When You Pray

When You Pray

We often hear and read about prayer, especially when it comes at the New Year or the month of January. So what is going to happen after the 21 days or month is up? Will you or your church still have the same fervency for the rest of the year? Or was this just some ritualistic duty and the goal has been reached?

There are different aspects of prayer when praying to the Lord. Individual and corporate prayer in a group setting etc. Jesus admonishes and reminds us to be active in prayer for our life. “When you pray”

Prayer is a lifestyle and not necessarily an event. The religious leaders were all for show in Jesus’ day and he rebuked their hypocrisy. God doesn’t want us to brag about praying, but to be intimate with him on a personal level on a daily basis.

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.( Matthew 6:6 NLT)
This is how we grow on a personal level but the key is to spend time with God.

Do we really know how to pray?

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. (Matthew 6). This is a sign of humility to learn from him because they didn’t know it all and needed help to grow spiritually.

I find in my own life that the more time I spend with the Lord, the more I learn about Him and myself. Too often the temptation is to ‘come and get’ from God, but I have learned to talk with God and listen not asking for anything; but to be reminded of His unconditional love.

Self Discipline is a key to praying because it is not always easy. Our flesh or carnal nature wants nothing to do with God’s Spirit.

Motive is another key in prayer. Ask the Lord what is my motive?

Faith is the other key because without faith it is impossible to please God.. Heb. 11:6
But notice that faith is the substance of thing hoped for, the evidence of things yet seen.

Have a great day my friend and keep plowing through in prayer this year!

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Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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