October Discipline: Prayer

Posted by Dave Clayton on

Prayer has been something that is always so fascinating to me.  I have always thought of it as a way to be instantly connected to God.  There is something wonderful about knowing that anything that is on your heart can be said to him and he is there to listen, love, praise, comfort, be understanding, be disappointed, but in the end ultimately he still loves us unconditionally.

Each morning on my way to work, I like to take the first few minutes of my drive to talk to God.  It started a couple of years ago, because I needed to ask him for something, but as I continued to do it each day I began to realize spending each day by starting it off in prayer effected how my day turned out.  I found this time with God to be more and more enjoyable each day.  Often times when prayer becomes a daily, hourly (or however often) routine....it becomes exactly as worded - a routine.  Routine is something that I never want if it means that I am going to be stagnant in my prayer time with God.  I'm personally looking forward to this month's challenge, because it helps me to ask deeper questions and refocus my thought and to make sure I am being purposeful in my prayer.

I love this verse, I think it sums up prayer perfectly:
Phillipians 4:6 - Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything.  With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.

Dear Heavenly Father, I am coming before you to pray for our church.  I pray that we are loving our city the way you would love our city, that we are seeking to spread your word uncontrollably, and that we are glorifying your Name in all that we do.  We love you and thank you for your sacrifice that you made and I pray that we honor your name.  In Jesus' Name Amen!
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