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Keep Prayer Simple

You often hear people concerned whether they are praying correctly "am I praying long enough?", "is it best to pray in the morning or in the night?" The good news is that there is no real formula, and there is no right or wrong way.
Prayer does not have to be difficult.
Try to keep it simple.
Simple prayer is effective and it can ultimately bring power into your everyday life.
Here are a few examples from my own experience.
Firstly, you may not know how to pray and that is fine.
Just spend some time with those who do.
You'll soon learn that it's nothing more than carrying on a conversation with your closest friend.
God is your friend and He desires to have a personal relationship with you the same way.
You know, I didn't always see it that way.
In my early twenties when I was battling through a painful period, I would gaze towards the sky, placing my hands together (like I had seen at the movies) and something along these words I would pray "if you are real God, please help me, I'm in a mess, my heart is aching, my head hurts, nothing makes sense, I feel like crap, help!" Have you prayed that way before? well, God hears and answers those prayers as well, believe it or not; otherwise I would not be here today! Since than I have a close relationship with God and I pray in faith...
"My God, I'm going through a hard time but I trust you will help me, You are bigger than my problems and you truly care for me!" you can clearly see the difference right? You have no idea, how wonderful my life is as a result of prayer.
For years I battled with constant anxiety and fears, today I'm healthier and much happier! What happens when we pray? when we pray we send forth concentrated, positive thoughts of love, concern, peace, goodwill, and also releases pain and forgiveness, this creates tremendous power in the unseen world.
You may have experienced someone comforting you by telling you that they will pray for you, or hold you up in prayer...
and you may have wondered "thats nice, but how on earth is that going to improve my situation?" you may have also been on the other end, out of the blue with no effort on your part, a break-through appears! I really believe it is very possible due to others prayers and also without doubt there is a loving God who loves us more than we can ever know, and witness`s every tears we cry.
What happens when I pray for others? When you start to pray for your own life, begin to pray for others.
To pray for others is right and good, asking that they be open to God and to receive physical, mental, or spiritual help directly from God, the divine Physician, the miracle worker! As our love deepens and our faith increases, we can manifest this power in greater ways.
Begin today and be a blessing to others through prayer.
I pray between 15-30 minutes in the morning.
I get up around 5-6 am, not because I'm as devoted as mother Teresa was.
However, my little boys are up early, that's just life.
I have found, praying first thing before I start my day, plays a huge part in my state of mind.
I have more energy and peace; a more positive attitude towards my day.
Being a full-time mom of two boys can get stressful (most moms would agree) so quite time to regain calm is crucial.
My boys know better to leave me in peace until I have completed pray-time, otherwise more likely they will be dealing with a monster-mommy for that day! so, its common throughout the day to call on for God for mini help "oh give me more patience", "make me more gentle", "help" you get the picture.
I pray between 5-10 minutes before bedtime.
It mainly consists of thanks-giving.
Expressing my gratitude for providing our basic needs and for every significant aspect of my life for that day.
You see, the secret to effective prayer is to keep it real.
Pray with your heart and not your head.
God does not get impressed with fancy words nor length.
Did you know that? keep it simple, but you don't want to hold back from going deep, release your heart.
Simple prayer has power as illustrated above and remember allow yourself to enjoy your time in prayer.
Prayer has enriched my life and it can do the same for you.
I encourage you to begin today! Below I have included few common scriptures (in no particular order) that will help you kick start your prayer life.
(Matthew 7:7-8) "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
" (Philippians 4:6) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
(James 5: 13) Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.
Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
(1 Kings 19:12) After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
(Psalm 27:14-15) Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
(Psalm 34:4-5) I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
(1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(Psalm 66:20) Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
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