Prayer is a means of grace. A “means of grace” is a practice, ritual, place, or object that provides access to the powerand presence of God. Prayer is a practice that opens our hearts to the power of God’s love that heals and forms ourcharacter, damaged by sin, into the image of Christ. In prayer we make ourselves available to God and God’s love.

To understand the purpose and power of prayer we need to understand that faith is a relationship with God who comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is the way we can regularly communicate with God. Like any important relationship we need to open our hearts and lives to our beloved through honest communication. If a relationship is important, then we desire frequent, intimate, face-to-face conversation. Prayer is how we open ourselves to God. It’s how God’s love can become our love. Prayer is how we become channels of God’s love for the world.

When we pray, we open our hearts and minds to the heart and mind of Christ. When we surrender ourselves and fully open ourselves to his love then he is able to heal our brokenness and give us “the mind that was in Christ Jesus”. We then become channels of that love for our loved ones and for the world.

Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus - Philippians 2:5

In Christ’s Love,