Prayer is Our Way of Communicating with God

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Prayer

God speaks to us through His Holy Word, the Bible.  Prayer is our way of communicating with God.  The Bible tells us to pray all of the time!   1 Thessalonians 5:171 Thessalonians 5:17
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17 Pray without ceasing.  

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 Pray without ceasing.

You may be asking “but how do I do that?”  How does one continue in prayer throughout the day?  I can not speak for everyone, but I can share my experience with you.    I believe that prayer begins with being thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:181 Thessalonians 5:18
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18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  

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  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

This verse is so powerful!  It tells us to be thankful in all circumstances.  That includes the bad in our life, as well as the good.  That is sometimes easier said than done when our life seems like it’s going down the tubes.  You may be going through a bankruptcy and losing everything you have, or you may have just lost a child or a spouse.  How are we to be ‘thankful’ for these things?

Romans 12:12Romans 12:12
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12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;  

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 Rejoice in our confident hope.  Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Things in our life, whether good or bad, happen for reasons.  Sometimes, we don’t always realize the reason immediately.  In Proverbs 3:5-6Proverbs 3:5-6
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5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

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the Bible tells us to trust in the Lord with all of your heart and to not depend on our own understanding.  We must seek God in all that we do and He will guide and direct our path.  This verse takes us into faith and trust in God, and both are necessary in order to be thankful for the trials in our life.

I find that the closer I draw to God, I am humbled [ 2 Chronicles 7:142 Chronicles 7:14
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14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. which...: Heb. upon whom my name is called  

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;  Psalm 25:9Psalm 25:9
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9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.  

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;  1 Peter 5:51 Peter 5:5
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5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  

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; Psalm 149:4Psalm 149:4
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4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.  

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;  Proverbs 11:12Proverbs 11:12
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12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. void...: Heb. destitute of heart  

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;  Mark 10:45Mark 10:45
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45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  

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] and am no longer ashamed to admit that prayer was something that I struggled with.  I always felt that my prayer sounded silly, or I was forgetting something important that I needed to pray about.  I am a visual person and needed an outline, so to speak.  I had seen and heard others pray and it seemed as though their prayers went on for ever and ever.  How could my prayers be finished in five minutes?  So, I took a pencil and paper and began to ‘jot’ down notes of everything in my life that I should be thankful for from the time I arose until the time I went to sleep, hence my ‘outline’.

I would like to share my daily prayer with you today.  Please feel free to copy, and adjust to your life if you are struggling with where to begin in prayer.

Prayer

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Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for a night of rest and allowing me to awake to another beautiful day.  Thank you for the many blessings you bestow upon me each and every day.  Thank You for the beauty we are surrounded by each day and the change of seasons so that I may see your beauty painted in a different landscape.  Thank You for the air that I breathe and the warmth of the sun on my skin, and the calming of the breeze you provide.

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Please Lord, assist me as I apply my armour [ Ephesians 6:13-18Ephesians 6:13-18
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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. having...: or, having overcome all 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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] and walk with me throughout my day.  I know that as we draw closer to you God, that our enemy begins to clamp down on us  with doubt and temptations.  Please give me the strength and authority to cast out Satan when he begins to throw his darts my way.  Allow me the ears to hear only Your voice when You speak to me.  John 10:27John 10:27
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27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  

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 ‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

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Lord, I want to thank You for my husband and my two children.  Please bless them each day and walk with them, drawing them near to You throughout their day.  Please give them the Spirit that they need throughout their day so that they may do Your Will.  Please keep them safe from the enemy in body and soul.

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Thank You Lord, for my health and my family’s health.  Thank You for giving my a home to live in and a yard to work in.  Thank You for giving me a safe means of transportation.  Lord, You know our needs.  Thank You for always provided for me and my family.  Thank You for my husband’s job.  Please keep him motivated to do his best and keep him safe throughout his day.  Please give him the strength to live through You and Glorify Your Holy Name.

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Thank You Lord, for all the abilities that You have given me; to live, laugh, and love.  Please give me the desire to live each day fully in the way that glorifies Your name.  Allow me to laugh as often as I can, and to fill my heart full of love each day for me to share with others as I come across their path.

