How Do You Pray?

how do you pray

The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. (Psalm 51:17)

Praying to God is not about outward appearance, but an inward conviction of the heart. It requires a proper attitude and humble heart. If you pray with a sincere heart, then God will hear your prayers. However, if you pray with a closed heart that only criticizes others, while elevating yourself, then you might as well stop praying.

Those who are poor in spirit recognize their need for God. They are broken and incomplete, so they turn to God for help. They seek His mercy and ask for His forgiveness. They know that God is holy, so they treat Him with utmost respect. Their righteousness does not come through outward appearance, but merely from trusting Him.

However, the proud in spirit think only of themselves. They believe that they are declared righteousness before God based on their good works. Their conduct and understanding is perfect and far superior to anyone else. They do not see their own sin, and they have no need for forgiveness, because they are spotless before God.

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector:

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 18:9-14)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

I recognize my own need to become poor in spirit, so that I can receive your mercy and grow in your grace. Forgive me of trying to maintain my pride by boasting in my good works and criticizing others. I want to be justified before God, just like the tax collector. I trust you to save me by your grace and to declare me in right standing before God. Thank you for showing me my need for your salvation. Amen.

A Virtuous Wife

a virtuous wife

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise. (Proverbs 31)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for every godly wife who has high moral standards, and who desires to accomplish many great things. Such women are more valuable beyond any earthly riches, as they eagerly accomplish the tasks you have set before them. Their good deeds bless their families, and leave a positive impact upon their communities.

Their dedication of service, and their reverence for the Lord is exemplary. May you reward their efforts and publicly honor their achievements. Give them abundant life, renewed strength, and increased stamina to navigate every area of their well-being, and may their names be long remembered throughout history. Amen.

Driving Test Prayer

driving test prayer

Heavenly Father,

Help me to pass my driving test. I give you my anxiety, and I ask for your peace. Calm my heart and reassure me of your presence. Your words do comfort me, and you promise to watch over me. Thank you for helping me to prepare for this day.

May I be able to change lanes in traffic, remember to check my blind spots, and do well in parallel parking. Remind me to come to a full stop at intersections. Let me be aware of what’s important, and help me to pay close attention to the instructions of my driving examiner.

I want to be a good student of all I have learned. May my efforts be fruitful, and may you be glorified. Thank you for the opportunity to learn how to drive, and for the freedom of being able to go places. May I use these new skills to help others and to further the advance of your kingdom, in Jesus name. Amen.

Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

The Wrath of God

No Warning

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

As in the days of Noah, you will give no warning for your coming judgement.

For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away… (Matthew 24:38-39) 

The wicked have suppressed the truth, chosen not to glorify God, nor give thanks for what He has done. They have exchanged His glory for their own mortality. Therefore, He will give them over to their own sinful desires, and by their own depravity they will perish.

Holy Spirit, bring conviction upon the land, and may the fear of the Lord be known to all peoples. As they repent of their own wickedness, may you deliver them from the kingdom of darkness, and establish them in the kingdom of the Beloved Son. To Jesus of Nazareth be all the glory, honor, and fame. Amen.

What Is Prayer?

what is prayer

Is the Son of God praying in me, or am I dictating to Him?… Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is a most initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front of our common sense and change our attitude to the things about which we pray. (Oswald Chambers)

When I think about prayer, I think of being in communion with God where we talk with each other. Sharing with God is important, because it gives me the opportunity to express my feelings to someone who wants to listen. When I can lay down my burdens, I am more open to considering His ways, and changing my attitude about things. These are a few of the reasons I enjoy my prayer times with God.

What about you? What does prayer mean to you? Feel free to share your response in the comment section.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I pray that each one of us would take the time to share our thoughts about prayer. May we speak with you, and hear from you. Help us to share our feelings, and express our thoughts, and give us the patience to listen to you. As we wait upon you, may you strengthen and encourage us. To you be the glory! Amen.

Its Your Birthday!

its your birthday

Happy Birthday! We celebrate your birthday with you, because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are made in God’s image and one for whom Jesus Christ has died. You are precious in His sight and you have been raised to newness of life through faith in Him. You are God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He has prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). Remember, God knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Be blessed as you celebrate your birthday, today. This is a very special day, and we give thanks to God for you. As you move forward, may you be reminded of His great love, of your favor in His eyes, and the joy of His everlasting life. Amen.

Prayer for Miracles

prayer for miracles

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, we desire to honor you by placing our faith in you. Forgive us by being stubborn and easily offended by you. Would you soften our hearts to receive your presence. Just as the men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, may we repent as you share your words with us. All authority in heaven and on the earth is yours, and you have been commissioned by the Father to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven, as the Beloved Son. May you come to heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. As freely as we have received from you, may we also give to others. Amen.