When you come to God with a posture of thanksgiving, you surpass your own needs and see the character of God; a loving and gracious savior. Setting a foundation of thankfulness creates in you a reliance on God, centering your heart upon His grace, joy, and providence. It is in the moments of gratitude that you are able to surrender yourself to deeper relation with Him.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Through the person of Jesus, you are able to have unlimited access to your creator. Being in communion with God is something you can celebrate and share. It is through prayers of intercession that you are able to bring the people you know to the God we love, surrendering them to the loving care of our Lord and Savior.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people… This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
- 1 Timothy 2:1,3–4
The perspective you have of God will shape and determine the prayers that you pray. The larger the view of God that you hold, the more adventurous your prayers will be. While the same could be true, that your prayers are small because you have forgotten who God really is. We're shifting our perspective to see our Savior in light of the character and nature of a God who can do anything.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,.."
- Ephesians 3:20
The power of prayer deepens our dependence on God and sharpens our faith. When we pray we choose to put everything in God’s hands knowing that His hand will show up in every aspect of our lives and in those around us.
The act of prayer is what creates our intimacy with God. We can practice the spiritual habit of prayer knowing that our requests go to a God who hears us and who invites us to be intimately involved in His plan. For this reason, we pray in confidence knowing that our prayers are powerful and can bring about deeper communion with our father.
There are no levels to prayer. We can enter prayer with a posture of trust, openness, and faith, believing that God can do far more than we could even ask or imagine. It’s not about our circumstances, it’s about our heart stance.
Praise God for who he is and for the place he holds in your life. Thank him for all he has done. Lord, I lift your name on high for all you have done for me. I give you praise for your goodness and mercy that pursues me.
Reflect on the challenges God has brought you through. Acknowledge where you are now would not have been possible without his hand on your life. God, taking the time to look back on everything you have done, I realize you have been with me all along.
Thank God for His forgiveness of sins and freedom from your debt. Make your requests known to Him. Present the needs of others and yourself. Father, thank you for forgiving me for my sins and for freeing me of my debt. I ask you to surround my family in your love. I pray that you give me wisdom and strength.
Yearn for God's presence. Acknowledge that without him, you could do nothing. His presence sustains, carries, and uplifts you, and reminds you of your identity. Lord, I yearn for you! I need you more than anything else. With you, anything is possible.
3 tips to help you
Make The Most Out of Prayer
1. Prayer Doesn’t Require Anything Special
There is no length requirement to how long you pray, specific words you must say, amount of worship music you need to listen to, or verses you need to recite. Prayer is as easy as talking to God, wherever you are and for whatever reason.
2. Set An Alarm
If you have a hard time making space in your day to pray, set an alarm to take a moment or two to pray.
3. God Wants to Hear About Everything
Don’t edit your prayers! God isn’t intimidated, annoyed, or put off by what you’re going through! You can bring anything to Him!
Fasting is the ancient practice of choosing to abstain from food for a certain period of time. It is a spiritual discipline, the purpose of which is training to become more like Jesus. The motivation of our fasting is to draw closer to the heart of God. Fasting is a Christian discipline to break the power of the flesh in our life – our desires, sins, and cravings – and to feed on the Holy Spirit.
“Fasting helps us to express, to deepen, and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain the Kingdom of God.” - Scot McKnight.
In summary, fasting is not about getting something from God but it is about getting to God; creating space to commune with our Heavenly Father.
There are different types of fasting, and we recommend prayerfully considering which practice is best for you at this time.
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