Monday, May 27, 2013

Prayerlessness

Okay, I'll admit it, I suffer from prayerlessness. It is something I am working on every day, as I know prayer can ultimately help me grow in my walk with the Lord.

Why do I suffer from prayerlessness?
Here are two main reasons:
1. When I sin, I am either too ashamed or too stubborn to approach the throne of God.
2. When I do pray I have the fear that I am praying the wrong way.

What is the right way to pray? As women's author and speaker Elizabeth George wrote, "There is no right or wrong way to pray...except not to pray!" Therefore I should not let my thoughts that I am praying the wrong way stop me from praying.

In my previous post on thankfulness I mentioned the helpful acronym ACTS:
Adoration
Confession
Thanksgiving
Supplication
When it comes to prayer I should keep the above four things in mind.

Before I end off I want to discuss what the Bible has to say about prayer. Firstly, it tells me I should pray for anything (within reason), and I should believe what I am praying! (Mark 11:24; John 14:13-14). Secondly, I should pray with boldness and confidence because of my faith in Christ (Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16). Thirdly, I should pray at all times (Ephesians 6:18). Fourthly, I should make my requests known to God and I should not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6)! Lastly, I should pray for others (James 5:16).

These verses and commands from Scripture have and will aid me in my life dedicated to prayer.

Keep Praying

Janelle