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Speak To God From The Heart

Posted by letuspraytoday on May 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Prayer can be rich when it's simple and spontaneous. In fact, we can pray anywhere, at any time. It doesn't require lofty language in a sacred space. All we need to do is see our ordinary moments as the perfect occasions for communicating with God, then speak from our heart.

Take a few minutes to explore this gallery for some plain and simple ways to pray your way through an ordinary day
While driving to work, to school, or chauffeuring your kids, use familiar landmarks to remind you to thank God, ask God, seek God, and listen to God
 
God loves the delightful things he has created; and when we enjoy them, he enjoys them with and through us. Savor it; as the Bible says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good!"
 
God loves animals even more than we do. In fact, our relationship with them in many ways mirrors our relationship with God. As we are with the creatures under our care, so God is with us. Thank him for your pet, and that you can trust God as they trust you.
 
Use pictures as an opportunity to thank God for the precious people in your life. Ask for God's blessing on them to fulfill their destinies. Ask God to heal relationship rifts, and to help you heal from the grief of loved ones lost.
 
As you tend to your cleaning responsibilities, ask God to tend to his by cleaning out your heart of anything that would compromise His blessed best.
 
Our words create things and tear things down. Pray that your words today would honor God, and that the things you say might cooperate with what God wants to accomplish in your corner of the world.
 
God loves music: it's all over the Bible. Happy songs, sad songs, love songs, and cause songs all reflect aspects of God's heart. Sing your prayer as a celebration, an appeal, a complaint, a yearning or hope expressed to God.
 
The scriptures are our precedent for living, and what was true thousands of years ago remains true and relevant today. When you echo ancient words you connect with the wider human experience and with our never-changing God. Pick a passage like Psalm 23 or Romans 8 and read it slowly. Your words make it a prayer – a familiar prayer – to God.
 
Creation is a window into God's heart. In the woods, by the sea, beside a stream, or in a garden we find aspects of God's nature reflected to us in tangible ways. As you walk, talk with God about what you see; then listen. God will respond!
 
We are small and seemingly insignificant in this vast universe. Yet praying as we look out across the galaxies gives God a chance to show us how special, powerful, and specific his love can be. On a dark night, share with God your "biggest challenges." In that context, God will grant you peace that he is big enough to care for you!
 
In fact, pray loud! There's a great tradition of speaking up – even shouting – to God. Try it. Go off somewhere where no one – no one else but God – can hear you. Speak aloud to God. Let your words ring out so that you can hear them. If you're really bold, give a shout of the things welling up in your heart. The Bible says it: "Shout to the Lord!"
 
Having someone to pray with is a powerful spiritual principle. God cares about relationships and honors in a special way the agreement of his children. Share your private concerns confidentially with a friend, then together take those concerns to God. In the comfort of two will come the power of three!
 
God cares about the world and the pain and suffering affecting all people. Learning the news may make you want to wring your hands, but answer that instinct by leveraging the opportunity to ask for God's intervention in the specific crises at hand.
 
Use the rhythms and cadence to prompt prayer routines and patterns. With every other step on a walk, for instance, recount the name of a friend who needs prayer, or a gift your thankful for, or a fear you need to release. Pushing your body creates a parallel for pushing your soul.
 
Our days are filled with rushed activity. Finding a few moments to sit still can be a great catalyst for prayer. Try sitting still and being silent, allowing your thoughts to move toward God. The Bible says, "In quietness and trust is your strength." In quietness you express a healthy passivity, releasing activity to God, inviting his action.
 
Fasting can be a great spiritual discipline to help us focus on prayer, but feasts can help us pray as well. There's a long tradition of feasts and worship. Use either an ordinary meal or a special occasion to create a kind of edible prayer, perhaps saying, "Lord, we eat this in your honor..."
 
Every day is designated with some special meaning. Check an almanac to find what today recognizes, then use that as a platform for prayer. Perhaps today is the birthday of someone you know or the anniversary of an important event. Use any of these remembrances to focus and prompt your prayer for the day.
 
Whether through a journal, a hand-written letter, an email, a "Tweet" or blog post, or a card given to a friend, putting prayer into written words is a powerful, ancient – and enduring – practice. Write your prayers, then over time go back and review what you've written and consider how God has responded over time.
 
God can handle our feelings. The stories of great souls always include accounts of their emotional connection with God. We are passionate creatures and God welcomes our anger, sorrow, frustration, fear, and celebration. In fact, he wants it! We're to love God with all our heart. God can handle your emotions. Use them as a booster rocket for prayer. Laugh out a prayer. Weep out a prayer. Connecting with God at this level is the very best place to find
 
"Triggers" are memory tools that help direct our minds. We can strategically help our prayer practices by placing triggers in our day to remind us to pray in the middle of our ordinary activity. A Post It on your bathroom mirror, an hourly alarm on your watch, a small stone carried in your front pocket, it can be anything. Get creative and deliberate to place these hallmarks along the regular paths you walk. God will meet you there.
 
God is down to earth, here and now. He comes to meet us, where we live, to prepare us to meet him, where he lives. Communicate with him now, simply, directly, personally.
 

 
“I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord” But is this it? Is our dream to walk with the Lord? Probably not. But maybe, just maybe, God is telling us in this poem that it should be. That our heart’s desire should first be Him and we should desire His presence by our side. Why is this, because He’s God who wants to come first in our lives for the sake of it? No. It’s because He knows we need Him. He wants us to know it too.
“Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord” These are the good times. Things are going well, sometimes really well. These are the most special moments of our lives, times we feel close God, the birth of our child, the promotion at work, the news that we don’t have cancer, times when we know God is there and we don’t hesitate to thank Him.
 
When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only ONE set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of my life”. This is where we feel God’s absence in our lives. Times are tough and we call out to Him but the silence is too loud. We feel alone, abandoned, overwhelmed and yes angry that God would decide to split now of all times.
“This really bothered me and so I questioned the Lord about it: Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most, you would leave me.” Here, some of that anger comes out. The author assumes the prints belong to her, and she carried the burden alone and now questions God. What I love most is that God doesn’t seem to be the least bit bothered by the fact she is angry with Him or questioning Him. He understands her doubts and answers them.
 
 

 
The Lord replied: “My child, my precious child. I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you” Here is where the truth comes out. Our walk with the Lord always breeds truth and the truth sets us free. He carries us. He holds us. His Love is not dependent on whether we love Him back. He allows these trials but doesn’t abandon us during them. Suffering is a mystery but it’s also Holy. He is there. He always has been. We must, however, believe this. Everything that contradicts this is just a feeling, not faith.
This poem also shatters our pride. This is where the healing finally occurs! Sometimes we may feel that we have gotten through a struggle on our own, that when we overcome adversity it’s because we fought hard, we worked hard, we suffered through it and we tend to pat ourselves on the back for being a strong person and having overcome it all by yourself. They Lord most tenderly and lovingly says to us here... “no you didn’t”. We got through it because the Lord held us up. He didn’t let us drown, in fact in this poem, He doesn’t even let the waters touch our feet. He carried us through it all.
 
We all wish to be carried at times, to be taken care of, to give it to someone else to handle. Great news! We have someone who wants to do just that!

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