Encouraging young people to devote every area of life to the glory of Christ
How true! Prayer shields our soul from satan and evil; for when we pray we are staying close to Christ and keeping ourselves in Him. We are told to 'watch and pray that we enter not into temptation' (Matt 26:41) because our adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Prayer therefore keeps us connected to Christ - for while in prayer we cannot be used of satan! Prayer is a scourge to satan; when we spend time in prayer with our Heavenly Father, we are doing something that satan tries his upmost to keep us from, therefore scourging him! Satan is out to destroy our relationship with God and prayer only draws us closer to Him, so satan will do anything within his power to keep us from prayer. Therefore we must be ever vigilant and diligent in being faithful prayer warriors! Prayer is a sacrifce to God; we have to sacrfice our time to give God time. When we come before God in worship and prayer we are laying our lives down before Him in sacrifice to please Him and get close to Him. Prayer is a part of living our lives as a living sacrifice unto our Lord (Romans 12:1).So may we, as God's children, make sure we pray often, for it will indeed shield our soul and scourge satan, as well as it being a sacrifice to our precious Lord.
Something that helps me in thinking about this topic is looking to the example of our saviour. He didn't have the problems that we have created for ourselves through sin and if any man could be said to have 'inner strength' it was him and yet... "Rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." Mark 1:35 and it is He that helps us!
Our Pastor, Gerard Hemmings, did an excellent study on prayer in our Wednesday evening Bible Studies. It is well worth a listen: How to Pray
A friend recently shared with me how she struggled to spend more than a few minutes in prayer. And asked if I had any thoughts on this. I was just wondering, do any of you have anything helpful that I could add in my reply to her?
Perhaps your friend could try praying through a little list of the people she knows, or thanking God for as many things as she can think of. Writing down the blessings we have and thanking Him for each one is a good way to begin prayer.
I would second Elspeth's point about thinking about all the things we are going to pray about and listing/writing them down beforehand.There are so many things we can be sorry or thankful for. There are God's promises to remind him about. Then there is just the fact that we can praise him for who he is!Something I have found very helpful is reading through different prayers in the Bible, and also the psalms, and taking ideas from those to pray about. Other than that, persevering and praying for more of a 'Spirit of prayer and supplications',because it is the Holy Spirit who helps us to pray;'Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.'(Zech12:10, Rom8:26)I would also highly reccommend a book by Thomas Brooks, 'The Secret Key to Heaven.' (B of T, Puritan paperbacks). -In which Brooks covers the topic of private prayer very thoroughly and biblically, with all sorts of problems addressed and remedied.
Another thought on this is that it can be very helpful to pray aloud, even though we're alone and (hopefully!) only God can hear us. I believe this used to be the prevailing habit amongst God's people, and I find it extremely helpful myself. It particularly helps with the problem that some of us busy mothers have of falling asleep the minute we stop moving or close our eyes! I often pray aloud when I'm out walking (not round town...) by myself, and I find I can concentrate much better that way. Try it!A M Other.
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