The Discipline of Prayer

“Of all the spiritual disciplines, prayer is the most central because it is ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.

- Meditation introduces us to the inner life

- Fasting is an accompanying means

- Study transforms our minds

But it is the discipline of prayer that brings us into the deepest and highest work of the human spirit.”

“Real prayer is life creating and life changing”

“To pray, is to change”

Prayer is what truly transforms us.

If we feel we don’t have time to pray, that there is too much on the table to do then we must in fact make more time to pray! More to do = more time needed in prayer. This is where we have always got it wrong!

It’s not so much the quantity, although, the quantity of time we give to prayer will directly impact the dividends of effectual prayers. It is also not so much the quality, however we must continually LEARN to pray.

What we must do is… pray. Whether we know “how to pray” or not, the practice and purpose of prayer aligns us with and puts us in touch with who God is. When we begin to find ourselves in prayer about what matters to God rather than what matters to us then we can be assured we are in deed praying, the first evidence is that we are changing.

Selfish or self centered prayers, scripted recipe prayers, and prayers that attempt to “manipulate” God are not actually prayers. They are our futile attempt of projection to get our way in our way.

Prayers that become more silent and hear Gods voice and then in turn echo His voice are indeed the heart of prayer.

We should not ask what we want in prayer but ask what God wants. In fact we should ask God how He wants us to pray and what we should pray for or towards in any particular situation.

Let God be true and every man a liar!

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