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 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
(Romans 8:17)
As we come to the end of our journey through A 30-Day Conversation, our final passage-of-focus offers a key take-away that I so hope you will carry forward from this series into your own prayer life.
The Apostle Paul points out in his letter to the Romans that believers are heirs of God, co-heirs with Christ. The passage speaks volumes concerning our relationship to the Godhead, including Father, Son and – by extension – Holy Spirit. In the original Greek language of the New Testament, heirs as found in our passage-of-focus is translated as those who receive their allotted possession by right of sonship. Did you catch that? Because Holy God through His mercy and love deems believers to be his children, we are freely given full and undeserved rights to receive His inheritance (see Matthew 25:34, Galatians 3:29, Colossians 1:12, 3:24, 1 Peter 1:4).
Paul’s words express the eye-opening, undeniable and spiritual truth that we – you and I – are in partnership with God in His Kingdom as we know it today. He has embraced us and given us the privilege of working with Him as we anticipate and seek to prepare others for the second coming of Christ. Let that truth sink into the depths of your heart for a moment. That privilege carries with it a responsibility for the grantees of this inheritance to work closely with its Grantor.
And one of the main keys to any successful co-worker relationship is, of course, good and steady communication. Which leads us – in this case – to prayer. Simply put, prayer is a non-negotiable requirement for the life of any believer who seeks to be a useful partner of God with Christ. Evangelist Billy Graham states the obvious even more bluntly: a prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian.
With all the love I can muster in my heart – and believe me, I have come to cherish each of you over the past month – I have to tell you that being a powerless Christian is nowhere near an option for any believer. Why? Because God placed the power of prayer directly into our hands when He sacrificed His Only Son, Jesus Christ, to be crucified and resurrected on our behalf.
That’s right. Our ability to communicate with God is possible solely because Christ removed the barrier of sin – our sin – that once separated us from God. Alone, you and I don’t even have the right to be a fly on the wall in the presence of Almighty God. On that cross at Golgotha, however, the tables turned in our favor when the pure and perfect, unjustly battered and abused Christ paid the penalty for our sins and demolished the barrier that we never could. He did that for us so that God could then deliver to believers – to you and me –  the privilege of being able to freely coming into His presence at any time.
Don’t you see? This privilege is one of the many reasons we must commit our lives to Christ. D. De Haan, as well as the writer who penned the words to the paragraph that follows Haan’s poem below, provide a concise summary stating our call to an active and conversationnal prayer life:
Although God knows our every need,
His work He wants to share;
He takes us into partnership
By calling us to prayer.
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!
Conclude Day 30 by reflecting on the following questions, then document your PRAYER conversation for today in light of your answers.
What does it mean to you personally to know that God through His Son has placed the empowering tool of prayer directly into your hands?
Will you commit to using that tool to a fuller potential as you move forward from this series? If so, in what ways will you make that commitment? Please explain.
Praise and Thanksgiving:
            In your own words, who is God to you personally? What has He done for you specifically
            in the past day or so – especially the little things – that surprised you or drew you
            appreciation?
Repentance:
This one seems obvious, but consider making a deliberate commitment to go
            beyond “I’m sorry” and make a sincere commitment to do your best through Christ
            to lay these sins aside.
Adoration:
            Love Him. Worship Him. And don’t be afraid to do so with hymns or other songs of
            worship…sometimes mere words may not seem adequate to you. That’s ok!
Yielding:
Is there something you need to turn over to God? A circumstance you can’t control?
            Complicated relationship? Your own will that’s struggling with His will?
Expectation:
What are your concerns, your hopes, your dreams for your church? Your family?
Friends? Not-so-much friends? Yourself?
Restoration:
            End your conversation with the firm knowledge that you are God’s and God is yours.
            Affirm your trust in His all-powerful, never-ending presence in your life. Thank Him
            again for what He’s done for you in the past and what He will do for you in the future
            that’s in accordance with His will. This is an important and proactive demonstration of
            your faith in Him.

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