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I apologize for any wonky formatting.  WordPress is misbehaving today 🙂  Enjoy!Intercessory prayer might be defined as loving our neighbour on our knees. Charles Bent

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Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. Corrie Ten Boom

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Anything large enough for a wish to light upon, is large enough to hang a prayer upon. George MacDonald
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As a people of faith, we know that prayer is a powerful instrument. And as one Nation under God, we know that many times our most powerful tool is prayer. Nick Rahall
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By my definition, prayer is consciously hanging out with God. Being with God in a deliberate way. Malcolm Boyd

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Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them. Mahalia Jackson

 

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For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. Saint Teresa

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Grudge no expense – yield to no opposition – forget fatigue – till, by the strength of prayer and sacrifice, the spirit of love shall have overcome . Maria Weston Chapman

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If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word – prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell. Charles Spurgeon

 

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In our home there was always prayer – aloud, proud and unapologetic. Lyndon B. Johnson

 

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In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words with out a heart. John Bunyan
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More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.   Tennyson
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A Scripture Resource on Prayer
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The Lord's Prayer (1886-1896) from the series ...

The Lord’s Prayer (1886-1896) from the series The Life of Christ, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God knows the need            Matthew 6:5-8

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How NOT to pray           Matthew 6:5, 7-8

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How To pray           Matthew 6:6; Matthew 6:9-13; Mark 11:25; James 1:5-6

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Pour out your heart in prayer            Psalm 62:7-8
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Pray without ceasing/continually           Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 18:1; Luke 21:34-36; Luke 22:40; Luke 22:46; Romans 12:10-12; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; I Thessalonians 5:17; I Timothy 2:8
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Praying for Others          Matthew 5:43-44; Luke 6:27-28; Ephesians 6:18; I Timothy 2:1-3; James 5:14-16; I John 5:16
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Praying in the Spirit          Jude 20
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The Prayer Faith and of a Righteous Man and of the upright           James 5:15, 16; Proverbs 15:8

Ten ways to love: Unceasing prayer

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4th on our list is:

4.  Pray without ceasing.   Colossians 1:9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

 

Ok, I get that, but how in the world do you pray without ceasing?  Don’t you have to sleep and do other things with your time?   Praying without ceasing is doable, but it is more of a heart attitude than a running prayer.  Prayer should never be out of your thoughts in one form or another.

 

One way to put this: 

Imagine walking with your significant other (or someone you love very much).  You may not be talking with your mouth, but you are constantly aware of that other person.  You reach over to touch them on occasion; you share observations as you go.  You are hyper-aware and know you can instantly have conversation with him or her.  Multiply that by more than you can imagine.

 

We are to be so aware of our Father, that we converse with Him all the time.  You become aware of a need — you talk to Him about it.  You see someone in trouble — you talk to God about it.   You notice a blessing – you thank God for it.  You get the point.  It is an intense, intertwined relationship with Him.  A relationship so deep, He is in your thoughts at all times.  Instead of worry — you pray.  Instead of trying to fix it — you pray.  Everything in your life revolves around Him.

 

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How this works for others is that we constantly pray for them.   My son once screamed at me to stop praying for him, because he knew prayers work.  I personally consider facebook (and other social venues) a ministry.

 

When you:

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“Praying Hands” (study for an Apostle figure of the “Heller” altar) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

see needs expressed — lift up the person/situation to God.

see people struggling with sin — lift up the person/situation to God.

a group has covenanted together  to pray for our country and leaders at least once a day.

posting only things that honor — praying for self and discernment to lead people to Him, not away.

pray for people having birthdays

as you read the blog posts you follow, lift up the person in prayer.

be known as a prayer so others will come to you when they have needs.

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You get the picture.  When we love someone — we pray for them.   When we pray for someone — we will begin to love them.

 

I hope this post makes sense, and I hope you show love by praying without ceasing.

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