Prayer Is A Privilege

Prayer is a privilege God grants us.

He invites us to come to him at all times and in all situations. As we pray, we also need to listen. God longs to hear from us. To know and be known. Each prayer is an opportunity to know God, but in order to know him, we must also listen to him.

There are all kinds of prayers. There are prayers praising God for who he is and what he has done. There are prayers of deepest despair and petition.

There are prayers we memorize as children. There are prayers in which we vent our frustrations and yes, our complaints.

Prayer is a conversation. Not a one-way monolog. God wants to hear from us. He also wants us to hear from him. The only way we can do that is to stop talking and listen.

When we have conversations with those we cherish, don’t we listen to what they say in addition to them listening to what we say? Why then, do we often forget to listen to God when we pray?

Yes. Prayer is a privilege, but along with that privilege comes the responsibility to listen to God when he speaks to us.

How do you make sure you let your words be few, and listen when you pray?

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Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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365 Pocket Morning Prayers Book Review

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by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In the introduction to David R. Veerman’s latest book, 365 Pocket Morning Prayers, he says three important things about prayer. Prayer is a privilege. We are invited to come boldly to the throne of God. Prayer is personal. As a child of God we can talk with him about anything that concerns us. Prayer is powerful. The earnest prayer of the righteous has the power through the Holy Spirit to accomplish much.

This lovely book is small enough to fit into a pocket or purse. Hence the name. The imitation leather lends an expensive feel. The prayers are short in length to accommodate busy schedules, yet have the power to reach deep within and give truths to ponder.

Although not grouped topically, there is an index at the back of the book to help find a prayer and scripture to address a specific need, each designed to draw the reader closer to God.

The aim of this book of short prayers is for the reader to be inspired in their prayers, feel closer to God than ever before, and know how to put their faith into practice.

Sometimes we need to renew our trust in the fact God is in control. Beginning each day with one of these morning prayers and related scriptures, I believe, is a good way to start.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Prayer is a Privilege We Have Been Given

Prayer is one of the privileges I believe Christians have been given. Because of Jesus, we have the opportunity to approach the throne of the Holy God who spoke the world into being. We can come before the Righteous Judge with our requests and petitions for both ourselves and for others.

And you know what else? Others can bring their requests and petitions to the Father who gives good gifts and rescues on our behalf as well.

I’ve written numerous posts about prayer. One spoke of standing in the gap between God and others on their behalf. In a different post I mentioned what Max Lucado said one time about taking our problem to Jesus and leaving it there.

One thing I’ve mentioned is the fact we need to be prayed up ahead of time, and not wait until we are in need before we start to pray.

If we know a situation is coming up that will need prayer support, we should ask those around us to pray for the situation ahead of time.

I love the story of Daniel and how he refused to stop praying while in Babylonian captivity. He didn’t let man’s dictate keep him from doing what he knew God wanted him to do. He continued to pray three times a day.

We don’t have to have long eloquent prayers to be heard by God. Ann Lamot says there are three types of prayers. “Help.” “Thanks.” and “Wow!”

Whenever someone’s name or face floats through my brain I take that as a sign I need to stop whatever I’m doing and pray for that person. I don’t need to know the specifics of their situation. God knows what’s going on. He’ll handle the details.

Whenever my name or face floats through someone’s brain, I hope they stop whatever they are doing and say a prayer, or two, on my behalf.

Prayer is a privilege. Let’s not take it for granted.

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Listen, Lord, to my prayer; hear my cries for help. I call to you in times of trouble, because you answer my prayers. Psalm 86:6-7 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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