“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation
God is everywhere, hoping that we will acknowledge Him. He wants to be apart of our lives, in everything that we do. So just start by thanking Him for the small things. Whether that be a closer parking space at a grocery store, or finding the kind of creamer for your coffee that was out of stock the week before. The thing is, He loves showing Himself in these little ways, because it lets Him be apart of our lives in a very personal nature.
“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend [Jesus] who sticks closer than a brother [or sister.]” Proverbs 31:10-11, English Standard Version.
One thing I’ve noticed in this past year is that most of the time my own little prayers get answered more so than the big ones. For example, my husband, the kids, and I went to the store for our weekly grocery trip. Before we had even left the car I was speaking to my husband that we needed to pick up some kind of meat while we were in there so I could have something to fix for dinner. What’s funny is I didn’t even know that in a round about way I was praying for meat, and not in the traditional sense. When we finally got into the meat section there were so many different deals going on for hamburgers, ribs, chicken, pretty much everything that we needed for the next week to live on. That’s when I knew that God was listening in on our conversation and made it so that our needs would be met, on our little tiny grocery budget. So right there in the middle of Kroger, I thanked Him for being there with us, and listening to our requests.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, New International Version
I think there are many different ways to pray, and it’s okay to speak out loud. In fact I found that praying out loud can actually work for the benefits of it better than just thinking the prayer. It’s because a thought can be fleeting, but when you have to put in the conscious effort to speak out loud, you can be more direct and less distracted by the ever moving mind. Also, I found that keeping a prayer journal is a great idea. Just the act of writing down a prayer is powerful, not only that but when times become hard you can always look back on the prayers that you had written, and pin point exactly which ones have been answered. In my own personal journal, every prayer I had written was fulfilled. The big ones, the small ones, and everything that was in between, God truly is good all the time, every day, every hour, every minute, every second He really does listen all the time.
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 New International Version
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