank Him for His power and promises.

VerseD: 1 Thessalonians 5:17

pray without ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV

This does not mean we are always on our knees, tucked away in a closet, eyes closed, or however we solemnly pray.
We must be in regular contact with God: reading the Bible, thinking about Him and His Word and Church, and, of course, talking with Him.

VerseD: Joel 2:12

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord , “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;”
Joel 2:12, ESV

To this day, we still rebel against God, and He still calls us to lament our sin and to repentance. He loves us and loves to forgive us when we turn to Him.

VerseD: 2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV

Our God is able to change minds, hearts, and nations.
It only takes trusting His promises and praying as His faithful in Christ.

VerseD: Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:6, ESV

If you only pray publically, are you really connected to God?
It is our quiet, personal time with God that empowers us in the Spirit and helps to conform us to the Son.
How do you grow if you never connect?