What a gift God has given us in prayer!

"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:11-12

Whether you pray on your knees in solitude, have a running dialogue with God throughout the day, use a prayer book or pray the Scriptures isn't the issue. The hardest part is just doing it. Starting the conversation - and listening to God's still small voice.

So, when is the last time you prayed for your husband, your pastor? ...and I mean really prayed?

When is the last time you prayed for your heart and mind?

If you've never read Stormie Omartian's books, they are great resources for thought-provoking insights, scriptural encouragement and actual prayers.

"Power of a Praying Woman"
"Power of a Praying Wife"
"Power of a Praying Parent"

One of my husband's favorite prayer practices is working through John 17 - the prayers of Jesus. Others I know pray portions of Scripture - especially the Psalms - to pray for themselves or on behalf of others. Here's a few verses that may be a great start to praying the Scripture.

Psalm 139
Galatians 6:9-10
Ephesians 3:14-20
Psalm 25:1-2
1 Samuel 2:1-2
Ephesians 3:14-16
Daniel 4:3
2 Chronicles 14:11a
1 Kings 3:9a

One of my prayers for you today is found in Romans 15:13 - "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Every day is a new opportunity to begin the conversation. With every heart beat we can continue the conversation

...and in the busyness of life we must unplug, refocus and listen to the conversation. "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10


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