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.
Organize Your Prayer Time!
Developing a prayer life isn’t easy. It will taken time to keep going. But it is worth it.
Prayer does not fit us for the great works; prayer is the great work.
– Oswald Chambers
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- Do you pray for your spiritual health?
- Do you pray for your Bible study time to be productive?
- What about working a mighty work in our lives through praise and thanksgiving?
- So how do we do this?
- Sample Prayers to Pray
- 10 Verses to Cultivate a Prayer Life
- AND MORE!