Romans 8:39 NLT
“No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
A few weeks ago my husband and I were asked to take over the children’s ministry. I must say it was rather a big surprise for us both to be considered yet felt a lot of joy to be able to do more work for God.
The past few weeks I have spent less time on my blogging and devotional materials because I have spent more time preparing for my lessons.
I am sorry for no updated messages or words of encouragement. I will try my best to incorporate some of my lessons here as well as put up as many devotionals as I can.
When we were introduced to the kids as their new teacher, the lesson for that specific day was prayer. Why do pray? Who do we pray for ? How do we pray? What do we pray about? And why is prayer important?
We saw how the kids engaged in this subject, asked questions, New the answers to some. It was a good preparation to what is to come.
We asked the teacher what were the kids doing as far as their lesson because we didn’t want to start something new if they had already began something else.
She said they just briefly scratched the surface of chapter 1 of Nehemiah.
A light bulb went off, we just finished the Nehemiah lesson in our adult Bible study. My husband is learning more about the Bible. This is perfect. We said we will continue Nehemiah. For two reasons. 1- we didn’t want to take the kids off course on something they just started. 2- the lessons of some of the things we learned were still fresh so we will be able to teach them efficiently.
Nehemiah is a man who prays often.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Paul reminds us all to pray without ceasing. No matter what we do, no matter where we are we are to never stop praying. Prayers are our open channel of communication with God. Prayers are very intimate. We pray for our loved ones, our friends, our leadership, our pastors, our work, the sick, the elderly, our struggles, our desires, we pray for forgiveness for our sins, we Thank the lord for our blessings and we keep it as real as possible. Prayer is our heart pouring out it’s wants, love, gratitude, desires, thanks and praise to the Lord. I don’t think there is anyone we ever get this intimate with. He knows it all, no one, absolutely no one knows us better than he does.
A few weeks before we started this journey to teach, I have been reading about prayer. Between our lessons, my devotional and additional help. Prayer has been in my mind.
I wanted to share this devotional I found in my bible app. It’s a three part devotional.
The devotional plan is called ‘Teach Us To Pray’ by Rob White. Check it out here:
So here is day 1 of White’s plan:
Prayer can be showy. You’ve probably been in prayer gatherings where someone prays a long prayer using flowery language. Prayer is not entertainment; it’s a time of fellowship with God.
I know you can pray anywhere but there is something about having a place where we pray regularly. As I grew in my new-found zeal for prayer I began to find myself really looking forward to my prayer times sensing I was really meeting with the Father. The room in which I prayed became synonymous with those times and I would go to the room expectant that I was going to meet with God. The result was that I approached my personal prayer times with faith.
Praying for a long time, using many words or repetition doesn’t mean we are more likely to get God’s attention. I really don’t know why we feel that God will hear us more clearly like that. This Scripture makes it clear that it’s not about words, length or repetition, because God knows anyway. It’s about quality—the right heart attitude, concentrating on what we’re doing, trying to live a life that doesn’t contradict our prayer life—not quantity.
Let me explain 3D praying to you. The three Ds stand for Desire, Discipline and Delight. First, and you cannot bypass this starting point, there needs to be Desire. Desire to be a person of prayer. Without that desire, nothing will ever change. You can’t force the desire, but you can ask God to plant that in you by his Spirit.
Second, it requires Discipline. Actually, you could double the D and make it daily discipline. This is the hard part, as you’ve probably already discovered. But I want to assure you that as you face the discipline it gets a lot easier; you’ll find the third D eases it considerably.
The third D is Delight. Yes, truly prayer has become a delight for me: spending time with the Father, opening up my life with its ups and downs, hearing what he has to say to me. What’s not to like! That means that I can look forward to praying; making my way towards the place where I usually pray I’m actually expectant that I’ll meet God during that time. What a change! It’s delightful.
Associated scriptures from the Plan:
Matthew 6:5-8 NLT:
“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
1 John 5:3 NLT:
“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.”
Luke 11:1 NLT:
“Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.””
Mr. White mentions his 3ds of prayer, Desire, Discipline and Delight.
We have to desire this with all our might. We need to be disciplined in our prayers so that we are not rambling away. We need to take delight in praying to God. We need to want it, have that passion and fire for prayer, we need to be disciplined in our time with God but in what we speak to God about. We need to enjoy our time with God. It’s the most precious time of our time with him.
Father God I thank you for the wonderful blessings you have bestowed in my life. I know I am undeserving of these blessings, but you have blessed me none the less. You have shown me love, kindness, mercy and forgives. Lord I know many like myself have this passion and desire to spend more time with you in prayer. The person reading this might need your help in their desires. I am asking to intercede for them so they can desire praying with you. Discipline is an important factor in praying dear lord, we need to take our prayers with you seriously for this is very intimate as well. I am asking to intercede for those whom need more discipline in their prayers with you, may your words guide them with the discipline they need to pray with you. Lord I take delight in praying to you. I take delight in our time. This comes with both desire and discipline in ones prayer. May everyone found the delight passion and joy that prayer gives. Amen.