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Tuesday Devotion

Many of you at Central have signed up to join the Prayer Course in one of our 5 classes. We look forward to engaging this study for the next 8 weeks and really digging deeper into prayer and how it will impact our lives and, more importantly, the life of Central Baptist Church.

There is nothing more important that we can be doing in these unique times than pray. Pray for yourself and your family. Pray for those in our church, including staff and leadership. Pray for the church. Pray for the community. Pray the nation. We need to pray.

For those of you, like myself, that feel that we indeed pray, but we want to have a more robust prayer life. Or if you are uncertain on how to get started, there is a very simple acrostic that is offered by Pete Greig, the author of “How to Prayer: A Simple Guide for Normal People” which is the author of the book that we are using for the Prayer Course.

He breaks down Prayer as follow:

P – “Pause”

R – “Rejoice”

A – “Ask”

Y – “Yield”

As you prepare to pray, consider these four steps.

“Pause” means to take a minute or two, to stop all you are doing, and to center yourself in the Lord. This is the preparation that you need to make to be effective in prayer. As Psalm 46:10 says, “be still and know that I am God.” As the author says, sometimes you need to stop praying in order to start praying. Prepare yourself for prayer by taking a moment to pause.

“Rejoice” should be the first part of your prayer. Don’t start with a checklist, but start by acknowledging how amazing the Lord is and all that the Lord has done for you. Jesus modeled this in the Lord’s Prayer with “hallowed by thy name”. After we have paused and centered ourselves, we can follow with how amazing the Lord truly is as we get ready to pray to Him.

“Ask” is the time of our petitions for the Lord. We should not hesitate to ask the Lord for anything that is upon our hearts. Luke 11:11 says, “who among you, if your child asks for a fish, will give them a snake instead.” The Father loves us and wants to give us what is good and what we need. We do not need to be afraid to ask Him. And even if we do not know exactly what that is and what words to use, or how to ask, we can have confidence that the Holy Spirit will know, as it says:

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

“Yield” is how we are to conclude our prayers. After we have centered ourselves by pausing, after we have rejoiced, and after we have asked, we should take a moment or two to let go of all we have done and be still and allow the Lord to respond. We should yield our time and our energy to the Lord and allow Him to work in us.

There is no perfect way to pray. But if you are looking for a place to start or to improve your prayer life, I recommend you follow these four steps. And continue to pray constantly for all things. Amen.

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