Prayers of Thanksgiving…

(Nehemiah 9:16-25)…There are so many things that we should be thankful to God for. I know that He has blessed me in more ways than I can probably even count. Again, that is one of the things that we sometimes miss out on when we come to Him in prayer. We can too easily go to God in prayer only with our requests, and only when we want something changed. God is loving and wants to hear our prayers, but He also deserves to hear our thanks for everything that He does in our lives. Fortunately for us, God shows us grace and will forgive us for reverting to that way of prayer. And that’s something to always be thankful for, His unending forgiveness!

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Who Is The Focus of Our Prayer?

(Nehemiah 9:5-15)…So often we look at prayer as a way to bring our requests to God. While that is in there it’s really only the smallest part. When we go to God in prayer we need to be focusing on Him. We need to give Him the thanks & praise that he deserves. We need to ask Him for forgiveness for our sinfulness. If we are truly focused on God then our prayers will be in line with His will, and we won’t be just coming at Him with requests but instead will be acknowledging His will in our lives. God is bigger than we can even imagine, He deserves to be first in our prayer life.

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Prayer…

(Nehemiah 8:1-18)…We’re into week 3 with the subject of prayer. Part way through last week I began to feel tired of the subject. And even this morning I had some of those thoughts. One thing is for certain though, prayer is a very important part of our spiritual lives. This has been a hard area for me for some time. I think God is really looking to get me past this struggle by not letting me skim by on this subject. I can say for sure that prayer has become an even greater part of my life. I for sure have become more intentional with my praying for others. I still need work in this area but the more I continue to work on it the easier it will come, and be more natural part of my day.

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Disunity = Unanswered Prayer…

(James 4:1-3, 1 Peter 3:1-7)…God has shown us in many ways that we are not meant to go it alone. He gave us marriage because He knew we needed a help. He gave us churches because He knew there were strength in numbers, to hold on to our faith. Prayer can also hang on whether we have unity, with our spouse or with the rest of the church. If our prayers are not united that can cause them to go unanswered, and especially if those prayers are under wrong motives. We’re called to be united, and when we aren’t that’s when Satan can take a foot hold and tear us further apart.

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