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  • God as Father and Our Prayer

     When you listen to believers talk about the Christian life there is a common theme: prayer is important and difficult. This is not a new phenomenon, even the earliest disciples requested some classes on prayer (Luke 11:1). Therefore, it is encouraging and instructive to hear Jesus' teaching on how to pray from what is called "The Lord's Prayer."

    What is interesting to me is the way he begins: "Our Father..." (Matthew 6:9). In this Jesus calls us to the family room for a conversation with our heavenly Father. Before we go further, however, it is important, even imperative to acknowledge and overcome a major obstacle that this opening presents.

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  • Do You Pray?

     "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."  -Luke 11:9, NIV

    Do you pray? 

    J.C. Ryle, a prominent Anglican clergyman in 19th-century Britain, said that there is no duty in religion so neglected as private prayer. I'm sure that many of us would agree; of all the spiritual disciplines, prayer is often the hardest habit to form and one that is most quickly broken. However, we should strive to pray regularly, because prayer is incredibly important.

    Here are 5 of Ryle's reasons for why prayer is such a crucial habit for you to establish:

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  • How to Start Living to the Fullest

     Do you feel spiritually stuck? The sense that something is blocking you from experiencing the abundant life God wants you to live can be frustrating and discouraging. But the keys to creating a forward momentum in your life aren’t hard to discover – they’re each part of the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples.

    When you apply the principles within the Matthew 6:9-13  they can help you get unstuck and move forward into the life God intends for you, so you can reach your fullest potential. Here’s how you can start living to the fullest:

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  • Tapping into the Power of Prayer

     In Acts chapter 12, we read a great story of how God changed the course of history when His people prayed: 

    About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

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  • I Will Not Fear, For the Lord is With Me

     It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
    --Deuteronomy 31:8

    Fear is a universal problem. It hits us like a wave, threatening a menacing undertow. Scripture identifies the overwhelming emotion of fear almost 1000 times with words like fear (441 times), afraid (167 times), tremble (101 times), terror or terrified (121 times), as well as, dread, frighten, and faint. God's Word provides solutions for healing and hope from the deluge; the most common exhortations from God Himself are: Fear not, (33 times), Do not fear (37 times) and Do not be afraid (33 times).

     

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  • How to Pray with God's Power

     If your life is anything like mine, it is pressure-packed.  It is full of stress, illness, pain, disappointment...all sorts of things that can weigh you down. 

    And when life is filled with these kinds of tensions, prayer can often seem like a real chore...something you know you should be doing, but never get around to! 

    The fact is, finding the time to pray is hard work.  There is something within us...a weakness...that makes it difficult.  At times it is difficult to know what to pray.  At other times, you just don't know what to say.  And then there are times when you just don't feel like praying at all!

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