fr-logo-only-lg-shadowLately God has directed my personal study time toward prayer; how to, what to, why to, and when to pray. You may ask, “Tony, you’ve been a Christian for some time now and you haven’t figured out prayer yet?” By what I am learning, the answer is no, not completely. And may I submit that from what I hear from other’s prayers, conversations, and Facebook Prayers (that’s another complete sermon all its own) that many of you are still learning, or are in need of learning more about talking to our Father, God.

In order to draw closer to Him, we must learn, improve, and PRACTICE our prayer life. This is our communication to The One who desires to have a personal relationship with each of us. Just as we have to learn to communicate with our parents, children, and spouses, we must continually work on our communication to God so that we may grow in Him. The cool thing is He is always there waiting to “talk.” For the next few weeks I would like to share with you what I have learned and am learning. I hope it is encouraging to you as you seek to draw closer to God.

Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.Matthew 6:8

A man had transformed an over grown plot of ground into a beautiful garden and was showing a friend what he had accomplished. Pointing to a bed of flowers, he said, “Look at what I did here.” His companion corrected him, “You mean, ‘Look at what God and I did here.'” The gardener replied, “I guess you’re right. But you should have seen the shape this plot was in when He was taking care of it by Himself.” 

We chuckle at the man’s reply, but it expresses a wonderful spiritual truth—we are co-workers with God. This applies to every area of life, including prayer. It answers a question that naturally comes to mind when we reflect on Jesus’ statements in Matthew 6. He said we don’t need to pray on and on with vain repetitions like the pagans, because our Father knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 6:7-8).

The question is, then, why pray? The answer is simple and comforting. God has graciously chosen to give us the privilege of being His partners in both the physical and spiritual areas of life. Through prayer we work with Him in defeating the powers of evil and in bringing about the fulfillment of His loving purposes in the world. Partners with God—what a privilege! What an incentive to pray! —Herb Vander Lugt

Although God knows our every need,
His work He wants to share;
He takes us into partnership
By calling us to prayer. —D. De Haan

Friday Night Dinner Ride 2-12-16 We will meet at Kohl’s at 6pm. At 6:30 Road Captain Allen Tanner will lead us on a great ride to an out of town restaurant. Dress warm and plan on enjoying the “unseasonable” weather as we ride out of town. Bring a cage if you’re too fair weathered to ride!

Second Saturday Ride 2-13-16 Due to the XO Marriage Simulcast this weekend we will not start our ride until afternoon. It will be warmer then anyway. Meet at the Science Spectrum, 2579 South Loop 289, at 12:30. We will enjoy an afternoon ride through some West Texas countryside. Some are even lobbying for an overnight stay somewhere. Come prepared to ride and we’ll see what the day holds. There will always be the option of returning if you can’t do overnight.

FRL Summer Trip June 8-13, 2016 This year we will ride higher, further, and longer than we have ever gone to places we have never been as a group. Reserve the dates and schedule your vacation time. A flyer will be released soon with information on destination and hotel bookings. God has already shown favor in setting up this trip. I am more excited about this trip than any other ever before! Plan on going! You don’t want to miss this one.

God’s work is done by those who pray.