Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Prayer

These are my feelings on prayer.

When I think about prayer, I think about David.  He cried out to God in his misery and heart-ache.  He cried out in his frustration and anger.  And that gives me hope for my prayer life.  I have done a lot of that!  BUT.... David also constantly praised the Lord, blessed the Lord, thanked the Lord, repented before the the Lord, humbled himself before the Lord.
The point is - he had a very open and honest relationship with God - He was able to come before the Lord with EVERY emotion because he TRUSTED God with his life, feelings and heart-ache.



My experiences
I grew up in a non-Christian home so praying does not come naturally to me.  I always forget to say grace over our food.  When my girls were little and I put them to bed at night, I always said the same prayer - short and sweet and to the point (probably due to a lack of imagination).  My daughter once called me on it and said to me 'you always pray the same thing!'  And I retorted, 'yes, but I always mean it!'  Which was true.

I've never really had this magnificent wordy prayer life but knowing that praying has such a huge impact on my life I have tried to put 'prayer plans' into action.

For example:
When we eat out we always say grace.  Not for the benefit of the other patrons, but so we acknowledge God for the food and thank Him for it.




As it does not come naturally for me to pray in general, I got into the habit of using those little prayer books by Stormie O Martian to pray a little something:

  • for my husband (Power of the praying wife), 
  • for my girls (power of the praying parent), 
  • for my marriage (Power of prayer to change your marriage) and 
  • for myself (Power of the praying woman).

It is amazing how differently you feel about someone you pray for!  And these little prayers really helped someone like me to pray about things I would not ordinarily have thought about, for example, a God fearing spouse for my daughters in the future, their career choices, etc.  Also over time I could add to those prayers and be more specific, more personal.

Having said all that, I believe that as I walk through my day, driving kids to school, doing washing, tidying up, admin work for my husband, constantly chatting to the Lord, praising, thanking, lots of supplication, I am praying.  Prayer is communication with the Lord and you get better at it the more you do it.

My encouragement to you - God does not judge 'how you pray' if you are genuine, and find you wanting - He wants communication with us - so COMMUNICATE!  In all the ways you know how to communicate:  talk, sing, praise, etc.  God just wants to hear from us all the time!  He loves hearing from us, not only when going through a trial, but all the time!


I Thes 5 v 17:  Keep on praying.

God bless
Tracy

13 comments:

  1. Good morning Tracy...

    This is a wonderful post. Prayer doesn't come easily for me either. I was raised in a Christian home and went to church all my life...but unfortunately thought it wasn't for me. So now, learning to pray has been a challenge so I understand what you're saying. I to believe it's communication. Great post!

    Blessings in Him...Chelle

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  2. Thankfully God always looks at the heart :)

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  3. Lovely post. I admire those small prayer books too, they sure pack a punch.

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  4. The Lord has taught me similar things about prayer. It is simply a conversation with God. It doesn't have to be eloquent. I also learned how important it is to come to Him even when I might be angry. God can take it! And, most likely, He will change our hearts in the process.

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  5. David is an excellent example of prayer even in his sin he always went to God and repented.

    Jesus shows us the importance of having a prayer life, we need to view payer as breath if we don't breathe we die same with prayer if we don't pray we die spiritually. AMEN

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  6. David's transparency with God reminds that I can be open with God no matter where I am in my walk with Him. I learned to incorporate scriptures in my prayers for I know that His Word is His will. Blessings.

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  7. I love your goal verse from Isaiah 50 "The Lord God has given me the tongue of a disciple and one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary." This post on prayer definitely meets your goal and my needs! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Tracy, I loved this post a lot! I remember reading Stormie's books years ago and they were so helpful and encouraging! I especially love how you ended this post with reminding us to pray all the time rather than on certain occasions.
    I think that once we figure out that "praying all the time" does not have to look or feel weird, it comes much easier. God is in me so why not keep the conversation going in my head and heart? Ha!
    Thanx for the encouraging comment too!

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  9. This is so encouraging as prayer doesn't always come easy for me. Often I feel as if I say the same things over and over or just pray when need arises.

    I've read the Power of a Praying Wife - in fact we did a women's Bible study on it at church a few years ago. I'll have to pick up copies of the other books.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  10. Hi Tracy, :)

    Regardless of any situation that is in our heart, God desires us to pray with confidence, and I have learned to try and pray over every little opportunity that comes my way! The good stuff just seems better, and the bad stuff just doesn't seem so bad anymore with heartfelt prayer! :)

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  11. Hi Ladies. Thank you all for your comments. They really mean a lot to me. Denise, I agree with you here - the good seems better and the bad not so bad, when you pray in earnest.

    God bless you guys
    Tracy

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  12. So thankful that you are joining us for the PrayTruth challenge. Looking forward to getting to know you better!

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  13. Oh, what a wonderful post on prayer. I love Stormie's books and they have impacted my life, too. Don't you love it that we can communicate with God throughout our day -- He doesn't demand stillness or kneeling. I love that!

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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