Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Lord teach me to pray.

"And it came to pass that, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of his disciples said unto Him, Lord teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." Luke 11:1

Are you just starting out on your journey with and toward God?

Are you crying out to God with lack of commitment knowing that we have that empty spot that we have yet to let Christ fulfill?

How can I have my prayers answered?

Do you have that inner hunger that will not go away?

Do I need a formula?

No!

Prayer is like acquiring a new skill.

We start awkwardly, quite unsure,and we move self consciously.

As we grow with Christ we will learn to pray.

We will develop a warm relationship as if He were standing right there and we were talking to Him.

We can only have that feeling when we actually pray to Him on a daily basis.

We are to pray not only in set times such as worship, devotional time, bed time, but we are to keep our mind on God throughout the day.

"Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon thee: because He trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3

It is not quanity, or quality, or even much speaking, but what comes from the heart.

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

Lord teach us to pray!

We have so much to learn!

Jeremiah tells us to call upon His name, and He promises to show us greater things that we have known before.

"Call unto Me, And I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3

We must come before Him with clean hands and a pure heart.

"He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lift up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." Psalm 24:4-5

We must forgive others so we can pray right.

"And when we stand praying, forgive if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." Mark 11:25

This includes husband and wife relationships.

"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to the knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." I peter 3:7

God's eyes are upon the righteous and His ears are open to His prayers!

We must realize that every time we pray we are not going to have that mountain top experience.

We just have to want to have more of Him.

We all have our emotional highs and lows.

Sometimes we are more sensitive than others.

We pray to have that closer, that intimate walk with the Lord Himself.

We pray as an expression of unbroken fellowship between Our Lord and us.

With prayer we will be able to move through those hard places that come along in our life.

We will feel disappointment when it comes, but we shall recover more quickly.

When we pray we shall become more sensitive to other people's needs.

We will be able to listen and hear God speaking to us through our quiet time with Him.

When we pray we shall learn a deeper level of discipline!

"Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set Him on high, because he hath known My name." Psalm 91:14

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