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PRAYER

And all these things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

                                              Matthew 21:22 KJV

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I am sure that if you ask ten people for a definition of prayer that you would get ten different definitions, probably all revolving around the same thing . . . talking to and listening to God.  Basically that is just what it is. Maybe it is asking God to provide something for us or our family. Possibly it could be just praising God for His goodness and mercy. And then again, maybe it is venting our frustrations to Him. Whatever the situation, honest prayer is nothing more than a conversation with God.  Most of the time we talk and He listens. However, very often He talks and we listen.  Many times, though, we ignore Him, fall asleep, are too busy to pay attention, etc.

The interesting thing about prayer is that you don’t need to have any special training, or tools, or special rooms or “fellow prayers”.  Just yourself and a willing heart.  You can pray while you are driving or mowing the lawn.  You can be cooking or on a beach and pray.   Sitting at your desk is a good place to pray.  The possibilities are endless.

A prayer may be as simple as “Lord, give me a safe trip to the office/shopping”, or “Lord, thank you for another day”.  It could be lengthier, such as when we are praying for the resolution of a particular problem.  It doesn’t matter how short or long it is, but rather how we approach it.  That is, lifting our prayer to the Lord and believing that what we ask for will be given to us.  Jesus tells us in John chapter 16, verses 23 and 24 that if we ask anything of the Father in His name, He will give it to us.  And He will give it to us that our joy may be full. Persistence is another factor to take into consideration.  In Luke chapters 11 and 18 Jesus tells us that if we are persistent, our prayers will be answered.

Prayer is also an excellent way  to praise  our heavenly Father.   As the song says  “Our God is an awesome God . . .” and we need to tell that we believe that.  The Psalms are full of praises to our Lord and many of them can be used communicate our feelings to the Father rather than compose our own.

Whether you are a new Christian or a long time believer, the process is the same; believe and be persistent.  And of course, never stop praising God for his mercy and grace.  If you don’t have a regular prayer routine, start one today and resolve to continue it on a regular basis.  You’ll be surprised at how easy it is and you’ll wonder why you’ve waited so long.

J. Boudreaux

SUGGESTED READINGS

Matthew 7: 7, 8

1 John 5: 14, 15

Jeremiah 29: 12

John 14: 13, 14

Matthew 6: 6 – 8

Psalm 91: 14-16

Psalm 100

Psalm 101

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