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Clergy Corner: Communication motivation

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Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2010 4:43 pm | Updated: 3:36 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Any relationship, partnership, cooperative effort, business, even church is doomed to failure if there is no communication. The strongest military can be frozen when there is a loss of communication. Marriages and family relationships quickly deteriorate when communication breaks down.

We all understand the necessity of communicating. It serves a vital function. Our own personal success and accomplishments depend on good communication skills. That is the motivation or purpose. People don’t really do anything without some kind of motivation or purpose. You get a job to survive. You watch TV to relax. You pay taxes to stay out of jail. You go to Disneyland because it is fun. You wouldn’t drive to the mall, then turn around and go back home for no reason. You wouldn’t exchange the light bulbs in the bedroom with the ones in the living room. There is just no reason, purpose or motivation.

Pastor Mark Ernst

Now let’s look at communication motivation from a Christian angle. What is communication with God? We call it prayer. Prayer, as with all communication, is vital to maintaining a relationship. In this case it’s with God. Now, what will motivate us to pray? The word is purpose. Remember we said earlier that we don’t do much without purpose. We will pray if we really believe God hears us and acts on our behalf. If we don’t really believe that, chances are you are not going to pray much because there is no motivation to pray.

Prayer is an act of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says “Without faith it is impossible to please God” When we pray, we not only maintain communication in our relationship with God, but prove our faith in Him.

As we pray, our faith becomes stronger. We pray with growing faith and real expectation. We know God hears us and His hand is guiding us. Thus, a stronger motivation to pray. Jesus prayed so often during His ministry here on earth and that should really be motivation enough. With all the challenges going on in the world today, it’s time to intensify our communication with God. Start now. Pray, let your faith grow; elevate your expectation of what God is going to do in your life. He does great things. That is some real motivation for communication with the God who loves you.

Rev. Mark Ernst is the lead pastor of Palm Canyon Assembly, which meets at Arbor Rose, 6033 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa;

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