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#UTCOP – How Can We Seek Sacred Pauses in Our Lives

How Can We Seek Sacred Pauses in Our Lives

by Joy Lenton

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Prayer can feel like deep mystery as well as the simplest and most natural activity of all. There are no set formulas, no wrong way to pray.

We learn and grow in the doing of it.

Methods may help us to find our feet or keep thoughts focussed but they are never intended as things to enslave and prevent freedom of expression.

The acronym below is a suggestion to aid us in coming to prayer, a possible preparation process that can help us to engage more fully with knowing God. It is intended to encourage greater mindfulness in how we come to God and growing awareness of how precious it is to be in communion with Him.

Prayer is primarily about being in a dependent, loving, surrendered relationship and continual conversation with God.

Pause   ~  from busyness. Breathe deep. Exhale. Just be. Take time to taste the sacred in the secular. Ready yourself to receive.

Reflect  ~ on God’s goodness and grace, your need for mercy and forgiveness, His provision for every problem you may encounter.

Ask     ~  boldly because you come in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Because you are God’s beloved child. He longs to hear your voice and answer every need.

Yield    ~  the answer, outcome and timing to God. Yield your mind and heart, your will, your life and your desires to His greater plans and purposes.

Engage  ~  your senses; sharpen your spiritual antennae. Be fully present and in the moment. Listen attentively.

Respond   ~  with gratitude, thanksgiving and praise, with a deep abiding appreciation of God’s will and ways, with obedience, with a surrendered spirit.

Dear Father,

Help us to take sacred pauses out of our schedules so that we can co-labour with you to set them according to your schedule.

Show us how to take opportunities to listen and learn in an open dialogue with you, to experience a meeting place between the miraculous and the mundane, the eternal and the temporal as heaven touches earth.

May each divine encounter leave us changed and transformed by grace, renewed by Holy Spirit’s touch and revived by your amazing love.

Amen.

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Joy Lenton

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Joy is a grace-dweller and storyteller who weaves words out of the fabric of her days. Her desire is to seek the poetic in the prosaic and look for the eternal in the temporal.

As an M.E and chronic illness sufferer, who is also recovering from a painful past, she writes with a heart for the hurting and to support and encourage others who are struggling with life and faith issues.

She is  a member of the Association of Christian Writers and Fellowship of Christian bloggers.

You can connect with her at her blogs, ‘Words of Joy’ or ‘Poetry Joy’, and on TwitterFacebookGoogle + or Pinterest.

#UTCOP – Remember to add thankfulness to your prayers

Remember to add thankfulness to your prayers

by Kimberley Payne

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“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God” (Psalm 50:14, NIV).

 

“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me” (Psalm 50:23, NIV).

 

I want to honour God and one way I can do this is by giving Him thanks.

Remember to try the acronym P.A.T.H. when you pray. The “T” is for thankfulness.

Praise, Admit, THANK, Help

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Use P.A.T.H. to help you pray. Read @fitforfaith’s post. “T” is for thankfulness. (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

#UTCOP – How to pray using The P.A.T.H to Prayer

How to pray using The P.A.T.H to Prayer

by Kimberley Payne

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Praise

Lord, You are worthy of my praise. I praise You for Who You are. I praise You for what You do. You are full of grace and mercy. You are creative and imaginative. You are slow to anger and forgiving. You are awesome.

Admit

Father, I admit that I say, do, and think things that are sinful. Specifically I ask forgiveness for ______________________.

Thank

God, I thank You for this beautiful season. I thank You for my health. I thank You for hearing my prayers and providing for my needs.

Help

Lord, I pray for the salvation of my children, my husband, my entire family. I pray for peace especially for those who are being persecuted today. I pray for Your will to be done in my life.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

For more information on how to use P.A.T.H. please check Kimberley’s post How Should I Pray?

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How to pray using The P.A.T.H to prayer. (tweet this)

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com