The Discipline of Prayer

Everyday with God
It’s common. Ask a Jesus follower what area of their spiritual life tends to be neglected and most often the subject of prayer is mentioned. Although Christians are taught in churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God, the practice of prayer still seems to be a challenging discipline.
This month we’ll take Tuesdays and Thursdays to focus our attention on personal prayer. We’ll be encouraged and challenged by quotes from Pastor Tim Keller’s book entitled ‘Prayer’.
If you, like most of us, have struggled to maintain a consistent and meaningful prayer time, there is hope! Here are a couple of simple ideas to move toward more than a ‘prayer time’, and to grow into a lifestyle of prayer and dependence on God.

+ Start small. Jesus knew that prayer wouldn’t be automatic or instantly natural to his followers. We can think of prayer as a muscle that can grow with repetition and practice.
+ Remember that God is always ready to meet you in prayer. His heart loves hearing from us.
+ Embrace Romans 8:26. ‘…We don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit intercedes for us.’ Even when we are clumsy with our words or phrases, the Holy Spirit helps us.
Just for today…

+ Take time to thank God that he loves to hear his children talk to him.
+ Thank him that he is completely unconcerned with the right words, phrases, tone or length of your prayer.
+ Thank him that he hears with his heart. This is grace to us - he is always ready to listen to his children.

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