Being a christian in it’s most simplistic form is to be a little Christ, to be Christ like, a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ.

To succeed in the CrossWalk you need to have a personal relationship with God. God made a way for us to commune with Him by giving up his only son to die for the sins that we have committed and will commit. Through the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ the plan of redemption was brought out. Mankind as a whole separated from God because of one mans sin, were brought back into right standing by one man, the Son of God Jesus Christ. Because of this act of love we are able to come before a Holy God confident and bold, knowing who we are. God sees us through what he did on the cross, he sees us with no sin. In the gospel of Matthew chapter 7:7-11 says ‘Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For each one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, if his son asks a loaf, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a snake? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him?’ ask and it will be given to you, this is how we can pray to our Father in Heaven who generously gives us what we are in need of. In the book of James 1:5 says ‘But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.’ If your not sure what to do in a situation, just stop and take the time to seek God on the matter, He will give you the solution. You have to realize that when you accepted Jesus into your heart you were made to be a child of God. Just like what it says in the scripture of Matthew how much more would your heavenly father give. You see God is not some kind of far away angry God, He’s a loving God. Loving so much he gave his son up for you. If you keep some of this in mind when you pray, it will make you more confident and you will get more out of your prayer. You will have a more successful prayer life if you come to God knowing what he has done for you, and who he has made you.

When Jesus was crucified, we also were crucified with Him.

Galatians 2:20 ‘I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.’

Romans 6:6 ‘knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.’

When Jesus Was crucified our sins was also Crucified, enabling us to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. The crucifixion of Jesus is what made us to be able to come to a Holy God as a unholy man and commune with Him. But prayer isn’t just about asking for things, it’s also an act of worship and thanksgiving. All of us are fathers, or have fathers, or have someone in the life as a father figure can understand this. When a little child constantly comes up to you begging for something they want. The first couple times it’s cute, so you give in, you give them there Oreo and go on. But it’s a different story when the child only comes up to you only when it wants something. I don’t know about you but i would be more likely to give the child what it wants if he/she comes to me on a daily basis and says ” you know what? your pretty awesome, looking good have you been going to the gym?” I would give that kid the whole bag of cookies. Well that’s the same thing with God, you can’t expect to get anything out of your prayer if you only come to God when your in need, you have to have a day to day relationship with Him. So i challenge you to just take the time to just thank Him every once in awhile, thank Him for the cross. Thank Him for your salvation, your home, your friends, your family, etc. It’s not hard, and i promise you if you take time to thank Him and just Love on Him a bit you will have a successful prayer life.

Just Remember Your a Child of God no matter what you have heard all you life, it doesn’t matter what people think of you. It matters what God thinks of you, He sees you through what he did on the cross. You were crucified with Jesus and your sins were forgiven, enabling you to come before a holy God as a unholy man. You have right standing with God, you have to the ability to pray and seek out God. And remember don’t get to caught up in only asking for things, praise and thank Him for what He has done for you. So I urge you to Get into your Bible and See who you are in Christ and what your postion is as a heir of God. You can begin by reading the Pauline epistles. This would help you learn more about our standing with God, and how He sees us. I would suggest reading Romans then moving to Ephesians, Galatians, etc.

Having a personal relationship with God is essential to your CrossWalk

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