The Habit Of Prayer

I have been writing stories about WWII, a lot of them are about priests and nuns, though fictional, many are based on true events. I have always like to see movies about nuns, at least some of the old ones. You can see an old black and white movie and with the church doors open, the priest there for you to talk to, nuns in prayer or teaching school,

Though nuns are allowed to dress differently now, it was usual to see them in the habit, in the habit of prayer. While Jesus warns against vain repetitions, and gave us the example of the Lord’s Prayer, we should whether or not we have rosaries, be in the habit of prayer. We should be cautious to to not to just repeat prayers and not let allow the Word to take effect in our lives.

We are to pray and speak God’s Word over our lives, and our families. Children are in special need of prayer. The times we live in call for drastic measures, we have the weapons of His warfare as believers, we are to bring our thoughts into captivity, into the obedience of Christ. Notice it is isn’t our obedience, it is Christ’s. He was obedient to death in order to save souls, He willing lay down His life for us to be saved.

So, we can at least do our best to pray and demolish the arguments that can go through our hearts and heads causing us to be doubtful and double minded when Jesus is there to help. The Bible says we are to be in constant prayer, and I know a lot of people wonder how to do that. We are so busy and with all the voices on either side of us and the weight of the world that pressures us, the stresses of everyday life on earth, how can we pray at all times and continually?

The answer is by praying in the Spirit, but not all believers have the baptism of the Spirit, walk in it or some may not accept  it or believe. But every believer has a measure of the Spirit and can pray God’s Word in wisdom regardless of their circumstances, I find it such a blessing that the Spirit prays for me when I don’t know what to pray. Romans 8:26

Matthew 5 is the Beatitudes.

John is full of the love of Jesus.

James says we can pray and ask for wisdom.

The Bible is so full of wisdom and that is what we should pray in. What are you praying about? There a verse for everything.

Healing is in Isaiah 53 and Jesus healed throughout the gospels.

Peace? John 14:27

Protection? Psalm 91

and Mark 11:23 tells us to pray and believe we receive, not when we see it but when we pray. That is faith, and that is Hebrews 11:6. In fact, the whole chapter. Take advantage of technology and use it to find the verse for your situation, from marriage to finances, it is covered.

And as a believer, we are covered by the precious blood of Christ and He is our victory and makes us more than a conqueror because of His great love and sacrifice. Prayer is a habit, a good habit to learn and to be taught. Teach children tp pray. Jesus was in the habit of prayer, so much so that He and the Father were one, through the Spirit. He went through everything we did, and without sin, the perfect man with perfect love, I pray we receive that today and get into the habit of prayer.

And should you not know Jesus as Lord, ask Him to save you, allow His love into your heart by believing He died for us and rose again, the beloved Son of God, He will through a simple prayer, and a heart that desires Him, teach you to pray, and put you in the habit of prayer.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 9:6-15

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