Discipleship Series – Week 7 – Prayer

I am just beginning to understand the importance of prayer. Prayer has gotten me through the hardest times in my life without me realizing it. I fell into prayer by default, mostly when I cried to the Lord for help, and He comforted me and gave me solutions to my problems. 

 

One of the solutions He gave me that was a game changer is the Scripture cards. Whenever I feel depression or anxiety coming on, I take the Scripture Card “Choose Joy” and proclaim the Word until I have peace. The card “He is Faithful” is a fantastic companion to “Choose Joy” and is excellent for building your trust and faith in God. It has quickly become one of my favorites. This declaring scripture is actually another form of prayer.

 

Prayer is like painting; there are so many ways you can paint, and there are so many ways to pray. 

 

Speaking to God about your day throughout your days is prayer, listening is prayer, Asking Him questions is prayer, meditating on His Word is prayer, praising and thanking Him is prayer, speaking in tongues is prayer with the Holy Spirit, we pray for our family, our friends and leaders. 

 

Prayer is a cornerstone in our lives because God is our everything. Prayer is our communication with Him and our expression of Him. Communication is the foundation of any relationship.

 

Prayer is the interactive part of our relationship with God. You could say it’s the heartbeat. 

 

What kind of relationship do you have if you don’t talk to someone?

 

 Likewise, if you don’t listen, how healthy is your relationship? 

 

I believe talking, asking, listening, thanking, and simply spending time with Him is the most important part of our relationship with Him. 

 

First, focus on getting to know Him, and God will show you how to do everything else correctly. 

 

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:12

 

God gave life; He owns life. He is life. He knows how to do life. You may think you know how to do life where you would be most happy, but you don’t. 

 

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. – Proverbs 14:12

 

All wisdom comes from the Lord,

and so do common sense

    and understanding.

 God gives helpful advice

    to everyone who obeys him

and protects those

    who live as they should.

 God sees that justice is done,

and he watches over everyone

    who is faithful to him.

  • Proverbs 2:6-8

If we want anything we do to be successful, we must have a foundation of prayer backing our endeavors. 

 

It doesn’t matter what you’re struggling with, big or small the solution is prayer. 

 

I don’t care if that sounds cliche. With that one sentence, you are handed the keys to the kingdom.

 

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 16:19

 

Praying in tongues is the best form of prayer when you don’t know what to pray. 

 

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, – Jude 20

 

 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. – Romans 8:26

 

 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, – Ephesians 6:18

 

 Call to me, and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. – Jeremiah 33:3

 

If you don’t know much about speaking in the Spirit, we will be covering it for you in the assignment. Everyone’s prayer life will be different because our relationships with the Lord are unique. It’s not good to judge each other’s prayer.

 

Jesus tells us in Matt 5 that hypocrites love to pray, so while there are many ways to pray, not all is right. In your assignment, Andrew will share with you how not to pray and a better way to pray. 

 

Blessings,

 

In His Service, 

Abbie

 

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