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Why Should I Pray?

My post, Do Not Disturb, not only generated some great comments from you, but reading through the post several times, gave me thoughts for continuing the discussion. One question I have had in the past is not how to pray but why should I pray? Just Googling 'books on Christian prayer', there were bout 37,000,000 results. There are many books, articles and blog posts you could read for the answer as to why we pray. I don't have all the answers, but I would like to share briefly why and how I pray. What is prayer? I like the simple definition found at Dictionary.com, which says prayer is entering into spiritual communion with God. God Who called everything and everyone into being by just saying it, wants to be in communion with me. God Almighty wants little 'ole me to talk to Him. I want to know the God of the Bible who loves me so much He made a way for me to be in relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ, and this is possible by prayer. The goal of prayer is not only to ask, but to worship and adore He Who gives me my every breath and a new day.
Devote yourselves to prayer...Colossians 4:2
  • Scripture encourages us to be constant in prayer.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12
We have also been given a model to pray, often called the Lord's Prayer, but more of an example to follow. Our Father who art in Heaven--is He your Father? Is God your Friend through a saving relationship with Jesus? Hallowed by Your Name--I acknowledge God is the Only One Who is Holy and there is no other Name upon which we can call to be saved. Your Kingdom come--do I want God's Kingdom to come? Or do I want Jody's kingdom to come everyday? Do I want to be a part of God's Kingdom? Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven-Will I bend my will to God's will or will I continue to insist on my own way, my own rights? Give me this day my daily bread--In praying this I surrender to the fact I will not worry about tomorrow, and trusting God will provide for everything I need for today. Forgive my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me. Not only am I sinned against, I'm a sinner too. Will I extend the same forgiveness God has given me to someone who has hurt me? Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. I need to know what my weaknesses are, recognize what I am tempted by and where the temptation comes from and flee, run from evil, don't keep it company. For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen

Life Map-New Year

I don't remember when this post was originally written. It is probably several years old, but these points remain true as I focus on 2016. As I look back on 2015 I see personal loss but God in His infinite love and grace gave me gifts at the end of 2015 to look forward to in the coming year. A post regarding 2015 is still rambling around in the ole' brain. Life is one big adjustment. It seems from birth to the grave, adjustments are a part of life. But I have laid a firm foundation over the years, and these focus points bring great encouragement and comfort, because God and His Word are my firm foundation and He never changes.  images   1. In everything I do I want to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. (1 Corinthians 10:31) I want to be a  Christ follower, not just pursue the American dream of 2.5 children, a home and 2 cars in the garage. I want to know God who rescued me and loves me. I do this by making it my goal to read His Word everyday and attempting to pray without ceasing. I pray for people and circumstances as God brings them to mind. 2. Spend my life encouraging my family as a wife and mother; to exhort and encourage all women I am privileged to call my friends. I want to encourage them  to love God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their mind, and their neighbor as themselves. (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30) 3. To teach women how to love God's Word, encouraging them to love God by loving His Word. (Psalm 119:1) I do this by writing several blog posts a week, teaching women's Bible studies and Sunday School, giving birthday cards and gifts, praying and meeting with women whenever I can over coffee, lunch, meeting in my mom cave, or walking together at the local walking track. 4. Educate myself in the gifts I believe God has given me.  Continuing to hone counseling and  writing skill(or lack of), and reading many books to the glory of God. My first book, published in 2014, Confessions of a Farmer's Daughter can be purchased by clicking on the link from me. 5. Eat right and exercise on a regular basis, making it my goal to remain healthy to serve the Lord and  "look good" for my husband and no one else. His opinion is the only that matters. Keep communication open between my four children by texting, calling, emailing, visiting, and praying for them everyday. Ultimately I want to be a woman who knows charm is deceitful and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 31:30)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7