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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Inspired by . . . perseverance in prayer

I haven't written much about my #oneword365 this year.

This year has been more about perseverance than prayer.

Yet, even as I write that I realize that I've been able to persevere because of the prayer habits I've been seeking to develop in my life.

Prayer is a struggle for many Christians because in our humanness we complicate the simple. [click to tweet]

I don't believe there is a right or wrong way to pray.

We are individuals. It only makes sense that how we relate and communicate with our heavenly Father will be a little different for each of us. Certainly, there are ways to pray that will be common for all of us. But our intimate communication with Him will be unique to our lifestyle, our personality, and our faith.

There are literally thousands of books out there on how and what to pray. Read them. Many are excellent. Just remember to glean what works for you and leave the rest. Your best source is always the Bible. I recommend the Psalms. They will never stop teaching and inspiring you.

My prayer life is a far cry from what I hope it will be one day. I'm not a Daniel pray-er. I don't fall on my face for large blocks of time confessing my sin and the sin of my nation. Frankly, I'm not sure I'm ready for the response that kind of prayer might bring.

But I am learning to pray more consistently and more often. Bringing an awareness of God into more moments of my life. To learn to pray without ceasing. 

They may be short, prayers of praise, gratitude, repentance, supplication, or intercession but they are becoming more constant. They produce an increased awareness, a deeper faith, and trust of knowing He is always there. In turn, this awareness has given me the perseverance I've needed during the last several months.

If you're struggling with prayer I urge you to keep it simple. Simply talk to Him.

Certainly, we should come to Him with a humble and repentant heart. But even when we can't, what He wants the very most is for us to seek Him. Like any good Father, He will step in and do the rest.


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Faith On Fire, Grace & Truth,
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Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
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Counting My Blessings, Grace Moments, Heart Encouragement

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