Responding to God

David Muyskens

READ : 1 John 4:16-21 We love because he first loved us. (v. 19) Every relationship with God begins with divine initiative. God speaks first, we reply in prayer. God loves us first, we respond in turn with our love of God. In prayer we listen to God, speak to God, and spend time receiving the love of God and returning that love. When my friend speaks to me I will listen attentively and then make a verbal response to …

Prayer

David Muyskens

READ : Acts 1:12-14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer. (v. 14) I was lying on an emergency room gurney. I thought I was having a heart attack. When the doctor came in, he asked, “Are you trying to do it all yourself?” After numerous tests he concluded my symptoms were caused by stress. I really was acting in my own power in my pastoral ministry—trying to do it all myself. I needed to establish a regular practice …