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People often come to me burdened because their prayer life feels like it’s no more than a ritual. They seem to have lost their intimacy with God – their passion and sweet fellowship with Him. “What am I doing wrong?” is their plea. “I pray. I try to talk to God, but it seems like God is so far away,” they complain.
There’s not a simple answer to that question. There can be numerous reasons why prayer has become so routine. However, one major reason is that many believers have lost sight of the true meaning of prayer. Prayer isn’t trying to get something from God. The purpose of prayer is to get to know God. It’s the communion of two hearts – the heart of God and the heart of man. Too often, we’re more interested in the hand of God than we are the heart of God. The Bible regularly speaks of prayer as “seeking God’s face.” Many of us are more interested in a hand stretched out to us than we are a heart given for us.
The Bible says, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3 NIV). Our motive in prayer is paramount to successful Christian praying. God looks upon the motives of our hearts. He sees what no one else can see. He sees the deep intents of our hearts. If our motivation is selfish gain, then our times with Him will be spiritually weak. There will be very little joy and the lack of His presence and power.
On the other hand, when we pray with our focus on Him, we will then know joy unspeakable. When we seek His face rather than His hand, we will rediscover the joy of intimacy with Christ. We will have communion with Him in a way that was previously unknown to us.
I’ll never forget the first time that I went to Uganda to speak. I was introduced to the people by Peter Kasarivu, director of African Renewal Ministries. Peter said something very interesting in his introduction. “Brother Sammy,” he said, “we have heard your voice by audio tape. But today is a great joy for us because we can see you face to face.”
What Peter was basically saying was this. “We’ve known you at a distance. We’ve heard your voice and your messages. But today, we’re entering into a new phase of our relationship with you. We’re able to share our hearts with you and hear what’s on your heart. We can deepen our relationship.”
That’s exactly what God desires from us – that we seek His face. He wants to have more than a superficial relationship with us. He desires to share His heart with us and He wants us to share our hearts with Him. That should be the supreme motivation in prayer. When it is, some incredible things begin to take place.
There’s a new found joy that invades our prayer lives when our sole motivation is to know Him. We begin to pray with a deep intimate knowledge that He is present. And ultimately, He does more for us than we could ever ask or think. Seasons of prayer become the most wonderful parts of our day. So, next time you spend time in prayer, make sure that your motivation is to get to know Him. Seek His face, and you may be surprised at what happens.
Psalm : Chapter 145
13) Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.[a] 14 The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. 17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 20 The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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