PRAY MORE! And don’t just pray more, PRAY BETTER. PRAY DEEPER. PRAY STRONGER. Prayer is how we feed our soul. Prayer is the key that unlocks the door for the Holy Spirit so He can fight with us, protect us, cover us. When we pray, we must believe the outcome we are praying for is possible. God’s will and purpose is always greater than us and sometimes our minds cannot comprehend why something did not happen like we asked until days, months, or even years have passed, but that one day will always arrive when we clearly see the answer of why something happened or didn’t the way we wanted. God wants a close relationship with us, not just a forced blessing over our meals because mom, grandad, and cousin so and so did it that way. Of course, we should bless our meals and express our thanks for such, but what I am saying is don’t let this be it! Pray with scripture, with heart, with love, with faith, and more often.
We can learn more about how to pray from reading what Jesus taught in the book of Luke. "Jesus said, "This is how you should pray: "Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don't let us yield to temptation." Luke 11:2-4, Holy Bible, NLT Version. Jesus goes on to give us an example of how persistence is key as well, "Suppose you went to a friend's house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, "A friend of mine has just arrived and I have nothing for him to eat." And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, "Don't bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can't help you". But I tell you this-though he won't do it for friendship's sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of persistence." "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened." Luke 11:5-10, Holy Bible, NLT Version.
Another valuable lesson He taught in the book of Matthew is, “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-6, Holy Bible, NLT Version. This instruction is not telling us that praying publicly is wrong or that you shouldn't be a prayer group leader; it is warning us to do so humbly and honestly, not just because you want attention and to look good in front of others.
So, PRAY MORE and strengthen your relationship with our Heavenly Father!