The Purpose of Prayer

Last week we had coffee in a busy suburban café, the lattes were rolling out! In the middle of the busy-ness there was also alone-ness with several individuals sitting on their own and seemingly disconnected from the world around them.  Loneliness is now a major health challenge for our society. In theory followers of Jesus are never alone, we are in a relationship with the creator of the universe and yet we too can be alone in the middle of God’s creation.

Jesus said “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). We are part of the living vine; sustained by Jesus if we remain in Him. How do we remain in Him? Have a conversation! Talk to God and let God talk to you, don’t sit in the café on your own! Prayer is simply a conversation between you and God. Why not begin or start that conversation again by following a daily reading and allowing God to speak to you first and then see what happens. Jesus said

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7).

Prayer is a two-way conversation that helps us align with God’s will so that we might bear fruit, fruit that will last. What fruit will you bear?

Sunday worship at 11:00 a.m. at the Uniting Church, Murch Crescent.


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