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samantha writes:
June 13, 2014 9:44 AM
I think my biggest problem is actually forgetting to pray which is bad. I remember when something bad has happened or I'm scared but when good things happen I tend to forget to thank the One who had everything to do with it. Another problem I have is actually accepting that Jesus can relate because I know He has been tempted in all ways (even though our times have definitely added new temptations) but that makes me wonder if He's like "I was tempted too and didn't sin why did you" which deep down i know isn't true but it still makes me worry.

Dee Dee writes:
August 22, 2013 11:07 PM
I think I have approached prayer in all of those ways before and more than once but mostly I think I approach Him as a friend because I seem to be in constant conversation with God all the time. The bad thing about this is that it sometimes seems to be lacking when I actually don't get down on my knees and fold my hands to pray. I host a prayer site of over 500 people and when they say that they will pray for someone or when someone says they will pray for me, I often wonder if that means they will murmur something to God under their breath or whether they will actually get down on their knees and pray. The second always seems to bring about so much more of a feeling of being loved and prayed for and therefore seems to be the proper way of doing it. I know the Bible says to pray unceasingly but does that mean to remain in constant conversation with God or does it mean to pray the same prayers over and over? Once we pray to God about something aren't we supposed to have faith that He has heard our prayers and will answer them according to His will. If we continue to pray for the same thing every morning (like blessing and upcoming job interview) aren't we lessening the faith we are supposed to have in the fact that he has already heard us and will answer our prayers? The same goes with pastors that ask me to pray for support for their ministries, they ask as many people as possible as if the number of people praying affects the outcome of the prayer, I thought it was faith that encouraged God to answer prayers not repetition or prayer in greater numbers (not counting where 2 or 3 are gathered there I am in the midst.) Thanks for you understanding and help with these thoughts. Dee

Ted writes:
August 7, 2013 7:04 AM
Christine, thanks for your comment. Over the years, I have discovered 3 helps in this area: 1. When I pray, I'm talking to a friend who cares. God wants to hear from me. He wants to hear what is on my heart. 2. It helps to have a list to pray through. For instance, on Mondays I might pray for my friends and their requests as well as pray for my family. On Tuesdays, I might pray for some friends who do not know Christ personally. On Wednesdays, I pray for my pastor, Sunday school teachers, church volunteers, etc. And so on. . . . Over time, you may want to add some praises to your list and begin to thank the Lord for answers to prayer. 3. Keep it simple. Prayer is not a complicated process. This is a private time between you and God. There is no fancy speech needed. I hope that helps. Ted

Mike writes:
August 7, 2013 5:30 AM
I really like this thought of how to approach God the Father.... The first Scripture that came to mind was a continuation of Hebrews 4:14. Verse 16 says "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." As I draw near to God with repentance I know that I can have confidence in Him and what He did for me. I have confidence in His Word and that allows me to come to Him no matter what state of mind I am in: Anxious, repentant, joy, stressed, good mood, bad mood, it does not matter... Thank you Jesus that I can receive Your mercy and grace in my time of need as I approach Your throne of grace.

Christine writes:
August 6, 2013 11:42 PM
I try and then get stuck and don't know what to say. I feel like i say the same things all the time but have not developed a in depth relationship with Christ because I don't spend much time in prayer. I read, serve but don't pray often. I want to but don't know how.

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