[RE]FOCUS Day 38
Week 6: Reforming
Day 3: Prayer
by Jane Strybis
Luke 11:1-3 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread…’”
Sometimes, through life’s challenges and heartaches, I find myself asking what exactly is prayer. The answer comes quickly and clearly when I open my heart and hear the Holy Spirit say to me that prayer is simply talking directly and honestly with Him.
This is such an important tool that we have been given and here are some thoughts that are shared in our New Member Class about prayer:
- Prayer is simply talking to God. Prayer is a gift given to us by God and He loves to hear from us. Prayer is what gives us a healthy relationship with Him and does not have to include fancy words or phrases. Just be honest and heartfelt whenever we pray.
- Prayer is our gift from God. We are invited to use prayer often in order to talk with Him to build our trust and our relationship with Him. We can talk with Him in a simple conversation just like we might have with a friend. Always remember that God answers our prayers and is glad when we take the time to share our life with Him.
Remember to pray – this is the best action we can take about anything that is happening in our lives. God hears us! What a wonderful gift we have been given so use it.
Heavenly Father, what a tremendous privilege You have given Your children to pray. Give us the confidence that You will always hear and answer our prayers for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
The One who holds all things in His hand does not lose track of you. How does this inform or reform your thoughts on what God is capable of doing? How does that impact how you pray?