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Ray Parascando - May 10, 2020

Cultivation Principle

Cultivation Principle

Have you ever felt sometimes when you talk to God that it seems like you’re talking to a wall? That’s how we all can feel at times. Our prayers may be righteous and well-intended, but perhaps we are not following the example the Lord gave to us in how to pray. To grow a plant there’s a lot that’s involved. The ground has to be prepared for the plant; the seed planted and covered; the ground fertilized, watered, and given proper sunlight; and there’s a lot of waiting involved. If you want to reap a harvest there’s a way to sow the seed that will allow it to grow fruitfully. Just as if you want to grow a plant there’s a way to sow seed; if you want to grow in fruitful prayer, there’s a way to sow spiritual seeds as well. Thankfully, God has shown us the way through what we know as the Lord’s Prayer, or the Our Father prayer, especially when it comes to “give us this day our daily bread.” Learning from this verse you can know that with the Cultivation Principle, where there’s a prayer need, plant a seed.

Scripture References: Matthew 6:11

From Series: "The Lord's Prayer"

When you think about the times that we’re in right now prayer is essential to all of us. Whether facing this crisis alone or with family; whether out of work, working, or working at home; doing school online, or have no school at all; prayer is vital to our life. It is like breathing. We don’t just breathe at certain times of the day, we breathe throughout the day. Prayer isn’t limited to Sunday, or during specific meetings at church, or in a jam; prayer is something that we need to be doing regularly. When it comes to prayer there’s basically two schools of thought. There are those that say God is sovereign, so it doesn’t matter if you pray since God is going to do what He wants to do anyway. Then there are others who say that when we pray and we beseech God and God’s going to move and do it. In the Scripture you have evidence of God being sovereign, but you also see prayers where God’s heart is moved, and change happens. In the end, it’s not for us to try and pick a side. The focus needs to be on obedience and doing it the way that God has told us to do it, and the Lord’s prayer shows us exactly how to.

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