We were talking Sunday in the conclusion to the series Key Choices to a Great Life about how to live as the “victors” God has created us in Christ Jesus to be (see 1 John 5).  Doing so demands we be a person of effective prayer and the number one way to do that is to pray for the things God is always ready to give.  As the Bible says, “Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for” (I john 5:14-15).   Clearly, one of the prayers that is always in God’s Will and He is always ready to hear and answer in the affirmative is our prayer asking God to help us be obedient.
So let me extend my challenge from Sunday morning to all of us.  Between now and the end of the Holiday Season, make asking God to help you be obedient a dominant and sizable part of your prayer life.  Ask Him to make you obedient in your character, your relationships, your service, your giving, your witnessing, your sexuality, your personal worship, your vocation, your marriage, in forgiving others, in acting in grace, in parenting and …you get the idea.  And pay attention, being sure to notice the impact this has on your walk with God.  And share that story with others.
If you missed our series on Key Choices to a Great Life, you can find the first message of the series here: http://www.hopechapelsterling.org/sermons/.  We will have an epilogue to the series this week as we talk aboutEasy Ways to Fall in Love With God.
And if you have not checked it out in a while, you should take a fresh look at Hope’s web page atwww.hopechapelsterling.org.
See you Sunday.
Neal Davidson





Hope Chapel

35 Chocksett Rd

Sterling, MA 01564