Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Do you have a quiet time reserved each day for prayer? Or, do you pray throughout the day as people and situations come to mind?
Do your prayers sound formal? Or, are they more like relaxed, loving conversations with God?
For whom do you pray? For family? Friends? Co-workers? Your pastor?
Do you take time to pray for yourself? Yes! You heard me right.
Do you take time to pray for yourself?
In her inspirational book, Praying God's Word for Your Life, Kathi Lipp tells of her own struggles with learning to pray for her own needs, concerns, and worries. She testifies to the power of prayer and to the grace of God who longs to have a relationship with us. A God who wants us to turn to Him first, in good times and in bad.
A God who answers prayers.
Each chapter of this book contains anecdotes from Kathi's life or a friend's experience, describing situations which called for prayer. These are followed by scripture readings, prayers to offer, and practical steps that will help the newbie Christian or the seasoned prayer warrior breathe new life into the practice of prayer. Every category is specific. While I won't list them all here, these are some which especially spoke to my heart: When Your Overwhelmed; When You're Worried; Your Relationships with Others; Your Relationship with God, Your Hope in Christ.
As many of you know, our family is experiencing much pain and sorrow as my father's health is fast deteriorating. Yes, I am overwhelmed! Following Kathi's suggestion to feel free to turn to any section which applies to our current circumstances, I head right on over to that particular chapter.
Oh, what incredible peace I feel after reading the scriptures and prayers! Prayers whose words slipped from eye to heart to God as if they are my own. They become my own. And, I find myself standing in the very presence of our loving, gracious, understanding Lord.
Praying God's Word for Your Life is a book I cannot recommend highly enough. Just like the Bible is never a one-time read, Kathi's book will speak to you again and again, no matter where you find yourself on life's journey. I hope you will do yourself a huge favor and order it here.
And, until it arrives, my friends, pray for others, but don't forget to pray for yourself!
How would you describe your prayer life?
Will you pray with me?