As Christians we learn from Jesus to make prayer a priority.
He often withdrew to lonely places to pray. (Luke 5:16)
He rose early in the morning and went to a solitary place to pray.
He reminds us that we should always pray and not give up
He entreated believers to call out to Him day and night (Luke 18:7)
He encourages us to not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving present our requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
He assures us that He hears and answers our prayers.
(Matt 7:7,8 Matt 21:22 John 16:23,24 John 15:7 1st John 5:14,15)
Our response should be ~ to be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. (1st Thessalonians 5:16-1)
Prayer can take a variety of forms; it might be done privately or with others, silent, or with words or song. Communication is essential for a healthy relationship with people and with God. Prayer is communicating with our Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer and Savior. Some prayers come spontaneously from deep within; others may be inspired by the Holy Spirit and others may be prayers that have been passed down over the millennia.
While I love to pray conversationally with God, I also appreciate the prayers of others. One of my favorites is the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis, a thirteenth century saint founded two religious orders; the Franciscan Order of monks and the Poor Clares, an order of nuns.
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The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Do you have any favorite prayers?