December 11, 2009

Encouraging Words 12/11/09-Prayer Is Just a Conversation With God

God wants to be our friend, and we usually enjoy talkilng over our lives with our friends.  We will never find a better friend than Jesus, yet we so often let time slip away without engaging him in conversation.  This article from Relevant magazine offers practical tips on how to avoid that:

Prayer—which is simply talking with God—is considered a critical aspect of faith. One prophet blurted, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you” (1 Sam. 12:23 (TNIV)). Prayer is not some kind of pious decoration; it is the breath of the human soul. Unfortunately, some of us don’t breathe as often as we should—and it shows. 

Scripture exhorts, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col. 4:2). The word “devote” is actually derived from the word “vow.” In other words, we should think about and commit ourselves to some consistent prayer rhythms. Yet, it seems so hard to do. There are reasons why we don’t pray. Some are valid ... some are maybe less so, but there are practical ways we can make our devotion a habit rather than a chore. So below are some common reasons people stop praying, and tips for how to overcome those obstacles.

Click here to read their tips to start praying.

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