Daily Discipline #7
By Colleen Donahue
"Thus says the Lord, 'Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the Lord."
Finding quicker, more efficient and productive methods of doing life's little tasks has been the means of revolutionizing cultures. Almost nothing has missed the scrutiny of scientists and engineers who have sought to make life easier and simpler by eliminating labor-intensive tasks.
For all the change, however, there is at least one thing that man has not been able to shorten or make "efficient". It still takes us as much time today to know another person. I'm not talking about casual acquaintances-- I'm talking about really knowing someone else. There are no shortcuts to time spent in expressing ideas, formulating opinions, coming to agreements, or sharing your deepest thoughts. It demands quality time-- i.e. regular, uninterrupted and relaxed-- where two people can relate together by both speaking and listening.
If you are among those who have a heart to know God, then you need to spend time with Him. God has no casual inquirers--- only diligent seekers. There are no shortcuts when it comes to spending quality time with God. Communication with God is called PRAYER.
Although many religious groups use the term "prayer", God has given us specific and direct insights from His Word on how to communicate with Him. The questions and verses I've listed about prayer are only a beginning but they can get you started on.....
COMMUNICATING WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER
Day 1- When did men first begin to pray?
Day 2- Who should pray?
1 Timothy 2:8 / Psalm 32:6
Day 3- Is prayer asking God for definite requests?
Matt.7:7-8,11 / John 16:24 / James 4:2
Day 4- Does God promise to hear our prayers?
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
Day 5 -Will God always answers our prayers?
John 15:7 / Luke 11:9 / Psalm 91:15 / Isaiah 65:24
Day 6- Is prayer ever refused?
Deuteronomy 3:26 / 2 Samuel 12: 15-23/ 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Day 7- Is prayer just a synonym for wishful, positive thinking?
Day 8- Is there any reason to join with others to pray?
Day 9- How long should our prayers be?
Ecclesiastes 5:2 / Matthew 6:7
Day 10- Are there physical positions that seem to be best for praying?
Genesis 24:26 / I Kings 8:54 / I Kings 18:42 / Matthew 26:39
Day 11- Where does real prayer take place?
Matthew 6:6 / Luke 6:12
Day 12- Is there a time when prayer should be offered?
Mark 1:35/ Psalm 55:17/ Psalm 88:1 / I Thessalonians 5:17
Day 13- Should we ever pray for physical needs that we have?
Matthews 6:11 / Genesis 28:20-21
Day 14- How often can we ask God for something we really want?
Day 15- Is prayer a command of God?
I Thessalonians 5:17 / Matthew 7:7/ Luke 18:1
Day 16- Can we be punished for not praying?
Day 17- How does God view the prayers of his children?
Revelations 5:8 / Revelations 8:3-4
Day 18- What are some of the conditions of successful prayer?
2 Chronicles 7:14
Day 19 -What are some of the conditions of successful prayer?
Day 20- What are some of the conditions of successful prayer?
Day 21- What are some of the conditions of successful prayer?
I John 3:22
Day 22- What role does the Holy Spirit play in our prayers?
Day 23 -What happens to our prayers if we are disobedient?
Deuteronomy 1:45/ I Samuel 14:37/ 28:6
Day 24- What does God do if we have "secret sin" in our heart?
Day 25- If we pray but then doubt that God will really hear or answer us what will happen to us?
Day 26- What happens if we pray with the wrong motives?
Day 27- How did God answer prayer for Moses?
Day 28- How did God answer prayer for Gideon?
Day 29- How did God answer prayer for Elijah?
I Kings 18:37-38
Day 30- How did God answer prayer for Samuel?
I Samuel 7:9-10
Day 31- How did God answer prayer for the Early Church?
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