Prayer is for asking, for thanking, for praising… and for ALWAYS! A little talk with Jesus eases our walk…it is Lifestyle Prayer!
There once was a judge in a town who neither feared God nor cared about people. There was also a widow in that town who kept coming to him with a request to grant her justice against her adversary. The judge refused her request time and time again. Finally, he decided that although he didn’t really care about the situation, her bothersome and continual insistence drove him to grant her the justice she requested and now he was relieved from the woman’s constant and insistent plea. Jesus used this parable to teach his disciples this: If an unjust judge can honor a request just think how much more our just God will honor our prayers requests as we cry out to Him. He will see to it that we who belong to Him get justice, and quickly. He then reminded them to offer their prayers of petition and to never give up! (see Luke 18:1-8)
This is Lifestyle Prayer – Always petition and never give up!
Many definitions of prayer have been given. One of my favorites is this prayer of cooperation from E. Stanley Jones: “Prayer is co-operation with God. In prayer you align your desires, your will, your life to God and work them out together.”
Further he offers this Lifestyle Prayer directive…
“To talk with God, “To walk with God, “To wait on God,
No breath is lost – No strength is lost - No time is lost -
Talk on!” Walk on!” Wait on!”
This is Lifestyle Prayer - Always cooperating with God.
And finally, Lifestyle Prayer always includes our attitude. The Apostle Paul gives us this key, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy…” Philippians 1:4
This is Lifestyle Prayer - Always pray with JOY!
Jesus said, “Be always on the watch, and pray…” Luke 21:3
LIVE OUT LIFESYTLE PRAYER – ALWAYS!
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