Put Prayer First

Prayer is one of the most important activities in our lives because we’re actually talking to the sovereign God
of the universe. He understands how we feel, knows what we think, and has the power to intervene in every
area of life. Our quiet time with God empowers us to face the challenges of each day. When we make prayer
a priority, we reap a whole host of benefits like comfort, guidance, and confidence. But an intimate and
effective prayer life never happens accidentally; we must intentionally take the following steps.
• SCHEDULE A TIME. It can be difficult to focus on prayer when the demands of life are knocking
at your door. You may have to rise early in the morning before anyone else is awake, or stay up late
at night after everyone else has fallen asleep, to have some quiet time with your heavenly Father.
• BELIEVE THE LORD HEARS OUR PRAYERS. We can be confident that God listens to us
because He never turns a deaf ear to one of His praying children. It has nothing to do with whether
we feel worthy or not. We are all invited to come boldly before His throne of grace.PRAY FOR OTHERS. Sometimes God gives us a burden to intercede for someone else. Although
we may not be able to help, the Lord can.
• TRUST IN GOD’S POWER. Jesus said that an earnest prayer of faith has the power to move a
mountain (Mark 11:23). No task in harmony with God’s will is impossible to perform when we believe
in Him. Whatever He commands us to do, He gives us the strength and resources to accomplish. As
our heavenly Father, He’s protecting, supporting, and providing everything we need to obey Him.
• PRAY FOR DIRECTION. The Lord wants to guide us into His plan for our lives. If we’ll ask Him
for direction, He may not show us the entire course, but He will provide the next step. To receive
further instruction, we must be willing to obey whatever He has already revealed. As we keep walking
with Him, the path will gradually unfold to us.
• PRAY WITH THE WORD. Effective prayer is anchored in the Word of God. If we try to pray
without it, our requests may not be wise. But as we consistently read the Bible, the Lord will show us
how to pray wisely and according to His will.

Oftentimes the road to a new beginning is wrought with a host of mistakes and defeats. But know that to continue on the path side by side with the Holy Spirit is a victory in itself. Don’t give up on new life. Seek the fullness of God’s goodness with all your might. Allow him to help you, forgive you, and strengthen you along the way. He will be faithful to shepherd you into all his wonderful plans. All you have to do is follow his leadership and enjoy his nearness. May you find comfort and hope in the powerful presence of your loving Father today.

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