Prayer …

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“Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises.” ~ James 5:13

When a Christian person prays great things happen! There is no right or wrong way to pray. If you want to deepen your prayer life then you will need to spend time in prayer. You don’t need to prepare to pray or read about prayer or even go to University of Church studies or talks on prayer. If your mind wanders don’t worry God knows your mind. He created you to be a thinking person, just get back to the point of prayer. And the whole point is talking to God, sharing your heart and listening to Him.

Do what works for you! Do you have a quiet space to pray in? Maybe you pray in your garden? Perhaps you play music when you pray? Some folks only pray when they are inspired. And if you are inspired every day, then great. But if you aren’t inspired everyday then you may need to press on and still pray.

Then there are times when prayer can be a struggle. I would like to suggest that if your prayer life is a little lacking or inspiration isn’t flowing daily then praying through a Psalm in your bible will really help. King David was a man after God’s own heart. He was flawed and a sinner and his prayers were awesome, they read like poetry. God loves to hear from His children, even if all we can pray at times is just a few words. He know’s our heart better than we do.

Below are some scriptures talking about prayer. ~ Sarah

“Pray with thankfulness and praise in your heart Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philipp 4:6

“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” ~ 1 Pet 3:12

“Pray with honesty and sincerity The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” ~ Psalm 145:18

“Pray with faith And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” ~ Mt 21:22

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1:8-9

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, These Lord will not hear.” ~ Psalm 66:18

“These sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.” ~ Prov 15:8

“Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” ~ John 9:31

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” ~ James 1:6

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” ~ Mark 11:24

“Pray with God’s will in mind Now this is the confidence that we have in God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” ~ 1 John 5:14

“Pray in Jesus name. {A prayer which is TRULY “in Jesus name” will be the same prayer that Jesus would pray if He were in your place, facing the situations you are now facing.} {Jesus said…} And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” ~ John 14:13

“Pray earnestly. Persist. Never lose heart. Never give up! Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” ~ Col 4:2

“Then Jesus spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” ~ Luke 18:1

“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” ~ Acts 12:5

“Pray without ceasing.” ~ 1 Thes 5:17

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” ~ Rom 12:12

“Pray with boldness, because your High Priest is Lord Jesus.We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Heb 4:15-16

“Pray with humility. Humble yourself before God. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.” ~ Dan 9:3

“Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered, I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.” ~ Psalm 35:13-14

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

“Therefore by Him {Jesus} let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” ~ Heb 13:15

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” ~ Col 4:2

“Pray in privacy for your deepest, most personal needs. When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” ~ Mt 6:6

How do you raise children in this day and age?

How do you raise children in this day in age? A friend with young ones asked me. All I could say and my only advice for her is that you raise each child one prayer at a time.

My eldest son phoned me to let me know he was in a accident with a truck. His little car was hit from behind by a huge truck. My son walked away without a scratch on him. No one was injured apart from his car being a total right off. He was confident and not phased at all by this accident. Would the outcome be different without praying parent?

My eldest daughter told me with a quivering voice. She got on the wrong train and day turned to night. The train guards saw her and rode the train with her. She lost her phone and couldn’t phone anyone. She said she was praying for protection the whole time on the train and on her walk all alone late at night to her flat. She told me if only she had written down emergency numbers on some paper in her purse like I use to do for them when they were small she could have got some help. She told me once she had lost her phone she had no way of calling anyone. The only thing she could think to do was pray and then the guards turned up and then she kept praying in the dark until she got to her flat safely. Would the outcome be different without the prayers of a daughter and Mother?

I see my oldest children run to and then away from God. They sometimes live in a worldly way. In times of trouble they run to and seek God. Isn’t that the way for a lot of us. I am thankful they do believe and have been baptized. They have been taught and know the truth. It is up to them if they choose to follow Jesus. God gave us free will. To choose Him or to reject Him. Even Pastor’s kids get to choose.

At times it can be a hard and narrow road being a Christian in this world. It isn’t easy. The life of parties and worldly living is enticing to teenagers and young adults. The thrill of the unknown and the new. The worldly life is empty, hollow and fleeting. Age teaches us that those thrills are nothing compared to the thrill and joy in walking with Jesus. But that is just it. There is a wise saying that says “You can’t put an old head on young shoulders”. In other words young people don’t have the wisdom that experience and age gives you.

When your children are small you think the struggles of the day are difficult. Just to get your gorgeous baby to sleep is a triumph. When they are small you can know they are safe cradled in your arms at home. Putting band aids on grazed knee’s is simple solution to their pain. Listening to their big problems of so and so has had more time on the computer and life is so unfair. Can frazzle the best of parents. For me it has been far harder seeing my older kids make mistakes and watching them do it. I have learnt lessons in letting go. The lessons they have to learn is between them and God. Mum’s can’t always be there to catch them when they fall like when they were little. Mum and Dad can pray, listen, use wisdom when to let go, step in or to speak at the right moments. Parents can always have a welcoming heart and a warm home and arms ready to hug the prodigal child.

While my big kids have breath there is hope. While anyone has breath there is hope. While I have breath I will pray, pray and pray some more. There is no doubt in my mind God and His Angels have been watching over our family especially my children my big kids. God has been protecting them without a doubt.

My mind turns to how many times in the bible men argue with God and pray for His intervention for God to change His Holy mind. The scripture that helps me through these tricky times with my big kids is in James 5:16 (NKJV)… “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

I know for my family prayer has availed much. I can never thank my Saviour enough for answered prayer.

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