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WHAT IS PRAYER?
In simple terms, prayer is talking with God. Like a good conversation between two friends, prayer is the way people share their hearts with God, and know that He listens. In a narrow sense, prayer is asking God for something. Richard Foster, in his book Celebration of Discipline, said that prayer is where “we begin to think God’s thoughts after Him: to desire the things He desires, to love the things He loves, to will the things He wills.” When we pray regularly and consistently, we remind ourselves to seek God while telling God our deepest desires.
In a wider sense, prayer is worship. More than just asking God to meet our needs, we begin to acknowledge God for who He is as we pray. Through prayer we confess our sin, give thanks for God’s provision in our lives, and express our adoration to God.
PRAY AS AN INDIVIDUAL
Whether prayer is a regular practice for you or you’ve never prayed in your life, we can all begin somewhere. To start, use the prayer focus card from the weekend service at Redeemer’s. Each week you will find a new prayer focus card in your bulletin. Take it home and use it as a tool to help you pray.
Keep a prayer journal. Some find writing out their prayers in a journal is a special and worshipful experience. Keeping a record of what you’ve prayed for allows you to go back and observe how God has responded.
Take 10 minutes each day for 30 days and pray using the acronym, A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Seeking). By worshiping, confessing, thanking, and asking God in this simple format, you can begin to have your perspective of God transformed as you take steps and grow with Him.
PRAY AS A FAMILY
Your children will develop their understanding of a relationship with God as they watch you model yours. Don’t let this intimidate you. The best thing you can teach your kids is that you are growing and trying new things as you develop your relationship with Jesus. With your spouse, kids, or other family members, begin the habit of praying together regularly. Begin your meals with thanking God for His provision. When you or your children have needs, pause and ask God together. At the end of the day take time to pray with each other.
PRAY WITH OTHERS
You were never meant to walk the path of life alone. God has created you to journey with others as you grow in your relationship with Him. Find a person you can pray with on a regular basis. As we grow as wholehearted followers of Christ we are called to love one another. Prayer is a tangible way to live this out.
TAKING THE NEXT STEP
If you would like to learn more about prayer, visit www.choosingtheway.com, where you can find out more about taking your next step with God.
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For information on the Women's Ministry Prayer Tree click HERE for more information.