Priceless Woman Ministries
Julia M. Faulkner
Your relationship with God begins with prayer! Has that thought ever crossed your mind? Afterward it is how you maintain a close relationship with Him. With daily prayer you find comfort, joy, peace, and happiness in all situations, and in their truest forms. Loneliness dissolves! And you know there is someone who cares and is always close by. His "line" is never busy. Without prayer this relationship will quickly wither; for it is the means of communication with your loving heavenly Father! While you can't talk with Him face to face, as with your earthly fathers, it is how we talk with the Lord. Not with the mouth alone, but with the heart also. When you allow your prayer life to fade, life's problems and trials seem to take over and all you can seem to do is focus on what's wrong in life. With prayer you can focus on our Lord and be reminded about what really matters. Does it comfort you knowing that just by simply asking, God can take over any problem and work it to His will and your benefit? That no matter what the outcome you can trust God, who is in control? With prayer comes assurance that all will be well. Without prayer there is uncertainty.
Prayer is walking hand in hand with the Creator of life. A big hug from a loving Father. A long talk with your best friend. Even when you're alone you don't have to be lonely. It's taking an uncertain situation with many options and outcomes and being given the right answer through God's perfect will. It's knowing that you don't have to depend on YOU, but on the almighty God who knows everything.
And even when God says "No", you can know that it is for the best. You don't have to wonder "if" you did the right thing when God reveals his answer to our petition.
Prayer is love in motion when you pray for others. And when you ask for something for another (instead of for you), then it is selfless.
Always begin you're prayer with thanksgiving and praise from the heart! Really mean what you thank God for. Don't just say "Thank you Lord for your blessings". Begin with something you are really thankful for and then tell God why you're thankful. This will cultivate true praise and keep you from becoming ungrateful.
Thanking God for His grace and mercy in any situation will see you through even the toughest of times. And you can often learn to be gracious and merciful towards others when, through prayers of thanksgiving and praise, you remember the unmerited grace you have been given. Don't forget to thank God for saving your soul from eternal torment!
Prayer is a means by which you can ask for material and physical needs. It's depending on God to provide food, shelter, clothing, etc. But there are spiritual needs you can ask Him for. His strength, power, and wisdom, self-control in any area of your life. Can you think of other things?
God desires your prayers and it is up to you to fulfill this responsibility.
Prayer is hope, joy, peace, comfort, contentment, happiness and a way of life.
Most importantly, it is private time with God. Just you and Him & nobody else!
© 1996 by Julia M. Faulkner, Sonshine Publications