The Importance of Prayer Continued

Today’s blog will build upon a previous blog called The Importance of Prayer. As I mentioned in the first post, I have been listening to a short sermon series on Prayer and I have been sharing what I take away from the sermons.

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Many are familiar with the verses above; they are often referred to as The Lord’s Prayer. It offers us insight to how we should strive to pray. Every prayer doesn’t have to sound perfect or be about the same things, but we should always pray for His kingdom and His will to be done in any and every circumstance. Prayer to us spiritually is like oxygen to us physically; we NEED it to thrive! Many Christians today are great at identifying problems around them, yet we aren’t taking steps to change our atmosphere! I’m willing to bet that most everyone reading this has two things in their homes right now: a thermometer and a thermostat. Many of us Christians are the thermometer, we help identify the issue yet we aren’t being the thermostat which actually changes the atmosphere around us. The thermometer will tell us the temperature, but it will not change the temperature. In other words, pointing out what’s wrong around us shouldn’t be our main focus; our main focus should be coming up with a process to better what’s around us. A major key to being a strong Christian is setting priorities in our life. These spiritual priorities come from our beliefs and values and they determine the direction or course of our life. We should be asking God what His priorities for our life are and making it a point to achieve them. By nature most of us tend to think of ourselves, but we should remember to always put God and His will first in our lives.

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A kingdom can be described as a king’s domain. The kingdom of God refers to God’s sovereign rule in the hearts of man. We should pray for His will to be carried out by all of us, including those who lead over our country. In the United States, we obviously don’t have a king or queen to rule over us, but a President and Vice President; we also have Congressman and Mayors etc. Whether we are for or against any leader, we should alway pray that they lead us in a way pleasing to God. It is easy for us to place blame on this leader or that leader, but prayer can cause change! Not much, if anything at all, will change until our leaders operate on Godly wisdom instead of political benefit! Pray for your cities as well! One of our responsibilities as Christians is to BE the change we want to see; stop reporting the issues and go out and make the difference. We are called to influence our communities and come against the negatives/evil in prayer.Β  I personally believe prayer can change anything and that includes our country! Nothing is impossible with God!

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In addition to praying for our leaders, we should remember to pray for our families. We should continually pray for any problems we have within our families and especially remember those who don’t know the word of God. Pray to make an impact on those who don’t believe, as we may be the only form of Jesus they ever experience.Β  May we pray for direction and guidance from God on how to handle any issues within our families and know that it may not always be pleasing to everyone involved, but in the end it will work together for the good of everyone involved.

We should also be praying for our spouse. Pray for our relationship in general; that we are working together to build one another up and to help each other recognize our gifts/talents and encouraging each other to use those skills to reach others and strengthen our relationship with God. We should always want our spouse to excel!

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Of course we can’t forget to pray for our children! One thing we can never pray enough for in these crazy times is protection over our children. Let us remember to pray for children to have wisdom in their choices, especially when it comes to the friends they choose etc. May they always have wisdom to tell the difference between people who will help them grow and those who will cause them to wilt. May we pray for the salvation of our children that they may grow in their very own personal relationship with God.

Pray for your church. Whether it’s a church you visit or are a member of. Pray for the other believers and pastors to have spiritual wisdom and understanding and that they all continue to grow in their faith.

Last, but not least, remember to pray for yourself as well.

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Pray for your struggles, relationships, fears/anxieties/ stresses; don’t just pray for change in everyone else, but for change in yourself and your life as well. Pray to become more like Jesus and let our joy be our strength! Pray to be the “real deal” showing others through your actions and not just your words! Let others see Him in our lives. As I said before, we may just be the one and only contact someone else has with God! May all we do reflect God’s love, peace and joy so that non-believers question what makes us tick. πŸ’šπŸ™Œ

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I want to pray for everyone reading this, that you all may progress in your own faith and personal relationship with God. I pray we all recognize that we are the body of Christ and in order for the body to move and reach others, we must do more than just speak about the problems, we must become the solution!

