Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Have you talked to God today?

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you” (John 17:20-21).
Jesus prayed in praise to God, the Father - “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure’” (Luke 10:21).
Jesus prayed prayers of thanksgiving - “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body’” (Mark 14:22).
Jesus prayed in a posture and with an attitude of reverent submission - “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will’” (Matthew 26:39).
Jesus prayed in times of anguish – “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44).
“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’- which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Matthew 27:46).
"Teach us to pray," was the request of the disciples to Jesus. They confessed that they were not able to pray on their own. God wants to communicate with us and wants us to communicate with Him. Just as communication is important for us to develop our human relationships, our relationship with God requires communication as well. Prayer is our way to communicate with God. However, prayer does not always have to be in the form of canned prayers or even in words alone. There are many other forms of prayer.
Things to Do to Communicate with God:
• Sing to God
• Listen to worship music and sing along
• Go for a walk with God
• Journal in a notebook to God
• Study the Scriptures with Him
• Listen to Bible reading on tape
• Take a nap with Him
• At night study the stars with Him
• Write out your prayer as a love letter to God
• Listen to a good sermon
• Read a book on prayer or God's person
• Go for a bike ride in His creation
• Eat a great meal thanking Him for every good thing
• Have a quiet conversation with a friend about Him
• Go fishing with God at your side
• Evaluate your life and ministry with God looking on
• Have a coffee break with God
• Memorize a Scriptural Promise He gives you
• Plan your future goals with his advice
• Meditate on the Names of God
• Watch a bird, stare at the waves, study a bug
• Meditate on the Cross
• Meditate on God’s Creation
• Read the Prayers of the Bible
• Play an Instrument to the Lord
• Do a New Testament Word Study
We know that God is always present with us. Prayer is communication with God as we turn our hearts, minds, spirits, and thoughts toward Him. Prayer is a form of worship. We bow before our awesome God with a humble and contrite heart. We bring God our adoration in prayer and praise to Him. We also seek and find, ask and receive, knock and have opened to us (Matt. 7:7-8).
Have you talked to God today?

Peace and love,

"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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