Prayer a simple five letter word that can take on such complex meaning. Whole sections of shelves dedicated to the subject matter can be found at Christian bookstores. Books teaching strategies for effective prayer are plenteous and I have read my fair share of them. Why? Because most of us know we have an open invitation to come unto the Father. It was His idea that we cast “all” our cares upon Him. But even with the divine permission to come and cast, far too many of us find ourselves feeling ill-equipped and have that uncertain feeling about are we doing it right. It’s those feelings of uncertainty that cause us to some times neglect the privilege of prayer. I’m convinced that some times we make prayer more complicated than it really needs to be.
Propel to Prayer
Yet there is some thing about trouble that teaches us how to hone our prayer skills. Hannah was one such woman that found herself under persistent pressure and provoking by her adversarial counterpart, Peninnah. Although Hannah had the love of her husband and was given extra portion there was still a sore spot in her heart due to her barrenness. And it was lack and irritation by outside forces that drove Hannah to pray with such intensity that the priest wrongly assumed she was drunk.
Are there places in your life that drive you to prayer? Whether it’s barren wombs, relationship, or souls, they each cry out to be fill. Rather than allowing the emptiness to lead us to complaining, how much better is it take our case before one that either change the situation or change the way we see the situation.
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- God can pick sense out of a confused prayer: Richard Sibbes (jeaninallhonesty.blogspot.com)
- The Throne of Grace (knittedtogetherbygod.com)
- What’s Wrong With Your Expectation? (swordofgoliath.blogspot.com)
- Daily Guide For Inspiration: Effective Prayer (awakenedlifenow.com)
- God answers Prayer (christiancorner1.wordpress.com)
- Prayer wrap up – we made it!! (incourage.me)