Spiritual Discipline: Creating a Habit of Prayer
Spiritual disciplines are practices or habits that help deepen our faith and build spiritual strength. Spiritual disciplines include prayer. And they take discipline—attention and dedication—to challenge ourselves to stay committed in order to grow in our knowledge and love for God.
Praying to the God who Helps
What is an Ebenezer? Ebenezer is a biblical Hebrew word that literally means “stone of help” (1 Samuel 7:12). Ebenezers are a helpful reminder of God’s faithfulness while we pray.
How do I pray when I’m angry?
We can reframe our prayer time with God as moments of open, honest dialogue, creating a safe space to come to God with each and every emotion.
Prayers for the Start of a New School Year
Using Scripture as a guide, use these prayers for your church’s education programs, the school in your neighborhood, or family members who may be students or teachers.
Do I Really Have to Pray for That? How to pray when you don’t agree
Diversity of thought and perspective can make it difficult to pray in agreement with or intercede on behalf of a request that reflects a view or perspective you don’t agree with.
What Does it Mean When You’re in Somebody’s Thoughts and Prayers?
When we tell someone they’re in our thoughts and prayers, we are committing to bring their suffering, worries, or jubilation in front of God. The act of prayer is a gift, and a beautiful way to show love for your neighbors.
Pray Without Ceasing
As Christians with a commitment to prayer, we might ask ourselves this question: how often should I pray? The answer from the Bible may seem a bit unrealistic, but we should pray all the time.
Does God really listen to me?
Does God really listen to me? Quick answer: yes! While we may find it hard to imagine that God cares enough to listen to our prayers, the Bible makes it very clear that he does.
Why isn't God answering my prayer?
I don't have a good answer for why God sometimes answers my prayers in unwanted ways. Does it mean that I didn't pray hard enough? No. Does it mean I had some “hidden sin” in my life? No. Does it mean that God ignored me? No. God always listens and answers, even when I don’t see it or understand it.
Praying for Our Enemies
While praying for our enemies might be countercultural to the world, it’s a Kingdom practice modeled by Jesus himself.
Teaching Children How to Pray
Parents can employ several different forms or styles of prayer to help their children learn this spiritual practice. Pray at home, pray in the car, before meals, before bed, or any time in between.
Is There a Right Way to Pray?
However we pray, wherever we pray, and whether we pray out of anger and suffering or joy and thanksgiving, let us remember that God is always listening.
Praying with Confidence: Where does my help come from?
When we stumble in our personal or spiritual life we “look up” to our helper and pray. Psalm 121 speaks of God as our helper. We can “look up to the hills” with boldness and confidence knowing that God will pick us up when we fall.
I Stink at Prayer and So Can You
If you lack discipline, consistency, and focus in prayer, you are not alone. And take heart, God is for you. We can’t pray enough to earn God’s love, but God blesses us as we grow in our spiritual disciplines.
Praying Through Scripture
Scripture helps us see our situation from God’s perspective. Praying through Scripture can give us words to pray when situations and people weigh heavily on our hearts. Consider this brief list of common prayer needs and see how Scripture can guide your prayers.
Ways to Pray: Prayer Circles
The moments spent in prayer with God can calm anxiety and give energy to tackle the day’s stress. A visual tool, Prayer Circles, is helpful as you pray for yourself, your community, and the world.
Ways to Pray: Alphabet Prayer
It is easy to thank God for his many gifts and blessings, but what should we do when we feel stuck on how to create a thoughtful prayer?
Ways to Pray: Listening Prayer
Listening Prayer is simple, but takes some practice. God invites us to spend time in his presence, just quietly listening. Here are some suggestions to help you get started with Listening Prayer.
Welcome to the Prayer Team
God works through the prayers of his people, and even if we don’t know quite what to pray—for ourselves, for our loved ones, or for the individuals who are on the prayer list—there are always ways to pray in accordance with the will of the Father.
Ways to Pray: Five Essential Elements of Prayer. Prayer Hand.
Looking for ways to pray? There are numerous strategies, routines, and practices to help guide you in prayer. Why not let the five fingers on your hand help you remember five essential elements of prayer.
Ways to Pray: Prayer of Examen
“I know why I should pray, but sometimes I just don’t know how to pray.” There are many ways to pray, to enter into a conversation with God, the Prayer of Examen uses prayer to slow down and savor God’s presence.
Praying Through the Lens of Scripture
When God tells us “no” or “wait,” we might feel like he has abandoned us. Praying through the lens of Scripture, we see how the Bible assures us that God loves us and knows what is best for us.
Ways to Pray: Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina is a tool helpful to cultivate a deeper, reflective emphasis on pairing prayer and God’s Word together.
Ways to Pray: Breath Prayer
The ancient Christian practice of breath prayer is a way to enter into a conversation with God in simple and repeatable phrases that can be said in one breath.
Praying in the midst of a pandemic: The Lord’s Prayer
Reciting a familiar prayer can give a sense of stability and routine in a time when so much is changing.
Prayer Comes First
We need to be careful when saying, “I will pray for you.” It is admirable and good; we just need to be careful that our expressions of our desire do not diminish the place and importance of prayer.
What to Pray for?
Prayer is a conversation with God and an outworking of our relationship with God; this is an opportunity to live out the reality of this relationship. When praying with someone, it also shows your friend—even though you might not have the words to pray—you do have the will to pray, and that’s often the most important thing.
How to Pray: What is Intercessory Prayer?
What is Intercessory prayer, and how do we do it? Here are tools for effective intercessory prayer.
Ways to Pray: ACTS Prayer
Ever feel like your prayers wander around? Or do you lose focus in prayer? There are many ways to pray. One tool available is the acronym ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Not only does this acronym help with remembering what to pray for, but it also creates a natural flow of importance for our prayers.
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