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2020 The Year of Prayer

Prayerful…

That is the word I feel that God has laid on my heart as we close out this last day of 2019.

But what exactly does prayerful mean and what does a prayerful life look like, I ask myself…

Prayerful; adjective

  1. (of an action or event) characterized by or expressive of prayer.”prayerful self-examination”
    • (of a person) given to praying; devout.

After the busyness of the end of the year and the holidays, my prayer life is suffering. I feel a loss, an emptiness, an unmet need in my close connection with my one true Father. I feel someting has been neglected, and I feel a deep desire to stenghten that weak connection.

When I stop intentionally connecting to the God who loves me and the Father who wants desperately to hear from me, I stop opening my heart to the wisdom and guidance that God provides

For a life without prayer is like a life without speech, and without prayer, my voice is inaudible and my soul suffers without spiritual nurturing.

But Jesus himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16

Jesus prayed when he needed rest or refreshment and he is the holiest example of a perfectly lived life. By tapping into God’s supernatural power, we are given purpose and spiritual eyes that reflect God’s design for us

And prayer… is just the beginning, to a life lived following the example of in an incarnate God, who came as a man, to lead a perfect life

Without prayer, how can we know which path to take, what is right and what is wrong, what is intended and what is not, what is the Will of God compared to our own personal Will?

You see… prayer gives us these answers. Prayer nestles peace and reassurance deep within the recesses of our soul. Prayer heals, prayer calms and prayer directs.

Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us. And while I can spend time doing all of the Christian things, nothing is meaningful without a deep prayerful connection with God-fed by a life that leans on prayer as it’s bedrock. There is nothing more pleasing to our Father, than bringing our hearts and our minds, in thanks and in supplication–to the feet of Jesus

When we are intentional with our prayer, we carve out the time and remove the distractions, to be alone with God. By bringing our prayerful words to Jesus, we bring our humbled hearts to Jesus and this offering provides the opportunity for him to transform our hearts.

Prayer in my daily life is like the concrete foundation to any house. Without it…there is not stability to the structure.

And when our hearts are transformed…our words and actions toward others become full of love and life and can become trans formative to others, as the light of Jesus shines through.

By devoting our life to prayer, we grow in intimate connection with our Creator, as our hearts are aligned with God.

So this year…in 2020, I commit to be intentional in my prayer life. While others make time and put focus on their physical health resolutions, I’ll make time for my heart health that is strengthened by a life of intentional prayer, as we enter into this new year.

Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

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