Ppprrraaayyyeeerrr is bigger than we think it is

When you speak a prayer,
Or think a prayer,
Something in your heart
Begins to care.

Prayer’s more than
A part you play,
Words to say
In a holy way
Or on a special day.

When prayer
Freely flows,
It grows
Stronger.

When prayer becomes
A mere formality,
True spirituality
Becomes a casualty.

To pray
Or not to pray,
That’s never been
The question
For me.

Prayer's not just
How you communicate
Or what you articulate.
It's also about how you meditate
On the living God.

I don’t write prayers, but I do find that praying rights me. Praying increases my faith because it empowers me to hear God’s voice and makes His words burn in my heart. (Romans 10:17.) The whole world is my pray-ground.

Biblical prayer is more about maintaining a relationship with God than it is about getting answers from Him. To pray is not a way to force your will on God, but to surrender your will to His.

Prayer is more than words occasionally spoken to God. It’s a lifestyle. Where there’s awareness of God, prayer happens.

Prayer and worry don’t get along. When one comes in, the other goes out the door. No matter what or how you pray, God knows whether you mean it or not.

Prayer that falls short of personally encountering God, is just words. True prayer is relating to God. The time for prayer is now–every moment of the day. “Pray without ceasing.” Prayer (like breathing) isn’t just for special times.

I like to pray with my eyes open — to converse with God about what I see thru out the day. A programmed, prearranged talk with a good friend would seem strange. That’s the way reading programmed prayers seems to me.

The power of prayer is in God’s ability to answer, not in how you ask. Trust in Him, not in your own religious efforts. To pray is not a way to force your will on God, but to surrender your will to His.

You can be praying without saying. Sometimes that’s the most powerful prayer–listening, hearing, and obeying God’s voice. Interactive prayer lets God do some of the talking.

Christians need to be visible examples of Christ-centered living. A living relationship with Jesus takes place within you, not in outward ceremonies or meetings.

People who deny that they have done wrong, deny their need for forgiveness, mercy, and grace. They don’t realize that they need to pray.

God is only away
If you’re astray.
You can stay
With Him.
“Abide in Me.”

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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