Hello family and Happy April to all of you! I hope everyone is doing well even on these rainy days! April is full of showers and also full of many blessings. I was supposed to post a blog last week, but I ended up changing my topic. I wanted to talk about having an intentional prayer life. As you are growing in your journey, ask yourself, "how is my prayer life?" Am I connecting with God on a deeper level? Is my prayer life the same or is it growing? Am I seeing the proper changes in my life?
Those are all questions I would like for you to answer on your own and to think about. Being around parents of Faith, prayer was always big in my household. Whenever I was not feeling well, my parents would pray. If I had a test, my parents would pray with me before school, and advise me to pray as well. I was also taught that you should always pray to God, rather you are having a good day or a bad day. Always pray! Of course, at a younger age, the only time I prayed was when I needed God or whenever I was at church. I did not know what it meant to have an intentional prayer life until years later.
Why is prayer important?
Prayer is the way in which we communicate with God. Just like you have to communicate with those around you, well you should do the same with God. There is no certain way to pray, it is up to you, and as I tell people, let the Holy Spirit guide you. Prayer is not only communication with God, but it is what I like to call, "a chain breaker." If you have ever heard, "Break Every Chain" by Tasha Cobbs Leonard then you know what I am talking about. When I pray I want chains to be broken, I want a move of God, I want to feel the presence of God. There is power in prayer.
How I created an Intentional Prayer Life:
The way in which a person prayers, may be different from the next. Most times we try to incorporate the "old deacons" prayer in our prayer life. You know when it starts off as, "Most Holy and Mighty God, Here we are again" the deacon is probably surrounded by other Deacons and they are kneeling on one knee. That's the prayer that makes you want to take your wig off and possibly take a seat because Deacon Harold or Deacon Jessie is about to pray for 20 minutes but best believe the presence of Jesus is coming.
Listen, you do not have to pray like that if that is not you. Incorporate your own style of prayer and make it personal with God. This is your time with Him and you ought to be who you are in the midst of His presence. The way I start my prayer off is, I say "Dear God or Dear Heavenly Father." I like to feel that I am writing a letter to God. Most times that prayer or letter is consisted of asking for forgiveness, thanking God for everything, inviting the Holy Spirit in, presenting my flaws, and being RAW with God about my needs and wants in life.
When I pray, I don't just pray when I wake up or when I go to bed. I consistently pray throughout the day. That can be at your job, in your car, at the grocery store, or anywhere you feel that you need to talk to God about something. Talk to Him, regardless of what is going on in your life. If you are angry, happy, sad, depressed, or not feeling well, go to God. The Holy Spirit will guide you in the way that you should go. Start by telling God how your day has been or how someone made you mad at work and you don't know how to walk away from it. God will help you and guide you in the right direction.
Today, I pray that your prayer life increases and that your walk with God becomes intentional. I pray that what you are dealing with, God helps you through it. I pray for love, joy, peace, healing, and most of all faith and salvation. I know what prayer has done for me and I am sure that it can bring you the peace that you need in your life as well. Be blessed FAMILY.
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