Making a good connection

By Dr. John W. Lewis - Religion Writer

When we need mercy and grace in time of need, we need a good connection. Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” Getting the static out of the line is vitally important but putting up a good line to make a clear connection is what is needed as conditions of success.

First, we need to humble ourselves. II Chronicles 7:14. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Seeing ourselves as needy people dependent on God is our first step to a good connection.

Secondly, we need to seek Him sincerely, Jeremiah 29:13, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” God knows if we mean business and if our heart is in it. Do we really want it, do we give it our top priority and our all? God is not playing hard to get but He isn’t a genie in a lamp ready at our beckon call either.

Thirdly, we need to believe by faith and have hope in God’s promises. Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” The promises of God found in His Word are the substance for all our prayers. We present them in prayer believing God to be faithful to keep His promise. Are we persuaded that God will give us what He has promised? Romans 4:21, “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” A good connection with God is to just trust Him. He will not fail us. 1 Kings 8:56, “Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.”

Fourthly, we must be righteous and live righteously. James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of righteous man availeth much.” A righteous man is one who is first made righteous by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour, and then by his own right living. The way to be connected well with God is not only to trust Him but to obey Him. Living right and obeying the Father is rewarded by answered prayer. 1 John 3:22, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

Lastly, we must incorporate our prayer partner the Holy Spirit. He knows the mind of God and makes intercession for us according to the will of God. Romans 8:26 & 27, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit. Because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

When we can’t speak a word, the Holy Spirit does our asking. When we forget to ask for something needed the Holy Spirit knows our needs and sees to it the Father gets the request. We must depend on the Holy Spirit to help us pray intelligently for things that God will answer in the affirmative. To be connected with a good clear line we must go to the Father with the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name. The modem allows us to be online with God.

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By Dr. John W. Lewis

Religion Writer