Reflection Paper 2
For many people, prayer is an abstract experience or an escape valve. They pray – however they don’t see any answers. Why? Because they pray doubting their prayer will ever be heard by God. Despite the many times God has said in the Bible to ask, pray, call on Him and he will answer (Jeremiah 33:3), many Christians don’t have a prayer life. However, they attend church and even call themselves believers, but in reality they are as far from God as any unbeliever. To be a good reflection of Christ and see answers to our prayers, as followers of Jesus we must stay close to vine, so as branches we can produce the fruits of the spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness ,faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Prayer
So what is prayer? A dialogue between two people who love each other. Sharing one’s heart with God and listening to His heart. Prayer does not really change things; no, it changes us. Many believers say that they pray and then say things like, “I really don’t have a clear understanding of what is God will on my life right now.” Why do we see many believers so confused about their faith and overwhelmed with their everyday life? I believe the answer rests in the fact the when we pray we do all the talking and forget the fact the God always has something to say to us. Through the years, I have learned a few valuable lessons: to base every prayer on the Word; to apply my faith and refuse doubt and fear after I pray; and to give thanks to God, even if what I am asking for has not come to pass. How does this look? My husband is serving his fourth tour in Afghanistan. When he left, I asked God in prayer to teach me how to pray for my husband. He took me to Psalm 91, and throughout it said for me to insert my husband’s name (this was God instruction – after I finished praying and sat quietly in his presence). My husband called the other day to tell me thank you for praying...
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