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A Discussion on Prayer

Proverbs 15:8

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

112015 Ray McDonaldWe’re preparing for a 49 day Prayer/Fast at First United Methodist Church located in Laurel, MD.  From February 7 through March 26 – as we walk through Lent – we will strive to deny self – add to our walk with Christ – and draw near to God!

I would like to start a discussion about our prayer life.  I believe that for a person or for a church to be spiritually healthy and mature – we need a solid view of prayer and a solid prayer life.  Would you agree?

So – to start the discussion – I want to suggest some questions that might get us going.

What is our view of prayer? What is it for? What is the reason we do it?

Where do we pray? Is it important where we pray?

How often do we pray? Is our frequency important?

What do we expect to get from prayer? Do we have an agenda or a product we are after in prayer?

What is God’s part in prayer? Is God an active participant in prayer?

How essential is prayer to us?  As a person and as a church member?

These are just some questions to start our thinking and our discussion.  I will try to respond from time to time to the comments made on this post.  You may tackle all of the questions or one of the questions as the Lord lays thoughts on your mind.  I encourage discussion because we learn when we stretch one another and encourage one another.  Prayer pleases God and reaches His heart.

Prayer is our lifeline to God.  It is our communication with the Holy!  It is a way of allowing the Holy Spirit to speak with our spirit.  As a Christian and as a church family – prayer is essential.  If prayer is not part of our regular devotional time – please consider adding it to each day.  I believe adding just five minutes a day will make a difference.  We may find – as others have experienced – that by adding time – even 5 minutes – to our prayer life – we will find ourselves listening to and speaking with God more and more.  We may find ourselves trying to fit more and more prayer time into our day.  Try it and see what happens!

Thanks for participating in this open discussion on prayer.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 28, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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