Practical (adj.) concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas)
It is an absolute must that I pray and humble myself under the mighty hand of God.
I am a Christian, a believer in the Trinity. I experience the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the intimate connection of the Holy Spirit, regularly. This
is the obvious reason that I pray-I tell myself.
Also there are religious and social, reasons why I pray; I am a churchgoer and a ministry leader. Therefore, I must stay ‘prayed up’. I pray for myself and for others; family, friends, the DGC family and the New Light Church family. Another important reason I pray is -I am just afraid not to pray.
Last week as I thought about a subject for this week’s Perspective, I thought about the power of prayer. I reflected on the limited time that I devote to prayer and meditation compared to the unlimited, unmerited favor granted-keeping me sane, optimistic, motivated, living to enjoy each minute in the presence and seeing exciting glimpse of my future. As I continued thoughts concerning my views on the power of prayer, this week’s Perspective was revealed: Five Practical Reasons that I Pray
Prayer Activates Faith: My faith in God allows me to have faith in myself and in my product. Faith calls for action and executions. And these thing lead to elevation. “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:3-4).
Praying Gives Voice to My Thoughts . I believe that it beneficial to speak out loud those things I seek. This is known auto-suggestion (noun) subconscious adoption of an idea …through repetition of verbal statements to oneself in order to change behavior.
Therefore, I speak words of encourage to myself. Proverb 12:14 states, “A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words.”
Prayer is therapeutic: As I Pray - I receive a sense of peace. A conscious, as well as, a sub-conscious release of psychological angst. Prayer has healed emotional wounds and prescribed instructions for maintaining my spiritual and mental well-being. I must not “Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6)
Prayer is my direct connection into the Power of God- knowing that I can talk directly to God is comforting at all times - particularly in times of challenge, confusion, turmoil and strife. Immediate access to God's presence makes a dramatic difference in my ability
to express my innermost thoughts “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14)
Prayer elevates my confidence: Previously, I had issues of in-decision, no-decision, lack of focus and false self esteem. Although, I did not own nor really acknowledge these behaviors, getting in touch with; claiming my earthly calling has been challenging. Praying for clarity has given me a greater understanding and acceptance of God's purpose for my life. Now, and for my remaining years, I know what to do. I’ll never have to ask myself that question again. “God does exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ask or think according to His power that works in me.” (Ephesians 3:20).