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Spiritual Disciplines Part II


Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (NKJV)

We are looking at a six part devotional series titled, Spiritual Disciplines. We’ve learned that we will have a propensity to repeat our mistakes within our Christian walk until we implement “spiritual disciplines” into our life—disciplines that will help us to stay focused on God and His Word. In addition to these disciplines, we must purpose in our heart to be filled daily with the Spirit of God (Eph 5:18). Once we have learned these principles, we can implement them to ensure an effective Christian life that brings honor to God and edifies those around us.

In Part II of this series we will begin to look at our 1st spiritual discipline, which is:

·      Prayer

The first thing we need to know about prayer is, it is the way in which we communicate with God, and it is one of the primary methods God chose to communicate with us. Prayer is as important to us as a space suit to an astronaut—as it sustains us in our spiritual life. We should be praying about everything, all the time. We’re actually told to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).

The second essential thing for us to remember when seeking to have a healthy prayer life is for us to understand how prayer should work.  When we pray, we are not trying to get God to move in our direction—we should always be moving towards what He will’s for the situation we are seeking Him in prayer over.

The third thing we should realize about prayer is it can be done anywhere, anytime, in any situation. We can do it while sitting, standing, or lying down. We can pray with our eyes open, or closed; we can do it out loud, or quietly—it doesn’t matter. Prayer shouldn’t be a last resort either, but should be spirit led and from our heart.

As we learn to be disciplined in our prayer life, we should be using prayer as a first line of action. We should start every day in prayer as we come into the presence of God to seek His will for our day. It’s how we gain access to God’s power to enable us to accomplish what He has asked of us. It doesn’t matter if we have great words to articulate our needs before the Lord, because He already knows what we need, long before asking Him. He is more concerned with our reasons for asking.

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:7-8 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with regard to prayer according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you praying continuously about everything? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek God in prayer continuously—as you start your day, when you read your Bible, or as you are contemplating making your decisions.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, I would like to praise You for being who You are. Father, I confess I need your guidance and power. Thank Your for helping me to choose correctly. I seek You this day and ask for Your hedge of protection upon my life, and for your guidance in wisdom and discernment so I can choose wisely. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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