Prayer

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What is it?

How does one pray ?

Does it work?

Why is it important?

First,
prayer is communication with God through the Holy Spirit.

Too often prayers are sent as if the person who is praying has no idea who they are talking to,  but they hope to be heard and granted their request.

If you write a letter and place it in an envelope with no address, you can be certain it won’t leave your mailbox.

God has placed in every heart a knowledge of something higher than humanity.

It is clear when one looks at the history of mankind, man is always finding something to worship, because in every heart there is a God size whole yearning to worship.

The Bible tells us that we should know and understand God and in our prayers and recognize who we are speaking with.

God tells Abraham about Himself. Gen. 17:1

He tells Moses about Himself. Ex. 10:2

And Jesus told us about God in ways the world had before never grasped. Matt. 5:1-16, Matt. 6:5-15, Matt. 7:21-24

When in prayer God wants to be addressed.

Jesus said: “In this manner,  therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven,  Hallowed be Your name.” Matt. 6:9

He is holy and merciful.

He is just and loving.

He is good and kind.

When praying, stop and recognize the same God who created the entire universe is listening to your heart and cares so much for you that nothing is too “small” to bring to Him in prayer.

But remember,
this is a conversation,
look for ways He is responding,
whether it’s in the Word,
or in yourself and your perspective,
or in the circumstances of the day,
He wants you to hear Him.

So stop.

Take some time.

Make a list,
of who God says He is,
of what things He has already done in your life,
and thank Him.

Use the list as a spring board to prayer.

The Psalms show us that David often spent his time in prayer simply reflecting on who God is and what He had done.

“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You
in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;”
Ps 63: 1-4a

From these verses David speaks of God’s power, glory, and loving kindness.

David shares of his need for God, comparing it to thirst.

So as you pray,
think of the Addressee.

Remember to thank Him for at least one thing He has given,  even if it as simple as “thanks for the breathe to pray”.

Because He wants a relationship with you.

What better way to begin than with time invested in conversation?

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