Did you know that there are 650 prayers listed in the Bible? With such a large dedication to prayer in Scripture, we can certainly assume that prayer was very important to God. In my personal life, prayer has been a game changer. It is during my time of prayer that God has changed my heart and started molding me into who He has designed me to be. With each and every prayer, it has brought me closer to Him.
If we are wanting to “Develop a Faith that Flourishes”, as is our theme for the month, a large focus should be on thriving through prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to us, “Never stop praying.” God may not be physically present in front of us, but He is spiritually present and we can speak to Him through prayer.
Many times when I am upset or frustrated, I turn to God in prayer. For example, there was a moment where my husband and I weren’t on the same page on a subject and it was about to put me through the roof. I took a break from our conversation and turned to God in prayer. Instead of God telling me that I was right and changing my husband’s mind, God changed my attitude about the situation. God may have not answered the prayer the way I had wanted Him to in the moment, but the prayer grew me, softened my heart and deepened my relationship with God and my husband.
I have heard people tell me that they don’t know how to pray or they feel awkward praying. Although God is holy and we should not come to Him lightly, we do have an open door to come to Him anytime through Jesus Christ. When I pray, it’s like a conversation with my Heavenly Father who loves me and cares for me. I know that I can talk to Him about anything in my life because He cares and He already knows what’s going on in my heart. If you are a person who needs more structure, in Luke 11:1-13 and Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus teaches us how to pray. We can use the Lord’s Prayer as a guide to our own prayer journey by filling our prayers with: praise, prayer for God’s will, prayer requests and confession of sins.
One thing I use to do more of that I am starting up again is prayer journaling. By taking the time to write out my prayers to our Father, I can free myself from distraction and focus that time specifically for Him. Then, I can look back at previous prayers and see how many prayers He has answered and how much I have grown in the time since I started. If you have never tried prayer journaling, I encourage you to take some time to try it!
Finally, I want to mention to you that if you need prayer, please feel free to contact me. You can contact me through the comments below, via Facebook, or if you want our conversation to be private, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can assure you, our conversation will remain between you, me and God.
Prayer: Father, thank You so much for this beautiful gift of prayer. Thank You for opening Your door to us, that we may come to you at any moment in prayer. Father, I ask that you please continue to grow my prayer life and help others grow theirs as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Discussion: What has personally helped you in your prayer life? If you are willing, please share in the comments below. Many times we grow through suggestions and encouragement of other people God has planted in our lives!
Memory Verse: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT).
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