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Prayer -- Virtual or Vital?
Posted on September 4, 2018 10:00 AM by Ken Slaughter
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   I read somewhere that the average person can maintain only about 150 relationships. How can that be true when I have 800 friends on Facebook alone? It raises questions. What is a friend? What is a relationship? I’m not taking a shot at social media. I’m thankful to be able to keep up with high school friends (in Georgia), Navy buddies, and missionary friends. But we have to recognize that virtual friendships rank lower than close personal friendships. It leads to problems when people confuse the virtual with the vital.  
    
   In Matthew 7, we learn two things: People get confused about their relationship with Jesus. But Jesus is very clear about it.
 
   Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” And then will I declare to them,” I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23).
 
   Do you know Him? Do you post a prayer every now and then just to show some activity on the account? Or do you communicate deeply with Him about important and intimate things in your life?
 
   Do you spend time listening for His voice speaking in your spirit?
 
   Are your prayers virtual or vital?
 
--Ken Slaughter serves as CABA's Prayer Encourager and pastors Mt. Repose Baptist in Milford, Oh.
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