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How’s Our Prayer Life

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

IMG_0301It is a common subject on this blog page to ask about our prayer life. I truly believe that a person’s prayer life reveals a lot about their walk with God.  Like in a good marriage – the way we talk to and the frequency of our conversations with our spouse is a good indicator of the health of the marriage. A person’s prayer life is also very revealing about the relationship they have with God. I believe we can draw a parallel between our prayer life and our relationship with God.  As our prayer life goes – so goes our relationship with God.  What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?

Jesus – yes – God the Son – spent a great deal of time conversing with God the Father through prayer – and they were tight!  Here are a few Scriptures that give us a glimpse of Jesus at prayer. Continue reading

March 18, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prayer/Fast – Day 2

Mark 1:35

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

This passage is part of my second day reading in the Prayers of Jesus reading plan.  It was Jesus’ practice of going early in the morning – and spending time with the Father in prayer.  When do you pray?  How long do you spend in prayer?

After spending time with His disciples and feeding the 5,000 – Jesus went aside and spent time in prayer.  Mark 6:46 – After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

Where do you pray?  Do you have a prayer closet?  Do you have a special place you get away to pray?  I have a prayer kneeler in my office that I often use.  I also like to pray outdoors – and sitting on my deck and looking out into the woods behind my house.  Jesus went off alone – and spent time in prayer with the Father. When Jesus was nearing His crucifixion – He went to the Garden of Gethsemane and spent time before the Father.

As we continue with the 21-day prayer/fast I would encourage you to find a place – a specific place or two – where you can spend time with God.  It will become holy to you as you open your heart to God and seek His face and desire His grace.

Remember my key passage during the 21-day prayer/fast – Daniel 9:3 – So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. I invite you to spend ½ an hour or even a few moments this morning in prayer – in your special place.

Report:  I am doing well with my fasting – no Words with Friends – no sugar – no Diet Pepsi.  I’m still looking for some other things to remove from my life.

If you wish to join me reading the same plans on www.youversion.com they are a year-long reading plan called Robert Roberts – day 11 today – a five-day plan called the Prayers of Jesus on day 3 today – and the Gospels in 30 days  – day 3 today.  Join me or try other reading plans.

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

Today’s Awakening Devotion can be found here!

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January 11, 2012 Posted by | Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast, From the Pastor | , , , | Leave a comment

How’s Your Prayer Life? It can take you to the next level spiritually!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Several times on this blog we have typed/talked about our prayer life. I truly believe that a person’s prayer life reveals a lot about their walk with God.  Like in a good marriage – the way we talk to and the frequency of our conversations with our spouse – a person’s prayer life is very revealing about the relationship they have with God. I believe we can draw a parallel between our prayer life and our relationship with God.  As our prayer life goes – so goes our relationship with God.  What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?

Jesus – yes – God the Son – spent a great deal of time conversing with God the Father through prayer – and they were tight!  Here are a few Scriptures that give us a glimpse of Jesus at prayer.

Mark 1:35 – Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. The early morning is a great time to spend intimate time with God.  Early is a great time to get things right – to set the course of our day – to put on the spiritual armor of God. If you are like me – you are not a morning person – but it is a great time to get things started on the right foot.  Make the effort to start your day talking with God.

Luke 6:12 – One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Have you ever lost sleep in worry over something or the other?  Have you wrestled decisions all night?  Some of my best sleepless nights have been times when I was wrestling with God over something in my life.  Have you ever prayed through something – all night long?  If not – try it!

Luke 5:16 – Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Do we spend time with God – alone – and on a regular basis?  When is the last time you went out and found a quite place to sit and talk with God?

What is your prayer life like?  Do you feel like you are in a rut – spiritually?  Do you yearn for something that will help take you to the next level?  May I suggest that you increase your prayer life?  I simply mean – spend more time conversing with God.  And don’t do all the talking!  Sit and listen for God to speak with you!

Today’s passage says – Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Speak often with the Lord – give God your ear and speak your heart to Him – continually throughout the day – and see how it might impact your spiritual life.  It might just help take you to the next level you desire!

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

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Prayer | , , , | 1 Comment

   

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