Prayer

Two of the most important ways you can do this is by spending time in prayer.  YES that's right, two.  


Prayer is talking to God but it is also listening. God speaks to us in several ways: He speaks to us through preachers and teachers; through journey companions--those who have walked with God longer that we and have shown Godly wisdom; in our circumstances; through prayer and mostly through His Word. Bible reading then, goes hand in hand with prayer so that we might seek God and also receive what He has to say to us. 


Incorporating prayer into your everyday life can mean many different things. One way is setting aside time each day to lift your heart, your needs, your cares, your worries, your thoughts and ideas to Him. Take time to listen, too. He speaks to us through our spirits, our hearts and minds as well as the Bible. This is a planned event. Some call this a "Quiet Time." Quiet Time is just a meeting with God to quiet our hearts for a specific amount of time aside from our hectic lives and busy schedules. The easiest way to do this is to actually make an appointment with God. Schedule it into your calendars or iPhones, and take the time to do it. You will find it rewarding. 


That is one way to pray. Getting together with other believers and praying is another way. Praying with your children or spouse at meals and at bedtime is yet another. Establish prayer when needs or hurts arise or when there are decisions to be made is yet another. And as you do this daily, you can learn to listen to His response. Talking to God throughout your day as you work, exercise, drive, sit, stand, etc... is really easy too. We all have a dialog that constantly plays in our head, don't we? Turn that to prayer...talk to God instead of yourself. Ask Him to direct your paths, be in control of your mouth, your thoughts, your dreams. Worried or angry about something? Instead of playing and replaying that in your head, turn it into prayer and see what God does. In awe of something beautiful in nature? Turn it to praise to the Lord. Someone just cut you off in traffic? Pray for them instead of calling them names. Try it! It will also help you tune into the right things instead of all the junk we can fill our brains with. 


Sometimes we can write our prayers and sometimes we can read our prayers. Writing things out helps some think and also gives a journal of prayers to refer to later. There are oodles of books and websites that have written prayers that, when read and believed in our hearts, can be a meaningful way to pray. It doesn't have to be dry and wrought...just reading the words others have written out loud will bring blessing and if you mean it, too, that's all the more!  


Praying the scriptures is another wonderful way to talk with God. The Bible contains His words for us...that doesn't mean we can't use them to communicated to Him. You can do this by reading the scripture by personalizing it...for instance, "God so loved the world..." "Thank you Lord, that you love the world, that means you love me; thank you for loving me." OR "God so loved [fill in your name here]... Or a passage that says, "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. " Romans 14:19 (NIV) can be prayed back to God" "I will make every effort to pursue what leads to peace and uplifts others." See how fun that can be? And that helps us focus on transforming our lives to be more like Jesus. (This also helps us incorporate our Bible reading time with prayer time.) 


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New Life Christian Fellowship

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Mariposa, CA 95338

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