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May the Lord fill your life with the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

If God is not first in your life, then something else is (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 6:24, 33; 10:32-38, Mark 8:34, Luke 11:23, 1 John 5:21).

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Holy Spirit
"Never stop praying." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Praying should not only be a daily routine, but a routine done frequently throughout the day (Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, James 5:13-18)! Furthermore, not only should we be praying for ourselves, but also for others (which is called "intercessory prayer"). John 17 is the intercessory prayer of Jesus for us! As with any relationship, communication must exist. So, if we want to have a full, complete relationship with the Lord we must be prayerful every moment possible. God knows what we are thinking, what we did wrong, or what we need. He doesn't need us to ask, but he wants us too! He wants us to make the choice for Him and to always seek His guidance and strength. Talk with Him throughout the day and every day with unwaivering faith (Mark 11:23-24, Hebrews 11:6, James 1:6-7), love and obedience (Galatians 5:6, 1 John 3:22, 1 John 5:14-15). These three things are key for answered prayers. Take on the habits of asking Him what you need before you make a decision. Consult with His wisdom and His knowledge beforehand.
The most important aspect of praying, however, is how we pray (Ephesians 6:18). The perfect example of prayer was given to us by Jesus (Matthew 6:7-13, Luke 11:2-4), which He then reminds us to never stop (Luke 11:5-13)! Moreover, 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." The enemy is indeed cunning, deceitful and very much on the prowl. He wants all of us to believe that prayer is neither worthy nor worthwhile. In fact, prayer is the greatest adversary of Satan because of God's grace given to us through proper prayer. W. Clyde Martin, minister and Editor of The Prayer Life Online Magazine, wrote an effective article about "How To Overcome Satan, The Enemy Of Prayer." Given our secular cultural climate, there's no wonder why prayer has been both diluted and virtually removed.
When we pray, it is important to understand that God knows our needs and the time in which they will be provided. As humans living in a world full of instant gratification (cell phones, microwaves, DVD movies, iPods, etc), we often become impatient and feel as if God is not answering our prayers or simply doesn't care... almost like what Elijah was mocking about with Baal (1 Kings 18). This is absolutely wrong and exactly what the Devil wants us to believe. We simply have to ask and patiently wait (Psalm 27:14, Lamentations 3:25-26, Romans 12:12). More importantly, stop trying to assign human attributes and emotions to His efforts. There is nothing more vile than trying to create God in our own image. Remember, He created us in His image. His powers and knowledge are far, far, far greater than we can ever imagine and understand, and that is exactly why we need to go to Him in faith and ask anything in Jesus' name (John 14:14, 15:7, 16:23-24).




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Created Monday, January 21, 2008