Fresh Hope – 5th October 2016

Prayer is another spiritual discipline that is vital to our spiritual growth. When we pray, we receive direction, strength, comfort, encouragement and so much more. Prayer doesn’t have to be fancy or overly spiritual – prayer is simply talking with God.

Communication in any good relationship isn’t one-sided. It’s interactive with both sides participating; part of prayer is talking to God, with the other side hearing from Him. Hearing God’s voice can be a thought that the Holy Spirit drops into your mind, or an inner conviction that’s similar to a ‘gut feeling’.

Prayer makes the power of God available to us in the situations we’re facing. It also keeps us trusting in and relying on Him for all that we need – that’s why it’s essential that prayer becomes part of our everyday life.

Here are some practical guidelines about prayer:

• Set aside a special time in each day to pray. Try and stick to the same room, chair and time so that it becomes a special place to be looked forward to.

• Morning prayer is good because it gives God priority in your day and prepares you for the day ahead.

• Better to pray for a short while and be consistent rather than try and break a record and do it only once or twice.

• Open your heart wide and ask God to speak to you.

• Deal with any attitudes that might keep you from effective prayer – anger, unforgiveness, pride, jealousy etc.

• Alongside the things that you will want to pray for that are unique in any given day, make a list of ongoing needs and requests that you can pray for until you receive an answer.
James 5:16-18 (Message Bible)

Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t – not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did.

Pastor Mark

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