in it all, pray

So throughout this month of January, I’ve written about

purpose.

plan.

prepare.

now we are at the final aspect of a life that is lived intentionally, for the Lord. and that is “pray.”

Prayer is a believer’s conversation with the one true God. If you are a believer, you aren’t praying. It either makes no sense to you or you are talking to yourself. If you are to the one true God, then again, you are talking to yourself, to the air.

Prayer is a privilege. A necessity. A duty. A lifestyle. Scripture instructs believers to pray unceasingly, about everything, with thanksgiving. What an intimate relationship with the Lord we are privy to have through prayer.

Let’s start here – start with praying to the Lord today. Talk to Him. With Him. Tell Him how wonderful He is; how wonderful you are because you are made in His image. Because He has saved you. Unload before Him all that burdens you. Exude happiness over all that elates you.

Here’s some scripture to encourage you in your relationship, in your conversation, in your prayer life with the Lord.

2 Chronicles 7: 14 – If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Matthew 5:44 – But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Matthew 6 – The Lord’s Prayer

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

James 5:13-17 – Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.

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