Thursday, March 12, 2009
Praying Out Loud To God
Have you ever felt Loss for Words especially when it comes to praying? I know I have especially when I get around my husband. :) He prays so beautifully, he uses the word always. You know most of us women have no trouble communicating. I have seen studies that indicate women speak twice as many words as men. So why do we women sometimes have difficulty praying out loud, particularly in front of others? It would seem that conversing with God often leaves women at a loss for words.
While there is a willingness to pray, some women choose to remain silent allowing the “more eloquent” individuals to address God and of course this sometimes is me. God never values one person "or their prayer" above another. We are, however, given guidelines that guarantee any women’s prayer will be priceless before God. Amen!!
Express your love and appreciation for God’s power Psalm 18:1–6. I begin by thanking God for all things. Make your “conversation” a joyful attitude towards others My loved ones, Let us have love for one another: because love is of God, and everyone who has love is a child of God and has knowledge of God.
He who has no love has no knowledge of God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7–8. A self-righteous attitude stops prayer dead in its tracks! It’s still gossip when you share the “juicy details” with others in the name of prayer. Pray with a compassionate heart and watch God breathe joy into your words.
Trust God to hear every precious word you utter, allowing His peace to envelop you The man whose heart is unmoved you will keep in peace, because his hope is in you.
Let your hope be in the Lord for ever: for the Lord Jah is an unchanging Rock. Isaiah 26:3–4.
Each prayer comes to life when we speak with assurance, free from worry, having peace that surpasses all human understanding.
We have to remember it’s Not About Me~You, when we understand the importance of attitude, we can focus next on the priority of our prayers. A woman’s prayer often centers upon how a situation relates to us. All emotions "fluctuating hormones" place the emphasis on our need to establish or preserve a relationship. By changing the “primary object” of any prayer, we women can tap into greater prayer effectiveness.
Prayer requires patience as well as surrendering our rights, So do not give up your hope which will be greatly rewarded.
For, having done what was right in God's eyes, you have need of waiting before his word has effect for you. Hebrews 10:35–36.
As women, it’s easy to become impatient ~~ with family conflicts, broken friendships, job, ~~ even God. “Doesn’t God know how upset I am?
I lack the composure to deal with all this.” Surrender your time~frame to Him, offering your patience as a prayer of trust.
Pray specifically for the person who irritated you the most today. When we extend unmerited kindness to another it transforms two lives, not just yours. I guarantee you, at the end of the day your kind words and thoughts will free you from any “I wish I hadn’t . . .” guilt. Let all bitter, sharp and angry feeling, and noise, and evil words, be put away from you, with all unkind acts;
And be kind to one another, full of pity, having forgiveness for one another, even as God in Christ had forgiveness for you. Ephesians 4:31-32.
We women utilize our time by multi-tasking. Yet we still struggle to find time to pray. Knowing that God is merciful, we hope that He’ll excuse us “just one more day.” Does this sound familar? Ultimately, we realize that, if we don’t take time to converse with God on a regular basis, our lives unravels quickly illness, finances, separation.
How then should we pray?
Pray faithfully, seeking the Holy Spirit’s help Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:26. A few words spoken from the heart speak volumes. God is faithful as we depend on Him daily for answers. Choose a place of rest, free of distractions Matthew 11:28–29. Through those tender moments of communication, we experience the gentleness of a Father-daughter relationship. Expect distractions, but practice self-control, remaining steadfast in prayer 1 Peter 1:13; 5:7–8.
When we will to pray . . . God’s will is done!
When we follow these guidelines, our prayers will always be fruitful Galatians 5:22–23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, a quiet mind, kind acts, well-doing, faith, Gentle behaviour, control over desires: against such there is no law.