Habit check time…still going strong? Wavering? Either way, you have help available – you only need ask. Talking to God is today’s reminder…here’s some reminders on the habit of prayer.
“We should never make prayer too complicated. We are prone to do so once we understand that prayer is something we must learn. It is also easy to yield to this temptation because the more complicated we make prayer, the more dependent people are upon us to learn how to do it. But Jesus taught us to come like children to a father. Openness, honesty, and trust mark the communication of children with their father. The reason God answers prayer is because his children ask. Further, there is an intimacy between parents and children that has room for both seriousness and laughter. Meister Eckhart notes that “The soul will bring forth Person if God laughs into her and she laughs back to him.”
Jesus taught us to pray for daily bread. Have you ever noticed that children ask for lunch in utter confidence that it will be provided. They have no need to stash away today’s sandwiches for fear none will be available tomorrow. As far as they are concerned, there is an endless supply of sandwiches. Children do not find it difficult or complicated to talk to their parents, nor do they feel embarrassed to bring the simplest need to their attention. Neither should we hesitate to bring the simplest requests confidently to the Father.”
Foster, Richard J.. Celebration of Discipline: The Path To Spiritual Growth (pp. 40-41). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
Questions and ideas on Prayer:
What lies are you believing when you don’t pray?
What truths do you ignore when you don’t pray?
What do these verses promise?
If you have that kind of help – is “not knowing” an acceptable excuse?
Pray with others. I could recount numerous testimonies on the benefits of having a prayer partner. Suffice it to say, it is worth all the effort you put into it. It can be awkward at first, but with practice, it becomes second nature. Let’s define “prayer partner”, this is the same person each time, someone who prays with you…not prays for you, or you pray for them. This isn’t praying in a group with some of the same people from time to time. This is REGULAR prayer time together (a few times a week if you couldn’t do daily), what you’ll find after awhile is you’ll slip into prayer time more frequently, it will become comfortable and a time you anticipate.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)
Spend time on the following words and what they mean to our prayer life: Confidence
Cultivate a prayerful attitude – pray for strangers that you see in your day to day life. Try to pray for at least three people you see each day this week.
Commit to showing up to the 9am prayer time on Sunday’s.
Recruit a prayer partner this week, set up a schedule to meet and pray together at least three times a week.