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How to Pray, Part 1

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Praying is a gift from our Heavenly Father to His children.  It is a way of communication with the Almighty God.  We learn who He is and what He desires for our lives by talking with Him.  As you grow and mature in your walk with God, I hope you will seek to develop a consistent prayer life.  What does prayer look like and how do we even start?  I have several ways that I like to pray, depending on what is going on in my life and the lives of my family and friends.  But one thing that remains consistent is praying according to a format I learned in Moms in Prayer.  There are four parts that are all designed to bring us into God’s presence with holy hands and a right attitude.  I will list each and explain how each one works, giving scripture for you to use in your prayer time.

The first part is PRAISE.  When we begin our time with God, we should come to Him with a humble attitude, acknowledging who He is through His attributes, character, and names.  I will use God is Omniscient as an example.  Omniscient means to have infinite knowledge, knowing all things.  God is the author of all knowledge and wisdom.  He created everything and holds the universe together.  Take a moment to read the following scriptures:  Psalm 139:1-6, Daniel 2:20-23, and Romans 11:33-34.  Reading these and spending a few moments thinking over them will set your mind to worship God.  Take some time to praise Him for His wisdom, for knowing the end from the beginning, for creating everything we see and beyond, and holding us all securely in the world He has created.

The second part is CONFESSION.  Use this time to search your hearts and confess any sin that He brings to mind.  Ask Him to reveal to you all hidden sin, and ask for His forgiveness.  How wonderful it is that we can come boldly to the throne of grace, confessing our sins before a Holy and just God, who readily and freely forgives us when we come with a repentant heart.  1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  This step is vitally important for our relationship with God.  Did you know that as believers, our prayers are hindered by our sin?  God won’t listen to us when we have unconfessed sin.    Psalm 66:18 says “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened”.  When we cherish our sin more than a right relationship with Him, we are walking in disobedience.  Sin blocks not only our communication with God, but it blocks our blessings.  So take some time here to confess any and all sin that you can think of.  

The third part is THANKSGIVING.  The bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”.  Being thankful acknowledges all that God has done for you.  We have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings that we do not deserve.  We acknowledge God working in our lives.

The last part is INTERCESSION.  This is where we bring our requests to God, knowing that He alone is in charge and can bring about change.  Of course, not all requests will be answered according to how we desire.  He is sovereign and knows what is best.  His best may not look right or feel good to us, but ultimately we need to trust Him to work on our behalf. Our prayers should not be a laundry list of wants or resemble a child’s Christmas list that they give to Santa.  Instead we should be asking God to work in our lives to make us more like Christ.  As Christians, holiness is our number one priority.  We should be asking the Holy Spirit to conform us to the image of Christ in every way.  We can and should petition God to move in our lives to bring about healing, financial assistance, safety and security.  These things are wonderful to pray for.  And most definitely we should be praying for the salvation of those we know.  This is the most important prayer we can pray, for everything in this world is temporary, but what is on the other side is eternal.

I will be going into more aspects on prayer in upcoming posts, such as praying through God’s Word.  When we pray His Word back to Him, we are praying His will for our lives.  I will also be giving sample prayers for you to add to your quiet time.  I will teach you how to develop your own list of prayers and go over what a prayer journal is and how it will benefit you.

For now, I challenge you to develop a consistent time with God every day.  It can be in the morning, evening, or whenever your schedule allows. We are all in different seasons of life and are juggling many things.  But having this time set aside to spend with God will really set the tone for your day and will change your life.  I promise.

Here is the link for Moms in Prayer that will give you what you need for step one.  Choose one aspect of God to pray over each day.

https://momsinprayer.org/resources/prayer-tools/prayer-sheets/

 

Job 12:13

IMG_4488Praising God this morning for His wisdom. How grateful I am that He shares with us wisdom for without it we would be truly lost. Imagine trying to find your way without a map or GPS. No internet access. No phone connection. Just wandering aimlessly around with no idea where you are going. God’s Word is our lifeline. To receive His instructions we must stay connected to Him. Father, thank you for guiding us through Your Word. Thank you for speaking truth to our hearts.

Broken Mess

IMG_4446Last week in our Mom’s in Prayer group I learned of a unique Japanese tradition called Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi which is the process of taking broken pottery and repairing it using powered gold, silver, or platinum.  I find this so interesting that instead of throwing out something that was once treasured, but is now considered useless, they take great care to repair the broken piece and end up with something that is far more valuable.

So often we feel The Lord leading us to do something, speak to someone about Christ, teach a Bible study, or maybe write a book.  But we hesitate thinking we can’t possibly be used by God because of the laundry list of sins we have in our lives.  We feel broken by sin and unusable.  How could God use a mess like us?  Thankfully He does not see us that way.  He sees what could be with the proper mending of Christ’s blood covering our sins.

Oh sweet friend, you are not too far gone for God to use you.  He is excellent at repairing our broken lives.  Lean into Him and allow His transforming power to mold you into a new creation, fit for anything He calls you to do.

Romans 12:2 says “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Unfortunately, after my Mom’s in Prayer meeting, I woke up the next morning to a mess in my garden.  Either the wind or a squirrel broke one of my pots.  I was not able to mend it properly, so it will most likely be thrown out.

 

God Provides

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Father, I praise You for being able to provide for us everything we need throughout our lives. Whether it is a physical need (health, safety, financially, nourishment), or spiritually (becoming more like Christ in holiness), You will always provide for us. I pray that my children will be very aware of Your presence working in their lives. May they know that it is You who are working in them, providing for them, and guiding their lives. May they become more like Christ in their words and thoughts. I pray they will abound in every good work, giving You the glory for all they accomplish.

God is Able

IMG_4419Our Father is more than able to meet every need that we have. His resources are endless. Today let’s praise Him for being fully ABLE. His knowledge of our circumstances far exceeds our limited perspective. Trust in Him for His timing and ways.