30/30 Challenge: Day 25

women's devotional bible #3030challenge

So prayer. Pretty big deal for us Christians.

When I first started out gettin’ right with the Lord, I don’t think I fully understood the purpose of prayer. I kind of treated God like He was a genie who was there to grant my wishes.

  • This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14)
  • Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:12)
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Mostly my prayers were requests. By requests, I mean passive aggressive demands. Needless to say, that was no way to approach Him. I emphasized the ‘presenting my requests’ part while ignoring the ‘with thanksgiving’ part.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)

After my Bible study, I found out that prayer is a two-way street. That’s the point of communication, right? To speak and to listen.

He listens to those who speak to but speaks to those who listen.

*Rae

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2 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 25

  1. I’ve found that listening is the biggest part of prayer. Petitions are important and necessary, especially when they’re for the needs of others. Thankfulness is also a must…however, listening is where it all happens for me. The Rule of St Benedict’s Prologue starts with, ‘”Listen carefully, my child, to the master’s instruction, and attend to them with the ear of your heart…”

    How beautiful is that? Listen with the ear of your heart. I love how ‘ear’ is central to the word ‘heart’ too….

    I must do a post on prayer very soon….I’ve been thinking about it but times moves on and I get busy lol….

    Blessings

    Sharon xx

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  2. The highest calling in prayer is intercession for others. When we can get past ourselves, and pray for the needs of others first, we are pleasing God. And your prayers don;t need to be complicated – just talk to God in everyday language and pour your heart out to Him. Any prayer is a good prayer. To see that you’re needing to pray more is a sure sign you are growing in the Lord. keep at it!

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