Devotion About Prayer

May this devotion about prayer encourage you to pray throughout your day. Prayer is powerful. Never doubt that God does hear our prayers. As it says in Job 22:27: "You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows."

Sometimes the simplest of prayers are the most powerful. "Thank you Lord!" or "Your will be done!" As it says in Matthew 6:7, "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words." Tell God what is on your heart.

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DEVOTION 1

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)



Short Poem
Pray For

by Phillips Brooks

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.
Pray for powers equal to your tasks,
Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle.
But you shall be a miracle.

Every day you shall wonder at yourself,
at the richness of life which has
come to you by the grace of God.


Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 (NIV)



Prayer
by Hendrik Vossema

Our Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for
the rest of the night and the joy and beauty of the morning.
This day we accept as a loving tribute of Thy Love to Thy children.

May we not mar it by unhallowed thoughts, unkind,
hasty and regretful speech and shameful and evil deeds.

May ours be the illumination which comes from
moral and spiritual conquest.

May we feel the ties that bind us tenderly to Thee
and to one another; and work for that large human brotherhood,
which holds in its strong embrace even the most distant and
isolated member of the human family.

May we go forth to our work with a deep and abiding faith in the power of
good over evil and willing to do our share in the building up
of Thy kingdom of love and righteousness,
peace and good will here upon earth.
Amen.


Reflection:
Prayer And Work
 by Maria Frink


A devout writer has said: '"Work may disturb and dissipate our communion with God; it may weaken the very motive from which it should arise; it may withdraw our gaze from God, and fix it on ourselves. It may puff us with conceit of our own powers; it may fret us with annoyances of resistance; and in a hundred other ways may waste and wear away our personal religion." The more we work the more we need to pray. In this day of activity there is great danger, not of doing too much, but of praying too little for so much work. "Lord, teach us to work; Lord, teach us to pray."

How may we preserve a due proportion between these two - work and prayer? We are to remember that there is no well balanced living without wholeheartedness; without a continual surrender of all to God; with a fixed purpose to glorify Him in whatever we undertake. To be fully consecrated to God and his service, according to his own word, is therefore, the first requisite

Next in importance to this is a proper sense of our littleness and God's greatness.- No workman or work is necessary to the advancement of God's glory in the earth. Work is the privilege granted to us; not a meritorius yielding of ourselves to God. His character is so ineffably glorious that to be linked in service with Him in any way is unspeakable condescension on his part. To know God and also ourselves enables us, therefore, so to work that holy communion with Him will be steadily maintained. And then, if we would have this connection unbroken, we should lovingly consider the example of our Lord, who, when upon earth, withdrew himself from human gaze to seek refreshment at the fountain sources of spiritual comfort. We are taught that "for our sakes" he thus fulfilled all righteousness. Think of his manner in the disciples' presence. Doubtless all along his toilsome way he "lifted up his eyes to heaven" and called upon the Father.

Partaking of his spirit, no one will so work as to lose the desire to pray; on the other hand, no one will so pray as to abridge his relish or ability for work in the Master's service.


DEVOTION 2

Teach Us To Pray
by Reuben Kidner

O Lord, our Heavenly Father,
who keepest covenant and loving kindness with Thy servants,
who walk humbly with Thee,
and who hast been attentive to the prayers of our fathers
when they lifted up their hearts and their hands to Thee,
teach us to pray, and to love to pray.
Visit us in the night season and before the morning watch.
Touch our spirits with the flame of Thy Spirit,
before the day's business lays hold upon us and entangles us,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen


Reflection
Early Morning
by Martin Luther

First, when I feel that I am become cold and indisposed to prayer, by reason of other business and thoughts, I take my psalter and run into my chamber, or, if day and season serve, into the church to the multitude, and begin to repeat to myself - just as children used - the ten commandments, the creed, and, according as I have time, some sayings of Christ or of Paul, or some Psalms.

Therefore it is well to let prayer be the first employment in the early morning, and the last in the evening, Avoid diligently those false and deceptive thoughts which say, Wait a little, I will pray an hour hence; I must first perform this or that.

For with such thoughts a man quits prayer for business that lays hold of and entangles him, so that he comes not to pray the whole day long.



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We hope these devotions about prayer have been meaningful and uplifting. Our favorite scripture verses about praying is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Praying continually through out your day is having constant communication with God. It can be a simple "thank you Lord" or "give me wisdom God".  It does not have to be a long drawn out prayer for God to hear you.



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