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We assume everyone knows how to pray, but in our world today religion and traditions can make it seem complicated. Simply put, Christian prayer is possible because of Jesus; we can communicate - talk with God! But prayer goes way beyond communication...it encompasses communion with the One and Only God!
We speak of "prayer life" because prayer is to be a constant part of our daily lives. Think about the times that most of us do pray - at church, during our quiet times, before meals, before bed, in times of crisis.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray continually (NIV), without ceasing (KJV and NAS), at all times (Message).
Throughout this website we've compared Bible study to eating - which brings about nourishment and growth to our spirit. Let's think of how to pray as "breathing."
Just as breathing is essential to our physical lives so our prayer life is essential to our spiritual lives. Breathing consists of both inhaling and exhaling. Likewise, prayer is to be not only a process of talking to God, but also listening or receiving from God. It's being with Him in His presence!
The Bible is full of Scriptures on prayer commanding us to pray, and also telling us where to pray, how to pray, when to pray, who should pray, and for whom we should pray.
Of course we can pray anywhere & anytime, but Jesus tells us where our attitude of prayer should always be:
Matthew 6:6: "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
In Matthew 6:9-15 Jesus tells us how to pray when He gives us the pattern for prayer in what is now referred to as the Lord's prayer.
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
This model for a thriving prayer life consists of
Max Lucado includes a "pocket version" in his book - Before Amen. It gives us a simple way to remember Jesus' example.
You are good.
I need help. Heal me & forgive me.
They need help.
In Jesus’ name,
The Bible also instructs us to pray "in the Spirit". As Christians, we are praying to the Father, through the Holy Spirit within us, made possible by the authority of Jesus.
Ephesians 6:18 reminds us to also pray in the Spirit - "Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints."
1 Thessalonians says: "pray continually;"
Ephesians 6:18 says: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
In the Sermon on the Mount verses 6-8 of Matthew chapter 6, Jesus repeats three times: "when you pray"... not if you pray. As believers it is the breath of our spiritual life to spend time in prayer with our Heavenly Father.
Remember P.R.A.Y. - Prayer Releases All Your Eternal Resources! - #ArmorOfGodStudy
We can even let every breath can make us aware of the importance of our continual prayer life. Not only is our prayer life important for us, but it will become a model for our children also. Try these:
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