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This Christian devotion takes an everyday occurrence and connects it with God's Word to teach us a spiritual truth to help us grow in Christ and bring encouragement.
God is at work in us and all around us. Our fingerprints identify us, and God has placed His identifying marks all over our world and lives to point us to Him! This type of Bible devotion lesson is meant to help us see His "Godprints."
Think about it....breathing is something we are constantly doing. Stop for a moment and see how long you can hold your breath. Why couldn't you continue holding your breath? Yes, we need to breathe to live! That's just how our bodies work.
Prayer can be a lot like breathing. Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we are to
"pray without ceasing."
Does this mean we are constantly walking around with our heads bowed and eyes closed?! Absolutely not! Can you imagine what would happen? That could be dangerous!
Most of the time, we're not even aware of our breathing; we don't even have to think about it. It just happens naturally. God wants us to be so aware of His presence with us that it becomes natural to communicate with Him throughout our day just like walking through the day talking with a friend.
Yes, there will be times we need to stop and catch our "spiritual" breath, but this shows us prayer is also something we can do as we go about our day.
• We can wake up thanking God for another day to be alive. Thanking Him for the bed we slept in, the clothes we put on, etc.
• We can pray for our neighbors as we leave the house to go to school or go to the store.
• We can praise God for the beautiful sky or flowers we see as we're out and about.
• We can pray for the many people we pass, that they may come to know Jesus or for missionaries on the other side of the world!
• We can talk to God about our fear or worries, about our disappointments or excitement, about the future or the past.
• We can talk to God from our first waking moments to the time we lay our heads on the pillow asking Him to protect us and help us sleep.
When we breathe, we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Breathing actually cleanses our bodies!
During the next few minutes take several long deep breaths. As you breathe in ask God to fill your life, to draw you closer to Him. As you breathe out, confess to God areas of your life in which you've been disobedient to Him and ask for His forgiveness.
Just as breathing can bring cleansing to our physical bodies, so can prayer to our spiritual bodies.
Memorize 1 Thess. 5:17 now and let constant breathing remind you to continually pray - talk to God. He is always with us!
We are able to pray as we go throughout our day staying in constant communication with God.
This week take note of your breathing and let it remind you to be aware of God's presence with you; commune with Him.
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