Grace Prompts Prayer

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” (Ephesians 6:18, NLT)

Author Susie Larson writes, “To be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God, to be filled to the spilling-over brim with the all-surpassing love of Christ, is to be transformed from the inside out; it’s to dare to come boldly into God’s great presence and to ask Him for the impossible, unachievable, inconceivable, and unbelievable. Because this is what heirs do. … Prayer links us in fellowship with almighty God. His promises belong to us” (Your Powerful Prayers, p. 69). 

Bold Strength Flows From Prayer 

But you say that you don’t know how to pray. Use different patterns to prompt your prayers until you are comfortable having a heart-to-heart conversation with our loving Father. Pour out your heart to God. He’s listening. He’s waiting. Then listen to Him … wait for God … bask in His presence.

A prayer prompted by Grace.

G

racious.

Gracious Father, You gave all to give eternity.

Rejoice.

I rejoice in Your gift of salvation and peace with You.

Adore.

I adore and stand in awe of Your lovingkindness.

Cherish.

I cherish and cling to Your precepts and teachings.

Exalt.

I exalt You, for You are the Creator of all. You are holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, eternal, loving, and much more.

Amen.

What’s your prayer?

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Gifts That Last

“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie – just as it has taught you, abide in him.” 1 John 2:27 (ESV)

When we celebrate, we like to give gifts. Handmade gifts, gifts of special foods, expensive gifts. Some of us shop for Christmas all year. Are you buying gifts for next Christmas and enjoying deep discounts?

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How Do We Pray?

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it,” John 14:12-14 (ESV)

Tim Keller writes, “Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. . . . We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence.” [i]

How is your prayer life? Do you enjoy prayer? Are you intimidated when you are asked to pray in a group? Do you tell yourself that your prayers aren’t any good, that others pray better than you?

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Joyful Prayer in the Midst of Trouble

“I will sing of the LORD’s unfailing love forever! 
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. 
Your unfailing love will last forever. 
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens”
(Psalm 89:1-2).

In the midst of his anguish, the psalmist (Ethan) begins his prayer with praise and worship. He recounts God’s majesty, power, mercy, faithfulness, and covenant that David’s descendants would reign as kings forever. Jesus is a descendant of David.

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