Devotion for Friday, December 9

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
Matthew 6:9-18
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

When it comes to our voice, we ought to speak to God. God wants us to talk to Him. 1 Thessalonians commands us to “pray without ceasing.”

What do you think it means to pray without ceasing?

In Matthew 6:9-18 Jesus answers his disciples when they ask him to pray.

Do you think that Jesus meant to say those exact words when it is time to pray?

Is there any kind of an outline to Jesus prayer? Can it be a model of how we should pray?

Application:
How’s your prayer life going? Has God heard your voice in a while? Maybe it’s time to talk to God.

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12 thoughts on “Voices: Prayer

  1. For some people I believe tht it is time to talk to god. But for others maybe not, because they already talk to them everyday. Thts me. I fall under the second catagory. Prayer is very important. Prayer is just like people. If u don’t talk to people u don’t know them very well right? Well this is the same with god. Prayer is a way for u to talk to god. It’s ur time between god and u! 🙂

    Great Devo I hope I did good… But idk. 😦 but love u guys and c u on Sunday! 🙂

  2. My prayer life is good I pray I think I have a good relationship with god…he has heard my prayers and. Every time my mom prays she get it eveything my mom prays for she gets it as I’m always like oh that’s cool my mom and god are really close with each other I’m close with god but not that close and one day I will get there hehe but I pray and god hears them! it’s my little time with god and me! 🙂

  3. i pray everyday! whether its for food or just thanking him! He is someone whos always there for me.he even hears me when i don’t think he’s there! thats the amazing thing about God.he’s always there.love u guys 🙂 i’ll talk more later 😉

  4. What I got out of this is prayer is very important we need to pray and talk to God he wantes us to pray so we can grow in him like talking to someone you get to spend time with that person get to know him better same thing with God he wantes us to pray and talk to him wich is awesome having God the creator of the universe wantes you to talk to him that’s a no brainer talk to him!

  5. I don’t think there’s certain words we have to say in order for God to hear us and listen to us, but following Jesus’ example in the verse is a good outline!
    Prayer is such an important thing! I mean, you can’t expect for God to talk to you if you don’t talk to Him! Remember James 4:8? “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” a way to get closer to God and have a better relationship with Him is to pray! Easier said than done, I know. There’s time when I forget to pray, or sometimes I just don’t feel like it! But really that’s a bad attitude about it. It’s crazy cause I used to feel awkward talking to God, but it’s totally different now! Now when I talk to Him I go on and on, and I’m completely comfortable! I mean who wouldn’t want to talk to someone who doesn’t judge you, and cares about what you have to say!? So having a prayer life is really good! 🙂
    I miss you guys already! Sorry I couldn’t do the devotions yesterday, I didn’t have internet!
    I have a prayer request again today.. (even though I’m on vacation) I’m still kinda having a hard time with some family members, I’m not the easiest person to get along with I guess. So I’m just hoping that everything goes well, for that to happen I need to go out of my way to get along with people. So I need lots prayer 😉 Thank you soo much! See you guys in 2 weeks!

  6. Like any relationship that you want to have communication is key. Just like we talk to our friends we should talk to God. I don’t think that we have to say a specific prayer to get Gods attention I think that Hea happy to hear from you.

  7. Well my prayer life seems to have takein a trun for the worst! I havent prayed on my own in a long time and it is really hurting me to admit this but I really do need to start praying more! A lot of my friends need prayer too, They don’t know God and the ones who do are cathlic and some cathlic’s dont get saved they only get baptized. Whitch is really sad cause they need god in there life and they also need a lot of prayer time!

  8. There is not a certain way that we ought to pray as long as we aren’t treating it as a time to say our wish lists as we expect God to fulfill them. God loves it when we pray to him, he loves having us communicating with him, and really opening up and putting our heart out on the table. Prayer is so important, and I can honestly say that I haven’t taken prayer as seriously as I should have all my life. I used to only pray when I’d go to bed, and sometimes I’d fall asleep right after dead god.. And then even sometimes I even forgot. Never ceasing means to never stop. Never stop praying because it is extremely important. If you were a parent, and your kid only talked to you when it was convenient for them, that wouldn’t be too cool would it? I would hate that! What a relationship.. Not much of one anyhow. Same thing with God! He’s our heavenly father an we need to be praying. Prayer is our own voice being lifted up to God! We need to use it 🙂

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