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Living a life of prayer-Part II

Prayer is important in the life of every Christian. Leading a prayerful life keeps us closer to God. The Lord’s Prayer (i.e. the Our Father), is known by all Christians and can be one guide to leading a prayerful life. You need to realise that Jesus Christ is to be worshipped and revered and held in high esteem in your life. One must also remember that it is Jesus who takes care of our daily needs in life. You should also realise that Jesus can keep us free from all temptations and help us overcome them. For leading a prayerful life you must trust God for all these things.

Leading such kind of life may also involve helping other people in need. This task can be performed in different ways. Any act or task that helps you to focus on God is a part of leading a life of prayer. This may include a simple act of enjoying nature. Praying at least three times a day is also important. At these times, with God, it is important to not let anything interrupt your time with Him. This may include something like ignoring the phone when it rings or watching television. In your prayer life it is important not to let obstacles hinder you. Some obstacles which you may encounter are that God may ask you to perform something which you don’t want to do. If you encounter hurdles in your prayer life, it may be helpful to include these aspects in your prayers too.

We should take everything to God in prayer. The sacred book gives us many examples of God’s people taking their concerns to Him in prayer. It tells us how Moses was obedient to God and how he followed the instructions of Lord. He was always seeking God’s direction in leading the people of God into the wilderness. Moses led the people with confidence because he knew from where their help came. A life filled with prayer will be a life lived in obedience to God and His Word. You were created for fellowship with the Supreme Being and prayer is the avenue you use to converse with God. In 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5, Verse 17, God commands you to pray without ceasing.

You may ask how you can do this; you can always stay in an attitude of prayer. When the Holy Spirit prompts you to pray for someone or something, then you are ready to lift it to the Lord no matter what time of the day it is. Living a life of prayer changes the believer; you become more aware of God and His influence on your life and the lives of others. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Jubel D’Cruz

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