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Thank You Lord for making sure we always have food on our table, and that we don’t go without.  Please bless our food to nourish our bodies and keep us strong in mind and spirit as we go throughout our day.

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Thank You for the trails in my life.  I know that I don’t always understand, or see the whole picture, but I have faith and believe in Your Word: Romans 8:28Romans 8:28
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28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  

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‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.’  Please Lord, give me the strength and endurance to complete any task that You give me.

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Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the promises that You have given to us as your children in Your Holy Word.  Thank You for Your grace and mercy that You deliver to us daily.  I know that I am a sinner, and that I do not deserve Your blessings.  May I never take for granted Your power and sovereignty.  I thank You for Your son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for me so that my sins could be forgiven [ John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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As I go throughout my day Lord, I ask that you give me the strength and wisdom to witness and share Your Word with others.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit, giving me the words to say and the scripture to share with others.  As I read in Your Holy Book, please give me the understanding and knowledge, showing me what You want me to know for that day.  Use me Lord, to fulfill Your plan for Your will and my life.  I know that my thoughts are not Your thoughts and we can not even begin to comprehend Your ways; they are beyond our human imagination [ Isaiah 55:8-9Isaiah 55:8-9
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8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  

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]  Please Lord, know my heart and keep my thoughts clean and pure [ Psalm 199:9-16Psalm 199:9-16
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Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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Heavenly Father, I have many family, friends, and acquaintances that are afflicted with health or financial struggles right now [ insert your own personal prayer list ].  I ask that You bless them, and keep them securely in Your hands.  Please protect them and keep them safe.  You know their needs Lord, and if it is in Your will for their situations to change, I pray that You will make that happen in Your time.  Lord, I ask that you give your infinite wisdom and blessings to our governments, health care professionals, teachers in every capacity, and child care workers.  I pray that You watch over all who are leaving their homes this day to go to work.  Please Lord, bless them and protect them throughout their day.

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Lord, please give me the eyes to see and the ears to hear, whatever it is that You need me to see and hear today.  I surrender my life to you.  In the Bible, You tell us not to rely on our own understanding [ Proverbs 3:5Proverbs 3:5
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5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  

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].  Lord, I give everything to You!  Let Your will be done in my life as You so planned it.

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Heavenly Father, I pray that you lay upon my heart the desire and willingness to study Your Holy Word; allow me have an insatiable hunger for Your Word so that I may continue to learn about who You are in all of Your Greatness.  Allow my heart and soul to be filled with the Spirit so that I may live for You and not of this world [ Romans 12:2Romans 12:2
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2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

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; John 14:15-17John 14:15-17
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15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  

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].   Please Lord, keep me in remembrance that I am a child of God and that the world around us in under the control of the evil one [ 1 John 5:191 John 5:19
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19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.  

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In Your grace, Lord, you have given each of us a different gift for doing things well [ Romans 12:6-8Romans 12:6-8
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6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. giveth: or, imparteth with simplicity: or, liberally  

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]  Allow me the wisdom to recognize and utilize the gift You have placed on my heart.

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Lastly Lord, I want to thank You for drawing me near to You and bringing me home.  Thank You for guiding and directing my foot steps.  Thank You for leading me to a church of great spirit and fellowship.  Heavenly Father, I love You!  I look to the heavens each day for Your return.  But, if you should tarry, I pray You give me all that I need to make it through another day.  I know that times are going to get rough, rougher than we have ever seen [ Revelation 5-18 ].  Lord, I don’t want to be here during those dreadful days.  Please make my heart and soul right so that I am worthy to go with Your children when Jesus calls them.  Please guide me, and make me wise in living for Christ.  Father, even though I don’t want to be here during those terrible days of tribulation, that may be different from Your plan for me.  If it is Your will that I be here beyond the return of Your Son, Jesus, I pray that you give me the strength to endure those times and continue to witness and praise Your Holy Name.

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Oh Heavenly Father, from Your Word I am confident that You hear my prayer  [ 1 John 5:14-151 John 5:14-15
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14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: in: or, concerning 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.  

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].   Thank You for always listening.  In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen [ John 14:6John 14:6
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6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

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Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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