There is a direct correlation to the overall quality of our lives and our closeness to God. Everything in our lives is made better by staying in close relationship with the Lord through all seasons. Prayer is our line of direct communication with God!
There is power in prayer, even in simple prayer! When we take even the smallest problem to Jesus in prayer, we find ourselves in constant communication with God, and this is exactly where God wants us. Developing and maintaining good habits that benefit our lives, such as a strong prayer life, leaves absolutely no room for worry.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
Life vastly improves when we are in God’s will! A lifestyle of constant prayer is what will keep us in his will. Making time every day to pray has to be top priority, over anything else. We must also entrust the problem, details and final results, to Jesus. Taking it to Jesus and then leaving it with Jesus gives us the confidence that everything will work out just fine. Three simple reminders for prayer are: state the problem simply, take it to Jesus faithfully, and trust Him humbly.
It’s also important to remember that we all need others to pray for us. Jesus is our ultimate example and He had disciples that He asked to pray with and for Him. It’s ideal to invite 2-3 close friends to be your prayer partners who are willing to connect with you around prayer. Spend time thinking of a few close friends you have. Once you have 2-3 friends in mind, follow these easy steps:
Steps to Finding Close Prayer Partners
1.Pray for each of them by name.
2. Ask God to protect them and to reveal His purpose for their lives.
3. Ask Him to open their hearts to your invitiation to being a prayer partner.
4. Confess your own need to God to have others in your life who can pray for you.
5. Ask God to help you to commit to at least 5 minutes of daily prayer time with Him.
Additional Verses to Further Study Prayer:
“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.” ( Psalm 34:15-17)
“O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.” (Daniel 9:18)
“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.” (1 John 5:14)
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3)
“Father God, life with you is amazing! Help us to seek your Your will above anything else. Reveal to me which friends You would like me to have as prayer partners in this season of life. When I pray, I am confident that You hear me.”
Wishing you all a great week!