By Vernalee
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“Prayer, simply put, is conversation with God. Having said that, shouldn’t we be doing it in a way that pleases Him? We should learn how to talk with Him, and share our concerns, fears, and pleas. We should pray to God freely. The Bible says a lot about prayer, including Jesus’ words on how to pray. His model, The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13. It reads:
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
How powerful are those words!
Let’s further visit when, where, and why we should to pray. Here are some practical pointers.
1. Take the time to pray.
2. Find a good spot to pray.
3. Know your purpose.
4. Understand that prayer does not have to involve crafted, reflective silence.
Additionally, the act of prayer include the following:
1. Get into your prayer position if desired, but you can pray anywhere in any
manner.
2. Prepare for prayer.
3. Begin the prayer (speaking out loud, thinking, in silence, singing, etc.).
4. Make the request, ask the questions, or just make your voice heard.
5. End the prayer. Amen is an appropriate closing.
I close by ending with a parable used by Jesus.
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is expressed by Luke, the doctor-turned-disciple. Luke recorded a story Jesus told about two men who both prayed to God, and how they were each received by the Father. Luke 18:10-14 provides this account.
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
“We want God to hear sincerity in our prayer, not vanity. As we pray, let’s determine to stay steadfastly humble before the Lord. Fortunately, God extends mercy to everyone who comes to Him in repentance, even those who get stuck in Churchianity, like the Pharisee. Bottom line: God is concerned with the heart of a person. So next time you go to God in prayer, ask yourself, am I humble or proud? Either way, it’s a chance to get right with Him.”
It is important for all of us to stay on bended knee.
Pray incessantly.
We can never pray enough. Never!
Happy Sunday! Blessings!
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