The Prayerful Girl

pray without ceasing…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

The Lord tells us to come to Him first, pray for each other, and to pray without ceasing. Through prayer we are able to have a regular conversation with our Abba Father. I have read several pieces from different authors and leaders on the importance of prayer. To sum it up, the only way to fully experience God daily is to talk to Him. Talk to Him formally- on your knees, hands folded, alone by your bedside. Talk to Him informally- as you drive to and from work, running errands, doing laundry, or taking a casual walk. The point is to talk to Him as much as you would talk to a dear close friend that you value advice from.

Our Father loves to hear our thoughts, even though He knows them already. When we tell Him about our day, our troubles, our thoughts or concerns, it brings us closer to Him. This relationship becomes intimate just like the importance of communication between you and your husband. People have caught me talking to myself. I outwardly speak to-do lists, where did I put that, and prayers to the Lord. I have no shame in telling you I talk to myself, but it helps me stay connected to God.


 

3 Things That Can Block Our Prayers

*From reading the Appendix I of “The Love Dare” by Stephen and Alex Kendrick

1) Praying without going through Jesus. Make sure you know that Jesus died for our sins. If you have questions on who Jesus is, please go to “Let’s Pray for Each Other” page on this site and enter a prayer request. You can put your thoughts or any questions you have along with your contact info. I will personally contact you to discuss any questions. You can make this prayer request public or private. Also you can comment below on this page in the reply section.

Jesus said to him,I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

2) Praying with Bitterness in Your Heart toward Someone or our Spouse. When we pray we are seeking a connection with God. How can we expect a connection with the Father that created every single person we know when we are bitter toward that person? He is your Father and their Creator, no matter who they are. If it is a fellow believer in Christ, He is their Father as well. Remember to always attempt to make peace. Sometimes we cannot resolve an issue, but we can attempt to make peace and resolve matters that make us bitter.

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.” Mark 11:25-26

3) Praying from an Unrepentant Heart. The scriptures are clear on repentance and how important it is to ask for forgiveness. Jesus tells us in Matthew 4:17 to “…Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” (NLT) We don’t know when Jesus will return, the hour or the day. We don’t know when it is our time to leave this world and see heaven. It’s important to live everyday like it’s your last.

If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Psalm 66:18


3 Things That Make Prayers Effective

*From reading the Appendix I of “The Love Dare” by Stephen and Alex Kendrick

1) Praying by Asking, Seeking, and Knocking.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.          Matthew 7:11

2) Praying in Jesus’ Name.

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.              John 14:13-14

Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Ephesians 3:12

3) Praying in Faith.

I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. Mark 11:24

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:15



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