The prayer cycle:
Without prayer life’s a mess.
When life’s a mess
People eventually pray.
Your prayer-do is much more important than your hairdo. How you communicate with God and what you do with your life matters, but your hairstyle will make little difference in your quality of life. (Many happy people have bad hair.) A beautician can fix your life, but sincere prayer lets God fix your life.
Some people say that it doesn’t make sense to pray. For me, life doesn’t make much sense without prayer.
True prayer doesn’t wear an inner mask when approaching God. It doesn’t heart distance from Him.
When people say they can’t hear God, what they usually mean is that God isn’t telling them what they want to hear. The testimonies of God can be seen in nature, but His voice is heard deep inside your heart. When God begins to talk to you, listen. Don’t interrupt Him.
Prayer requires humility. True prayer is the acknowledgement that we need God.
Heart-felt prayer isn’t like talking to yourself or to an imaginary friend. There’s a real connection when you talk to God. Try a sincere, honest conversation with God and notice what happens in your heart.
To ignore your conscience is to walk away and not hear what God has to say. Let Him talk to you. If you don’t want to communicate with God, He won’t make you pray.
True prayer involves getting and keeping your mind, heart, and life right with God. You don’t need to go anywhere (or attend a church service) to communicate with God in prayer.
The ultimate purpose of prayer isn’t for us to command God, but for us to allow God to lead us into His will. Prayer that doesn’t connect your heart with God is incomplete.
When we make communication with God all about making requests, we miss out on hearing His voice and celebrating His presence. It’s hard to pray if you’re trying to avoid God’s presence.
When your soul is hungry for God, honest, open-hearted prayer is more fulfilling than study. If you’re offline with God, heart-felt prayer will reboot your spiritual wifi. It’s a probable deception to think you have a relationship with God if you rarely (or never) interact or communicate with Him.
When I pray the words don’t come from my mind or my will, but they freely flow from somewhere deep within me. Dare to pray. Begin to say one for somebody. Then notice what happens in your heart.
If your enemies are as wrong as you think they are, they really need your prayers. If you don’t believe in miracles, but ask God for one anyway, you’ll be tempted to try to explain it away.
Hearing a sermon or having a discussion about Jesus, can’t compare with listening to and obeying Him. Hearing a sermon can be an obstacle to obeying God. It gives you the impression that you’re already doing it by merely attending church.
Prayer is called spiritual warfare, because it’s hard to make our human nature surrender to God. It takes spiritual warfare to defeat ungodly, thoughts, feelings, and desires. We can’t follow Jesus and our own thoughts, feelings, and desires at the same time.
People who have been forgiven by God know how to forgive others. They’ve learned to let go of bitterness and and brush away all hate.