A couple of years ago, my dear niece Ellen bought me a planner that included both weekly and monthly calendars. It is so beautiful. It is a pretty green color and has the verse Song of Solomon 4:1: “Behold you are beautiful” on the cover. It has Bible verses throughout the planner. I came up with the idea to turn it into a prayer journal.
On each day of the monthly calendar, I write three things I am grateful for and thank God for his provision. I am instantly filled with joy and gratitude. On each day of the daily calendar, I write out a prayer. I am not good at journaling, but this was something easy for me to do and stick with. I will be starting my third calendar this January. I love this planner so much that I bought one for each of the ladies in my life group. They loved it! Now, my dear friends are making trips to the store and buying them for their loved ones. The store can barely keep them stocked. Praise God!
Prayer is such an important part of our spiritual journey through life with Jesus! CedarCreek will start 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting on Jan. 6.The Bible frequently acknowledgesJesus praying. He prayed by himself, he prayed in front of people, he prayed for his disciples, he prayed people would be healed, he prayed people would believe, and he prayed for many other things. Here are a couple examples of Jesus praying:
Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went to an isolated place to pray.
Jesus loved us so much, he prayed during his crucifixion:
Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
If Jesus, the Son of God, felt it necessary to pray, I know we all need to pray. Prayer is simply talking to Jesus and pouring our hearts out to him. Prayer is how we build a relationship with Jesus.
This is how I pray based on Beth Moore’s book “Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruits of the Spirit”. I have the steps written on an index card, and I keep it in a devotional book. Go to a quiet place. Take a few breaths and clear your mind. Ask Jesus to help you stay focused.
- Begin by showing respect and reverence to God. Pray, “today I will serve the Lord, not myself.”
- Worship God. I like to think of the characteristics of God. I do this by a simple method called the ABC’s. I voice his attributes in alphabetical order, for example Almighty God, Beautiful, Compassionate, Deliverer, etc. Listen to a praise and worship song and sing your praises to God.
- Abound in his presence. Sit quietly and enjoy the peace of God.
- Ask him to rid you of all self. Repent. Ask him to cleanse you and help you to yield to him. Ask him to fill you with the fruits of his Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control.
- Thank God for his blessings. I ask that I am able to see his blessing throughout my day.
- Ask God for your personal request.
- Pray for others.
- Ask for his wisdom, guidance, and strength.
- Review Bible verses that mean a lot to you. I meditate on them. A verse I am using now is Isaiah 26:3-4: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you. All whose thoughts are fixed on you. Trust in the Lord God always, for the Lord God is the eternal rock.”
- Close your prayer.
I pray that you will make prayer a priority in your life.
How often do you pray?
Why is prayer important?
Is there anything stopping you from praying?
Pray daily. Participate in CedarCreek’s 21 Days of Prayer. Google about Jesus praying and read the verses. Find a method of prayer that works for you and do it. Check out more prayer resources at cedarcreek.tv/21days.
Jesus, thank you for showing us how important prayer is. I am so grateful that the Almighty God of the universe wants to have a relationship with me. I love that you want me to pour out my heart to you in prayer. Help me to serve you and not myself. Change me, Lord. Fill me with the fruits of your Spirit. Help me obey and serve you. Please help me to make a difference and bring glory to your precious name. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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