Text: Carl Grinde Date: March 15 2019
Updated June 24 2019
Growing in prayer under God's care
What is needed to get prayer into a habit? For me prayer is a lifestyle where the faith in God is the life nerve itself in the fellowship with God when I spend time with him, honor his name, and pay attention to him, thank him, rejoice in him, ask him for advice, ask for protection and help.
It feels like God has stepped into my life, appeared to me in everyday life, and when his existence becomes apparent to one, one becomes motivated to pray to him, honor him. He wants our attention, our freindship and praise. He's worth it. He has created everything. He also wants to give us eternal life in fellowship with him. Wow!
God is one, yet three persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son - Messiah, and the Holy Spirit. It is God, the Triune God.
Of course, if one has a family, one's time is limited, but usually we have time for TV, mobile etc. so then there should also be time for prayer.
Then one can have a constant prayer within God in the heart, in the thought. Sometimes you just want to be quiet in silence before God and think of him.
But God has given us a mouth and ability to speak and probably He wants us to use our mouth to talk to Him, praise Him, pray to Him.
I pray to God about four, five hours a day now, it has developed over the last 5 years. I pray one hour in the morning. Then I pray for two hours at lunch prayer between 11:20-13:20, evening prayer is just over an hour long 20:20-21:40 plus a short good night prayer about 2 minutes just before I sleep. It is very much the same word when I express my gratitude to God and Jesus. I thank Jesus for a little bit of everything, I ask for personal protection, pray for others' blessings/protection/healing etc. It happens from time to time that I fall a sleep a little, especially during lunch prayer. The other day I fell off the chair I was sitting on when I prayed and fell asleep. It felt embarrassing. I was at a friend's house when it happened and afterwards he shouted at me and woke me up at two occasions when he heard that I became silent.
The last few months I have been praying for an hour in the middle of the night so that can explain why I get a little tired .. It feels like God has wanted that extra prayer hour when he has woke me up. But tonight it was not so.
One become motivated to pray when God touches you, touches one's life, and that he has done for me. Moreover, the more one give to God of one's life the more God gives back to one's self. Think about if you are invited to dinner. If you eat snacks and other good treats just before you shall meet then you are not very hungry at the time for dinner. Anyone who has prepared a fine dinner and made an effort will then probably be disappointed because the guest is already satisfied and does not eat much of what have been cooked. I have looked at very many sermons on youtube and those who live in a close relationship with God say that a key is "desperation" or hunger. Watch here at 14:00 and ahead.
That is, you really ask and long for God with all of your heart.
Then you should not already be spiritually satisfied of other things, of worldly things. And that's what is often our problem today. We are spiritually saturated with anything but God. We have our minds focused on everything that streams towards us in the media buzz, television, internet, social media, apps, games, video clips, newspapers and all other everyday concerns. Moreover, our everyday consumption makes us even more saturable. .. Okay of course you can enjoy life but as said, a key to approaching God seems to be making space, giving space and removing much else. God doesn't want to be an "extra thing". He wants to be our all. I often feel touches from God, dreams, etc. and it feels great. So how to get a prayer routine? Try a specific time. Why not? We keep time for so much else every day. Why couldn't God have his own time? A time that one keeps holy, as he is holy.
My life is not perfect, it can feel heavy and lonely sometimes, but I have a hope and a joy in Jesus, I believe in Him and it is amazing.
Absolutely amazing! God exists. He has created everything. He has created us, he loves us.
There are different ways of expressing faith in God. Everyone does not do the same. If the faith in God is genuine, the life of a believer becomes a living testimony to others.
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
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