Prayer · Relationship with Christ

Layers of Prayer Pt. 3 | Outer Soul

Welcome Back!

This is the third installment of Layers of Prayer!

I want to thank all readers who have shown an interest in this four part series. Let’s continue to work on opening the windows of our hearts and souls.

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If this is your first time here, first of all, thank you for joining, and second you may want to check out these two posts before moving forward. First part of this series, Layers of Prayer (Pt. 1)- Outer Layer, and second part of this series, Layers of Prayer (Pt. 2)- Inner Layer.

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Out Of Reach

This third layer is titled, Out of Reach, because it is where we aren’t settled with our relationship with Christ. We aren’t settled with prayer either. This makes us feel like God is “out of reach”.

We know we could have a better connection to Him.

While we do have all confidence in Him, we struggle believing in God at the same time.

How is this possible?

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Struggle To Believe

Having confidence God is all knowing is one thing, but having confidence God would answer US is an entirely different matter.

We struggle facing the truth. Truth that God has an immeasurable capacity to answer all the prayers He wants at any given time.

Maybe we feel worthless in comparison to Him. We have quite a hard time believing we are worthy enough to approach Him. Surely there are better believers out there God should answer first. Right?

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OUT OF REACH PRAYERS

1. Out of reach prayers give us glimpses of the true potential we have with Christ. Like a candle against the wind, we feel unsteady. Some days with God are more clear than others. But often we feel hazy when it comes to our prayers. We know when they’re basic. We know when we are just reciting to Him. And we aren’t comfortable with that. Yet when we earnestly pray to Him in sincerity we become afraid of His greatness. Do you truly hear me Lord? Will You answer me? 

2. Relationship- Unlike the past two, this layer is met when relationship with Christ is truly formed. We aren’t simply going through the motions anymore. We truly want Him. It isn’t about us. 

3. Acknowledgement to God is there. Our desire to know Him is carved into our hearts. We are becoming a new creation because of Him, and we want to give Him every credit that is due. However, we are held back from fear in our lack of confidence. 

4. Requesting in prayers isn’t simply requesting. There is also praise and thanks given to God during prayer. We see in various parts of our life how God hears us because of what we’ve talked to Him about. Even so, despite God’s acknowledgement to us, we doubt when we pray. 

5. Worship to God is sincere. We are less focused on what people think, and care more for what God thinks. Worship happens not just at church. There is a desire to give praise to God wherever we are.  Worship is intimate, but it’s not at our full potential. 

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Trust And Let Go

Unlike last time God is completely involved in this layer, yet we hang back. Our earnestness toward God is evident. We love Him, yet though we know He loves us we struggle believing it to be true. This stumbles many believers in any walk with Christ. The past tends to come back and cloud our sight.

But there are ways to be released from this fear, and prayer is most certainly part of the process.

One of the first things we need to do is start applying God’s love into our own heart. This has been covered in the post, How to Gain God’s Love? . We have to let go of our fear and trust God. Trust Him completely with our lives. We can only truly gain confidence through Christ.

(NIV) 2 Corinthians 3:04, “Such confidence we have through Christ before God.”

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Ask Jesus

In order to apply His love we need to start believing God hears us. Believing we are worthy through the salvation of Jesus Christ. Jesus interceded for us to be the ultimate sacrifice. (See Christ Became Tainted For Us) so that through Him we can go to God.

(NIV) 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

We shouldn’t be afraid to ask Christ for things in our lives and in our relationship with Him. Jesus tells us to.

(NIV) John 16:24, “ Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

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We have the promise that God hears us.

(NIV) Psalm 66:20, “But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.”

Through this promise we have a confidence.

(NIV) 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

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And since God hears us we need to trust Him and His hand in our life.

(NIV) 1 John 5:15, “ And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

We just need to call out to Him.

 

To read about the last layer of prayer click here, Layers of Prayer (Pt. 4)- Inner Soul

~T. R. Noble

(All images used are from Pixabay)

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