Prayer is such an amazing form of communication. It is us talking to the God of our universe. Normally, we pick up a phone to shoot a text or call someone if we need to talk to them. Prayer is like that except without the technology. We simply need to be still and talk to Him, whether it be in our hearts or out loud. He hears us wherever we are. We can be in the middle of a quiet garden or in a bustling crowd and the Lord will hear us no matter what. We need to understand how to pray, why we should pray, and for what/whom we should pray. I will be the first to admit that my prayer habits are not always the best and I need to dedicate more time in my day to talk to Him. Prayer is a special bond we have between us and God. He hears our prayers morning, noon and night. We can ask him for forgiveness, miracles, wisdom, or just to give Him thanks. Some people can make prayer sound like a religious act where God only hears the most pious of people. In reality, prayer is simply the act of talking to our Father in heaven. The great thing is that we can do it wherever and whenever. There are persecuted Christians in places where if they even walk into a church they could be killed, and their silent prayers are heard by God. There are young mothers praying out loud over their children at night and their prayers are heard by God. These are a few examples, but God hears all the prayers of His children. Prayer is vital, like oxygen to our lungs. Just as we need people in our lives to help our relational human side, we need prayer to sooth our spiritual side. There are many verses throughout the Bible that reference the beauty of prayer.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Paul states, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of Christ Jesus within you.” When we have Christ in us, we will crave time to just be alone with Him and talk to Him about our lives.
As daughters of the King we should especially pray diligently for ourselves, our friends, our family, and our futures. You must pray for yourself, because you know what you need. God will hear and help you through the hard times. God knows you because He created you in your mother’s womb, so He knows everything you need. You must pray for your friends and family because you never know what they may need help with, but just like God created you he also created them and knows them. You can pray for them because you can rest in the fact that God knows everything they need to and will surely be with them. Pray for your future. People tend to worry over every possible detail. In the end, we don’t know if tomorrow will even come for us. Something could happen, and the last moments you had on Earth were spent worrying. God knows what is best for us. We need direction in which way to follow and He will lead us on the best possible path. Within our future includes the man that we may marry one day. This is a huge subject to pray for because your husband will be the one you spend your life with, all the rough times, the good times, the heartache, and celebrations. You need a man that will lead you closer to Christ and challenge you to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus.
1 John 5;14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
We should be praying multiple times a day, not only when we are thanking him for our food before a meal. I like to set aside certain times each day to pray for certain things. My roommate introduced me to keeping a prayer journal last semester. It helps me stay accountable to pray for everything I write in it. My church gives out a weekly prayer bulletin that I like to keep in my purse so I remember to pray for them as well. Little reminders are good to keep, and after a while you will not even need them. After a while, prayer becomes second nature and the first thing you run to in every situation.
Prayer shows us that we are never alone. God is here for each one of us and will never stop listening to us. He loves us enough to meet us where we are, allow us to pour our hearts out to Him, and work in our lives to make everything good according to His will.
Sometimes, we feel like the Lord is not there and we do not feel Him in our lives. The truth is: He is always there for you and He hears you. We do not always “feel” God but we have faith. We know God hears and we know He will answer because the Lord is faithful.
We encourage you to start right now by praying for at least one thing. Make it challenge to yourself to talk to God more and to grow that communication relationship. Make today the start of a more prayerful walk with the Lord.
Love you lots,
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