broken but not crushed

Helping each other live successfully and abundantly in the face of brokenness.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Practical suggestions

Dear Fellow Travelers,

How are you doing out there in blogland? Are you keeping up with things or do you find yourself in a rush but not quite getting everything done?

Sadly, one of the first things to be dropped by the wayside when our lives get really busy is our private time with the Lord. Because we quite often can’t see immediate results we tend to make trade offs – we trade important things for urgent and we trade the permanent for the temporary. It is a natural phenomenon, but that doesn’t make it very smart, now does it.

The problem is, though, that if we don’t keep at it, our prayers become shallow, selfish, and ineffective. Do you want a powerful prayer life? I know I do, so here are some practical truths and some suggestions for having an effective prayer life - and note, they are all based on God’s Word!

1. The length of the prayer does not determine its value. (Matthew 6:7)

2. Effective prayers come from a humble heart. (Luke 18: 9-14)

3. Be specific. God wants to grant the desires of your heart. (Psalm 20:4)

4. Ask according to God’s will and his Word. (James 4:3 and 1 John 5:14)

5. Pray in faith and with thanksgiving. (Philippians 4:6)

6. Don’t give up! Persevere in prayer. (Luke 11:5-10)

Well, give these thoughts a try and see if they improve the effectiveness of your time with God. If the Bible is true – and it is – then you should be on your way to powerful praying!

Keep up the good work,


Blogger hennhouse said...

Thanks (again), Dad. It is almost like you're sitting in the corner of my mind and writing about exactly what I've been wondering, praying, struggling, or thinking. I love the new, shorter format, and the scripture references are awesome. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I know how hard it can be for you sometimes. Love you.


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