Spriritual Disciplines – Prayer

Currently I’m reading Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, so far the book has been awesome but one reading of it simply won’t do. The book is full of so much great content, it will surely take a couple of times to get even close to process it all.

Presently, I’m on the prayer chapter which has been very convicting but also encouraging because my actions are easily changeable. Its easy to improve your prayer life, just doing it more is a HUGE start, which is incredible to think about. We have the creator of the heavens and the earth on tap and we often choose to not spend enough talking and listening to him. This is one of the most intimate ways we can spend time with God and its often neglected, joked about, or misused as a buzz word in our Baylor culture. 

I thought I’d share some great points I’ve found in the chapter, but I’d really recommend the book for anyone, at any spiritual level!

PRAYER IS EXPECTED– Just think about this, if Jesus the son of God felt the need and so much time in prayer and he was perfect, how much more time should we be praying? Here are a few verses where prayer is expected :Matthew 6:5 “and when you Pray..” Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray..” Matthew 6:9 “this, then, is how you should pray…” Luke 11:9 “So i say to you: Ask…;seek…;knock” Luke 18:1 “Then Jesus told his disciplines…they should always pray.” Collosians 4:2 “devote yourselves to prayer.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray continually.”

Devoting to something requires sacrifice in our life, and you making it a priority. Prayer must have time allotted for it, if we don’t allot time for it, its likely it wont happen. Also prayer is a relationship, its active and requires effort every day. As Christians it is our responsibility and business to pray!

This is not a chore, but rather a royal invitation to spend time with God.So take a chance and set out some extra time to pray for others; for friends, family members, professors, yourself and anyone  or thing else you find in your journey! Run with confidence that your God cant for you to talk with him!!

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” 

Thought I’d share this encouraging passage with others!

WPete

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