May 1, 2014

National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer.

Let’s join together in praising God’s Name, giving Him thanks for who He is & all He does, seeking His will, repenting & asking for forgiveness, forgiving others, and asking the Lord for protection from the evil one.

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” ~Romans 15:6

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And if you’re new to praying or just don’t feel comfortable with it (especially in a group setting and/or out loud), that’s okay. God yearns to hear from you, especially if you haven’t talked to Him in a while. (ref Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6, Matthew 26:41)

Here are a few recommendations to help ease you into it:

1. Pray to God as if He’s your father or grandpa, a dear & sincere loved one or friend. He already knows what your mind & heart have to say, so open up to Him. (ref Luke 16:15, Jeremiah 17:10, Psalm 44:21, Acts 15:18)

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2.
Use the examples in Scripture where Jesus specifically taught us how to pray or where He prayed to God the Father. I believe the two most prominent of these are the “Lord’s Prayer” in His famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5-13), and His last documented prayer before His death in John 17 (one of my favorite parts in all of Scripture).

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3. Know that you have help from the Holy Spirit. Here are Paul’s inspired words regarding this,

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.” (Romans 26-30 NLT)



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If none of these prove helpful, that’s okay too. Don’t be shy to ask a true follower of Jesus to pray for you. Most Christians will be more than happy, if not excited and joyful, to do so and it can help to have someone guide us. And I pray that God will then bless you with the fruit of the Spirit as you seek Him.

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“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control.”
(Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)

{A big thank you to my husband Joshua for his help in crafting this thoughtful post!}

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xoxo,
Sam

Comments

  1. Samantha, I am a few days late in reading this but just wanted you to know that after a beautiful quiet time this morning, you touched my heart again… affirming God’s Word and His promises to me and to all of us! God bless!

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