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When I first came to Christ, I had no understanding what prayer was all about. When I attended church, I heard people pray beautiful prayers. I was probably like most new Christians. I saw prayer as a form of public speaking. Many people prayed in a language that was quite different from normal conversation. They used “thee” and “thou” to address God. Therefore, I was somewhat intimidated.
Then one day a friend of mine began praying in a small Bible study group that I was attending. He was also a new Christian. When he prayed, there seemed to be such reality. God’s presence filled the small band of students. I’d never experienced that kind of praying. It was fresh. It was reality.
What was the difference in my friend’s prayer and so many others that I had heard pray when I was a new Christian? Simply this – he was real, and his prayer had a simple honesty to it. He wasn’t trying to impress anyone with his spirituality. He wasn’t constructing a speech. He spoke in his own language – not one with which he was unfamiliar. He simply prayed with an honest heart.
Prayer is the communion of two hearts – the heart of God and the heart of man. It’s communication with the Creator of the universe at its deepest level. It’s not an attempt to impress man or God. It’s simply being for real. If there’s one truth that we must know about prayer, it’s truth! We can’t be fake. We can’t wear a mask into the secret place of prayer. We must approach God in a spirit of genuineness.
If we’re hurting, we need to be honest about that. If there’s sin in our lives, we don’t need to try to cover it up. If we’re excited about a victory we’ve experienced, then we need to rejoice and give praise and thanksgiving to God for all that He’s done. If we’re defeated, we need to cry out for help. If we’re apathetic and don’t care that we’re apathetic, then we need to be honest about that, and ask God for the grace to change.
Honesty must be the condition of a truly praying heart. Otherwise, prayer is nothing more than religious duty. When the Bible speaks of powerful praying, it speaks of honest praying. The book of James says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). Honest confession and God’s healing go hand in hand.
If you desire to be a man or woman of prayer, it begins with honesty. It’s impossible to wear a mask in the presence of the One who knows everything. He already knows the condition of your heart. The reason we need to be honest isn’t for His sake, but for our sake. When we open our hearts genuinely and sincerely to Him, then He comes. He meets with us. He answers us. And, yes, He heals the broken heart .
James : Chapter 5
13) Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14) Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15) And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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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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