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A Letter to the Lord for 2018


“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3, NKJV)
The New Year is upon us! Naturally, each year, we hear about New Year’s resolutions. As we enter 2018, I suggest beginning the year by making some new commitments: a commitment to read the Word of God each day, spending some quality time in prayer, including listening to what He would say to you.
A great way to walk out your prayer life is by journaling. If you feel your time is too limited for that, why not write a letter to the Lord? Letters serve to document what we are believing for, so we can keep our faith focused. Often times, we pray about things and then life gets in the way; the pressures of life mount and we become distracted, or we simply quit praying, having lost our focus some other way.
The New Testament is filled with letters, they are what we call the epistles. These letters were carried by the mode of transportation of the day either to an individual or to a circuit of churches for the purpose of their spiritual growth.
Within the epistles are prayers which have proven very effective for believers of the day, as well as for the church today. Here are some examples:
“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (Ephesians 1:15-19, NKJV).
If you would like to know God’s will for your life and how you can be more effective for the Kingdom in 2018, you might want to begin here. Paul prays that believers may have the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. This is essential to a prayerful relationship with God, that He would give us wisdom beyond anything earth and that He would reveal to what His calling is for each of us.
Do you know what God created you to do? You may not be called to preach from a pulpit. Your pulpit, however, may be the school, doctor’s office or department store you work in each day. People everywhere need Jesus.
Did you know that as a believer you are a child of God? God created you with purpose. This year, I encourage you to seek the Lord, discover what that purpose is. Write it in a letter to the Lord.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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