The Importance of Prayer


The Importance of Prayer
My spirit is crushed. I feel defeated and neglected. Our family is journeying through some really rocky territory and, honestly, I just don’t like it at all. Who likes going through the storm? No one. But I also know that it can either drive me away from God or draw me near. I choose to draw near and hold on with prayer.

How is your prayer life? Are you meeting Him and sharing your heart? Here are a few reasons why you should make sure it is on your to-do list everyday, all the time.

Importance of Prayer

Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do. It is a time they are communicating with God and it should be taken very seriously. While there is deep theological meaning in prayer, it doesn’t have to be something that is complicated and difficult. It’s something anyone can do anywhere at any time.

Drawing Near to God

It’s impossible to know someone if you don’t spend time with them. Prayer is an opportunity to spend time with God. To really understand the heart of God, you need to pray. In John 15:15, Jesus says He no longer calls us his servants, but calls us His friends. Talking with God develops a deeper relationship with Him. The deeper the relationship becomes, the more time you want to spend with Him. In 1 Corinthians 3:9, God calls us His fellow workers. How can we be His fellow workers if we refuse to talk to Him?

Prayer Brings Light to Darkness

Sometimes we forget just how powerful prayer is. We aren’t fighting against something imaginary. Our prayers are fighting against spiritual battles that linger in dark places. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The power of prayer is so great it has the power to defeat the devil and his power over us. He wants to destroy us, but God wants to bring us closer to Him. Prayer is our tool to win that battle. Prayer gives us the strength and the faith to finish the race victorious.

Prayer Changes Us

We often think prayer changes God. This simply isn’t the case. Prayer changes us. When we spend time with God, He is working to change our heart to be more like His. The more time we spend with Him, the more we are like Him. Our habits and lifestyles change. We no longer live a self-centered life, but one that is focused on others with a pure and sincere heart. Prayer changes us inside out.

Prayer Protects

Protection is ours just for the asking. We need to pray for protection for our loved ones every day. Pray for loved ones by name, one by one. You can never pray too much for one person. Sometimes it helps to make a list of all the people that you need to pray for each day. Doing this not only offers us protection, but also sets a great example for our children.

Do you pray daily for your husband and children for protection?

Prayer Brings Breakthroughs in Life

One of the most important aspects of prayer in your life is the breakthroughs that come. Sometimes we are faced with devastating circumstances and feel we have nowhere to turn. It’s at that point we should pray (although there should have plenty of prayer beforehand, too). Fasting and praying is powerful, too. Sometimes you need a message from God and you need to be solely focused on Him to get it. It may be painful during the prayer and waiting process but once you receive it you will be so happy you sought Him. While you wait, you can also sing praise songs, read the Bible, or anything else that brings you closer to Him. Even if the breakthrough doesn’t happen that day, you will receive the strength and the grace to carry on. Eventually you will receive an answer to your prayers, or a peace about waiting longer. When you look back over this time you will most likely see it as some of the most spiritually rich time of your life.

Do you need a breakthrough today?

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Weekend Reading RoundUp


A few wonderful posts from around the web this week –

From Passionate Homemaking::  Striving for a Peaceful, Organized Christmas

From Small Notebook::  The Wish List

From Life Your Way:: The Importance of Batching Tasks to Get More Done

From Money Saving Mom ::  Time Management 101 (part 1)

From Balancing Beauty and Bedlam:: The Advent Jesse Tree


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Ten Minute Tuesday


Welcome to a regular feature for Tuesday, Ten Minute Tuesday.  Take a few minutes to slow down, sit & enjoy the music – let the words sink into your spirit.

I hope this song How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin touches your heart, right now, as you take a moment to sit, listen and reflect on HIS greatness.  Whatever you are facing know that He is right there, greater than anything else and He knows just what you need.

May your day be blessed!

He will shield you with HIS wings!  They will shelter you.  His faithful promises are your armor.  Psalm 91:4

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Weekend Round Up Reading for Moms


I am having a few days rest at the beach,  but before I left I gathered a few great articles that I wanted to pass along.  Enjoy!

From My Super-Charged Life::  Downsize My Life: Save Yourself from Craziness


From Jill Savage:: Workshop on the Go: Monitoring Your Child’s Media


From Life Your Way:: Does Your Water Have Estrogen in It?


From 24/7 Moms::  Fall Family Clean Up Day – Getting the Whole Gang Involved


From Raising Homemakers::  How to Stock a Pantry & Music in the Home


From A Little This….A Little That::  Teaching Our Children Honorable Obediance


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It’s Never Too Late


“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 – 1894)

Jenny’s Take: Is it too late?” We get asked that question on a regular basis, and the answer is always another question. Too late for what? Too late to raise the perfect child? There’s no such thing? Too late to make a difference? Never.

All of us have made mistakes. Some of us are still stuck waist deep in them and can’t seem to find the way out. The first step is to relax, and take a good, long look at where you are without feeling shame or guilt. Then do some thinking about where it is you want to go with your family. Move in that direction, one small step at a time, and you will see for yourself that it is never, ever too late to become a stronger person.

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