Much love and God Bless! πŸ’š

If any of you reading this have any prayer requests, PLEASE don’t hesitate to comment on this blog and I guarantee we will have several people praying for you. Also, if anyone just wants me to pray with them over their comment they leave, please let me know and I would absolutely be willing to do so. My words aren’t perfect, they’re not always the most sophisticated but thankfully our God doesn’t care about that, but only the sincerity of our words. πŸ™Œ

5 thoughts on “The Importance of Prayer Continued

  1. Thank you for these words. I struggle with my prayers for my dad… He struggles with Dementia. He can not live alone Any more. He left his house when living at home and ended up lost and could not remember how to get home. He was found by a police officer who brought him home and my sister was there to be with him.he also could not take his meds on his own. He got where he didnt even know where the kitchen was. So the time came where he had to be put in a home so he could get around the clock care. This man was always a strong man. Worked with his hands. Made anything. Fixed anything.but now He can not even screw in a light bulb.
    He was and still is my hero. I miss my dad. It is so hard watching him slowly disappear…we watched our mother disappear with this so called Dementia…she passed away over 3 years ago. Feels like yesterday.
    My problem with my prayer for my Dad is do I pray selfishly and pray he keeps on here on Earth till he can no longer speak, witch he can speak but only with broken words. Words that have nothing to do with the subject.or feed him self, just so I can see him…feel him…or do I pray the unselfish. Way and pray God takes him in his sleep…what a prayer either way.

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    1. I don’t think its a matter of praying selfishly or unselfishly, but rather praying that God’s will be done in his life! That means what’s best for your dad’s life, not what’s best for anyone else’s. It can sound a bit cold and callous, but it’s really not. Its hard when it comes to someone we’re very close to…parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts children etc. It can be hard to pray for God’s will to be done when that can include things we really done want to happen. No one wants anyone close to them to have a disease that takes their life, whether slowly or quickly…but I think praying for God’s will to happen in their life will offer more comfort and peace than simply praying for what you want or what you feel might be best. No way you look at it will make it ang easier, but praying and trusting in God and His plans will give you that peace and comfort I am sure. Unfortunately death is a part of life and we can only do our best to offer that eternal gift to people on positions like that, especially if they may not believe. Even if a person cannot remember or communicate back to us, they can still be able to understand enough to hear your words and know they still have time to ask God to save them. Its still hard when we know the person is saved but at least we find solace that as fellow believers will we one day reunite with them πŸ’šπŸ™Œ Hopefully my words will help you in praying for your Dad.

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      1. Very wise for a young woman. Thank you for reminding me of the direction my prayers should go. Into God’s hands. That is where I need to leave my burdens.
        Thank you.. Love you.

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  2. I love your blog and your openness you have shared. I am going through a divorce and even though it’s one of the hardest struggles in my life to date prayer has been my outlet. I know God has a plan but I as a human still struggle with fear of what happens with our 2 very young children. I just pray for fairness in the courts and for the kids needs to be put first. Thanks for the words to keep praying and that our sovereign God will tale care of it all.

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    1. Thank you for taking your time to read any of my blog entries! I’m very sorry to hear of the divorce, and I feel its only natural to have apprehension and fear of the future for yourself and your children. As parents we want the very best for our children and I can tell you do too. Its a difficult situation all the way around I imagine; I’ve not personally dealt with it, but have had people very close to me go through it. It’s hard on your as an individual and to constantly have to be a strong presence for your children I’m sure. One thing I am very sure of is that God is watching over you and your family and His plan will unfold. It may be confusing at this time, but I believe after all is said and done you’ll know why every thing has happened the way it has. Keep your faith and go to God more than ever now and continue to believe that He will provide all the strength, peace, healing, fairness and all that you and your family need. I will keep you and your family in my prayers! I firmly believe in the power of prayer and I am very confident all is going to go as well as it possibly can for you, considering the circumstance. πŸ’š

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