George Muller was a mighty prayer warrior. He obtained great sums of money for his orphanage, not by fundraisers or asking people but through prayer.  I have heard that it has been said of George Muller that he was never long in prayer but never long from prayer.
The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Is prayer an important part of our day?  Can we go to God at any moment - while cooking, driving, crafting - to make our requests known? Do we begin our day on our knees seeking the One Who loves us, keeps us and knows our future?  Sometimes we may be at a loss of how to pray or what to pray for. Here is a short list of three things that should be a part of our prayer lives.

The First Thing - Forgiveness
Sin in our lives must be confessed in order for us to have a right relationship with God. 

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Psalm 66:18
Psalm 51 is a great passage on asking for forgiveness.  David, the man after God’s own heart, had failed miserably. He wanted to be right with God and he knew that meant confessing his sins and asking for forgiveness.  

The Best Thing – Wisdom
God told Solomon, David’s son to Ask what I shall give thee” (1 Kings 3:5)
Solomon could have asked for anything.  God had not limited him.  Solomon’s request was for wisdom.

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? (1 Kings 3:9)

This pleased God and He also gave Solomon great riches.  No one on earth has ever had the wisdom and wealth that Solomon had. The book of Proverbs emphasizes the importance of wisdom.
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.  Proverbs 8:14

The Final Thing – Personal Needs
Of course we can pray for our own needs and that of our family, friends, and others.  But too many times we start and end there. We cannot ignore the first two on the list and skip to the third.
There are many places in God’s Word that teaches us to bring our needs to him.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
The study of prayer cannot be learned in one short devotional.  This little lesson is just a place to begin. Let us follow the example of George Muller and never be long from prayer.

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On February 3, 2015 at 8:58 AM , ifrog crafter said...