By CathyChung | | ,
And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him.
1 John 5:14 (NLT)
I just signed up to receive a daily email reminder to pray. Why? Because I forget.
A friend shared a family issue with me recently because she “knows I’m someone who prays often.” A response flashed through my mind: I should tell her I don’t pray as often as she thinks. I remained quiet, but resolved to honor her request (and I have). I’m just as distracted by my busy schedule as anyone else, so reminders to pray regularly are helpful.
By maintaining a rhythm of focused time with God we gain patience, kindness, and purpose. God hears our prayers and pours out fruits of the Spirit that we can’t manufacture by ourselves like joy, gentleness and self-control.
Our prayer time isn’t merely about asking for and receiving things from God. It’s about relationship. People in relationships hang out together. They share exciting news and things that hurt. They talk about issues that concern both of them and those that are important to the other person. Healthy relationships are two-sided.
Establishing a relationship with an invisible God is a little trickier. It’s easy to forget to stay in touch with God when the kids need breakfast, the dog needs a walk, the meeting starts in a few minutes, and this pace keeps up all day. So reminders to read scripture and pray are helpful.
We’re in this together, supporting one another in seeking a deeper relationship with God. (tweet this)
Do you sometimes forget to include God in your day?
Do you notice a difference after prayer time?
What helps you maintain this habit?
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Please make yourself comfortable and poke around. I’m excited to share Scripture with you because it’s how God tells us about Himself, expresses His unconditional love and offers guidance.
Spending time with Him in Scripture is a great way to know Him better and build a meaningful relationship. However, I sometimes need a nudge to read Scripture and appreciate receiving an email reminder. If you’re like me, please subscribe.
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Topics to Dig Into
Each post is a brief scriptural thought that will grow as you let it take root in your thoughts.
Or stay longer, dig into one area of interest and plant a whole garden.
Who is He?
What is God like? Who is this man Jesus?
How can we understand the Holy Spirit?
He Knows You
God's love is unconditional. He knows our hearts and continually invites us into relationship.
The Visible God
God is present and active in our lives, often working through people and 'coincidences'. Thank and praise Him!
Making it Practical
Following Jesus in today's world can be challenging. But living according to Jesus' teaching is incredibly worthwhile. Call it life-changing.
Learning about the culture and language of Bible times can reveal new meaning in familiar scriptures. Let's call them ah-ha moments.