WORRY LESS, PRAY MORE

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A lot of people talk about prayers but never pray and a lot of people even wonder why we should pray when Jesus finished all the work on the cross. When we do not know what prayer is we may not find it needful to pray.
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Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7).
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I believe a brief summary of the above verse would read “worry about nothing; pray about everything.” We pray about everything because we have a father who knows what we need. The Bible says “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” – Matthew 6:31-32
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While the unbelievers worry about everything, we worry about nothing because we have a father, we have submitted to a father and by our submission we have accepted what He has already done for us. Praying out of anxiety means praying in carnality, it means our prayers are being propelled by our fears. The man of faith comes to the throne of grace with boldness. In the face of challenges he has confidence in God and this confidence gets him into prayers. The Psalmist says “even though I walk through the valleys of shadows of death, I shall fear no evil for the Lord is with me”, his confidence is in God who is with him. How much more us who have God inside of us. He was saying, I am not anxious about the situations I find myself in, my confidence is that God is with me.
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We pray about Everything. Yes, God wants us to talk with Him about everything. How often should we pray? The bible says we “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). There has to be a constant communication with God, our father.
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A lot of times, we carry complications into prayers. Prayers aren’t meant to be a hard stuff, it is our way of communication with God and it’s our way of making the power inside of us available to a greater degree. When we pray, God’s presence is enjoyed and in the place of prayer we can thank God, make requests, seek wisdom and guidance.
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God, in His goodness wants us to trust Him. When we pray, we are saying in essence “Not my will, but your will be done.” When we pray, we are aligning ourselves with God’s will. (1 John 5:14–15; James 4:3). The Bible says “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16. The effectiveness of the prayer of the righteous is based on what God has already done. The righteous is a believer and not necessarily someone who keeps all the rules and the righteousness of the believer arises from what Jesus did and therefore when a believer prays, it is a prayer of the righteous. When a believer prays, power is effectively caused to manifest.
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We do not pray for selfish reasons, we shouldn’t be driven by self to pray. Our desires ought to center around God’s will for our lives. The Bible says we shouldn’t walk in the flesh else we gratify it’s desires. The flesh is weak and the flesh cannot desire to do what is right. One of the ways walking in the flesh manifests itself is in gross selfishness which is another hindrance to effective prayer.
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When our prayers are selfishly motivated and we ask God for what we want rather than for what He wants, our motives hinder our prayers. If we pray for what God want, why still pray? We pray because God needs our agreement with Him, He doesn’t force things to us. Concerning this, the Bible says “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14). Asking according to God’s will is the same as asking in submission to whatever His will may be. We may not know yet what His will concerning a certain situation is but when we are praying in total submission, believing and trusting whatever His will would be, we are praying according to His will. Jesus showed us how to pray in this regard by praying thus “Yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42).
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Selfish prayers are usually those prayers we pray with intent for our personal desires alone to be met and nothing more than that. The Bible says “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
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I am not going to be expounding deeply on kinds of prayers here, this is just an encouragement to get you to pray. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7 that we should cast all out anxieties upon God because He cares for us. God is concerned about everything, He wants us to tell Him everything! It doesn’t matter the simplicity or the complexity of that issue, God wants to know about it. It’s not like He doesn’t know but He needs your permission sometimes. Have any worries? Rather than keep dying silently, why not pray?
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God bless you.
#GracefulGeorge

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