What is prayer?
Before we get to the 4 truths about prayer, let’s talk about what prayer is. So many Christians talk about prayer, but what if you didn’t grow up in church or have never heard a good definition of prayer? I’d like to offer you a simple definition.
A simple definition of prayer:
Prayer is more than meditation. Prayer is more than just being still. Prayer is communion and talking with God. It is conversing with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. It can be in your mind or it can be aloud . Either way, God hears us.
4 Truths About Prayer
1. Prayer causes me to look up. We can find such peace and promise when we lift our eyes to God. I love the phrase my friend Tara shares all of the time: Lift Up Your Eyes. Prayer helps us do this!
2. Prayer brings out my praise to God. It is hard to praise God when things are hard. But when we praise Him for who He is, we find our hearts are encouraged beyond understanding! Prayer is a great way to learn to praise God.
3. Prayer brings growth. Spiritual growth, I believe, is only increased by prayer. Do you long to have a deeper relationship with God? PRAY!
4. Prayer brings me to a place of peace. I can’t wait to share with you some more about peace next month. I even have a special devotional I’m working on about peace. Peace is more than just a feeling but a state of mind. Prayer let’s us experience peace even when our circumstances are going crazy.
A few years ago I was prompted to make prayer a priority in my life. I began writing out my prayers every single day and learned some practical tips for spending good quality time in prayer. As a result, I’ve seen God answer prayers in ways I would have completely missed— from simple things to amazing answers! Not only that, I’ve developed a confidence in God’s sovereignty and provision for my life.
I still live one day at a time, but now I live from a position of strength and grace. I’ve discovered God’s gifts come when we rest in Him through prayer.
Now I want to share what I’ve learned with you. Join me in my course
“How to Create and Cultivate a Growing Prayer Life.”
Here is what one person says about the course:
Dear Sarah, wow, you have sown your seeds of faith in prayer and beautifully cultivated your spiritual garden with prayer. This course has enriched an area of my life that the Lord is growing and I will use the wisdom gleaned from the course in my prayer life. I have used prayer journals in the past and I am definitely going to start again, as well as dedicating a quiet time for Him. I would recommend your course to anyone who wants to encourage themselves to start to cultivate their prayer life.