St Paul writes:
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
A former Bishop of Winchester, John V Taylor, once wrote,
“To live in prayer, therefore, is to live in the Spirit; and to live in the Spirit is to live in Christ…Prayer is not something you do; it is a style of living.”
We need God’s Word to nourish us and we need to develop a deep and on-going life of prayer. Prayer is integral to our lives as we try to follow Jesus. But prayer doesn’t innoculate us from the bad things in life. We will have our challenges and disappointments. We will have feelings of betrayal, and thoughts that God has left us to struggle on this road alone. Are we willing to face that?
Offer to God the things you’re finding difficult at the moment. If it helps, have a chat with another Christian, who can give you some support.
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