Category Archives: Prayer

Prayer For God’s Will

Lord, thank you for Your indwelling Spirit who is willing and able to direct me in the ways You want me to go. May I not take You where You don’t want to go. May I not enlist You to do my will, but humbly submit to doing Yours.
-Julie Ackerman Link
Our Daily Bread 8/3/11

Conversing With God

I heard a comment today from a radio announcer that really got my attention. He said we need to be in conversation with Jesus today.

When you stop and think about that statement, it is exactly what we are to do in daily living for Jesus. It is the praying without ceasing that helps us to get through each circumstance we encounter each and every day.

What would make your day? Going to the grocery store and not have any crazy drivers cut you off or going all day without a single phone call from a telemarketer? How about not having your kids picking on each other or everyone liking the dinner you spent hours (or minutes) fixing?

What should make your day? How about knowing God is right there beside you all day long, no matter what? How can you get this peace and comfort from God? Praying without ceasing is being in conversation with Jesus all day long. We need to seek after His wisdom and understanding to know the mind of God to always keep that conversation going.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all the getting get understanding.Proverbs 4:7

Jesus and the Finger of God

To hear an excellent sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and praying, I recommend going to the website for Campus Church. The link is on the menu of this blog. After opening, on the side bar of the website for Campus Church, click on "Messages." When the window comes up you choose the one for "Jesus and the Finger of God." Your choices are Audio, for just listening to the sermon, Video for just listening & viewing the sermon, and Full Service for seeing the whole church service containing this specific sermon.

Praying A Personalized Lord’s Prayer

When we pray, we should pray from our hearts, not use a memorized prayer that comes from the brain, instead of the heart.

When the disciples went to Jesus, asked Him to teach them to pray, Jesus used what we call the Lord’s Prayer, to show them, and us how to pray. The two scripture locations (Matthew 6:9-13 & Luke 11:2-4), where the Lord’s Prayer is recorded, each have variation to the wording, but still say the same thing. I feel the variation in the wording by the two gospel writers is, also, an indication to us that we should vary our prayers.

One way to use the Lord’s Prayer among your other prayers is to personalize it and vary the personalization each time. This prayer is only offered as an example. Please do not memorize it.

My Father
Who art in heaven and thank you Lord that someday I will be with You in heaven.
Hallowed be Thy name for thou are holy.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done as in heaven, so in earth. And Lord I want your will in my life.
Give me this day my daily bread.
Forgive me this day my debts as I forgive my debtors.
Lord, please forgive me for the unkind words I spoke to my friend.
Lead me not into temptation for Lord I am so weak in You
but deliver
me from evil I need your protection Lord.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever
Thank you I will be living with you forever!
Amen

Quote on Prayer

"In prayer, it’s better to have a heart without words than words without heart."
Our Daily Bread 1/3/11

Importance of Prayer

Prayer is a very important part of a Christian’s daily life. Prayer should be from your heart to the Lord, not the recitation of automatic prayers that are from your mind.

Prayer is worshiping, praising, and honoring God!
Prayer is thanking the Lord God for everything and anything in our lives.
Prayer is trusting the Lord God in all our daily activities.
Prayer is talking to Jesus.
Prayer is listening to God.
Prayer is carrying on a conversation with him.
Prayer is asking God to guide and direct our lives.
Prayer is not always asking God for what we want.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Evening and morning and at noon I will pray and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice."
Psalm 55:17
This verse does not conflict with the first one. We should have 3 definite times to stop, ignore our surroundings, and PRAY to God, taking time to meditate on Him!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7