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GAINING THE HEART OF GOD IN PRAYER


One has said, "You can tell a Christian's priorities by what he prays for." Sometimes, we stumble simply because we fail to gain the heart of God.


In the book "Jim and Casper Goes to Church" by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper, while visiting a well-known Church, an athiest noted the announcement, "God answered your prayers. Our pastor got an interview with the singing star Bono." The Church cheered wildly at the announcement.


The atheist looked at a Christian beside him and asked, "Is that what you guys pray for? You claim to appeal to the God who created all the universe, the most powerful being behind every power and you ask for an interview with Bono? Children are starving in Ghana, India, Africa and China and you pray for an interview with Bono? Bombs are falling in the middle-East and you pray for an moment with a rock star?"


God has called us into a relationship. In that relationship, we are SUPPOSED to gain the heart of God. We will not have the heart of God unless we reflect the message of Luke 15.


Luke 15:1-7 "Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, 'This man receives sinners and eats with them.' So he told them this parable: 'What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.'"

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