Verse 21b-22 ...and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Yesterday we started talking about what is required to build ourselves up in a most holy faith and today we will continue that discussion as we talk about praying in the Spirit and keeping ourselves in God's love.
We all know prayer is an important part of our Christian walk, but Jude understood it didn't happen without effort. As with all of the spiritual disciplines, we must be intentional in strengthening them. An important first step in any discipline is allowing time and energy for it. Why energy you may ask? Because intentional praying isn't natural to the flesh. When we make up our minds to grow in this discipline, we will find that the enemy will give us plenty of distractions which may cause us to be fighting to stay in a prayerful state of mind.
A prayerful state of mind is a mind that is set on Christ. This conversation we are having with Him is had with an understanding of who He is. We don't go in focused on self or we will find ourselves missing true conversation. Just as when we meet up with friends, if we are only concerned with what we want to say or topics we like, we will miss the real joy of friendship, if we go into prayer thinking only of what we want to talk about, we miss a meaningful time with our God.
When we do join God in true relational conversation or as Jude refers to it, "praying in the Holy Spirit," we will find that our prayer times will reveal things about us that maybe we haven't been thinking about. For instance, have you ever been praying and suddenly remembered a sin that needed to be confessed or maybe a wrong done to a family member or friend that needed to be apologized for? This is the Holy Spirit working in our hearts to draw us into righteous living.
As we grow in our righteous living we will prove that we are keeping ourselves in His love, being caught up in His mercy as we await an eternity with Him. How sweet it is to have communion with Him through prayer in this life, being assured that we will have sweet fellowship with Him for eternity. Oh that all His dear children would desire such times of conversation with Him.
Making It Personal
How would you rate your prayer life? Have you found a time and place that allows for more intimate, undistracted time with Him? Do you desire a better prayer life?
Making It Personal Kids
How would you describe prayer? What do you think Jesus wants to talk to you about? What do you want to talk to Jesus about?
Father, thank You for wanting a conversational relationship with us. May we desire the depth of communication with You that You desire with us. In Jesus' name, amen.