Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful - Colossians 4:2
Prayer is our communication with God and one of the most important things we can do in our life today. Along with believing that Jesus died and shed his precious blood for us, daily reading and studying our bible and living a righteous life style, how do we pray continuously without repeating ourselves and how do we know what to pray about?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God - Philippians 4:6
Firstly, your prayer should start with praising God and acknowledging his goodness and grace. Then you can admit your sins and ask for forgiveness. Give thanks for all the blessings he has given you and the everyday things you are grateful for. Prayer isn’t just about you though - include requests for others as well as yourself. Rather than material items, ask for positive traits such as calmness, compassion, kindness, joy or peace.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I found some prayer prompts in my notebook which I copied from the internet a year ago but I didn’t make a note of where they came from so if they’re yours – thanks for sharing and let me know your webpage so I can give you the proper credit.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer - Romans 12:12
Using prayer prompts allows you to weave prayer throughout your day and create a daily dialogue with God. Start by thinking about your prompts, such as something you love (a family member, nature), something that frustrates you (red lights, a co-worker) or someone who needs prayer (firemen, the homeless, someone in difficulty).
Here are some suggestions of how to use them;
You see a fire engine or ambulance – pray for first responders and those who risk their lives to keep us safe
Stopped at a red light – pause and thank God for a blessing in your life
See the homeless person on the corner – pray for all those in need, particularly the homeless and most destitute.
See the sunrise or sunset – praise God for his majesty and glory in all his creation.
Hug a member of your family or a close friend – pray for God’s protection and blessings over them.
See someone who frustrates you – pray for God’s blessings on that person and your heart to be softened towards them.
There are so many more situations and scenarios that you can add to this and everyone’s prompts will be different; it means you won’t need to worry about how you can pray without ceasing all through your day.
I’m praying for anyone who’s reading this that you are guided by God. Remember, Jesus is coming back soon so stay close to God in prayer.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours - Mark 11:24
I’ve only included a small selection of verses so please share your favourite bible verses about prayer below.
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