New Wine - Day 31

 The Discipline of Prayer

Spiritual Discipline #3, Prayer.

:…pray without ceasing” -1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and constantly pray…” -Romans 12:12
“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…” -Philippians 4:6

It’s hard to overstate the importance of this spiritual discipline for the Christian life. Prayer is simply asking God for help, strength, or provision. It is the supplication of our lives before God in an intentional conversation focused on God.

We should not worry or “be anxious about anything” but bring all our needs and concerns to our gracious Father because he loves us.

“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you .” -1 Peter 5.6-7

It is humbling to ask our Father for everything. Prayer says, “Father, I need your help. I need your grace. Please provide for me. To give me wisdom and strength. To lead and guide me with my children.”

Rather than try to solve our problems or relieve our anxiety, we should cast them on our Father. Why? Because he cares for us – He genuinely, truly cares for us. It has been stated in scripture time and time again, but yet we seem to think that those promises are for someone else.

Remember, a “discipline” is something we do regularly. So don’t wait until you’re in trouble to pray. Do it every day. Try and find the same time to do it so it becomes part of your daily practice. You can do it while you brush your teeth, while you shower, while you drive to work, while you work out, you can really do it everywhere!

  1. Where is the best place you have to pray? 
  2. When is the best time for you to pray? 
  3. Do you keep those lines of communication open more often than not? 
  4. What can you do to focus your prayer time today? 

By Pastor Timothy Gillespie

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