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#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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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 Exercise your spirit with Prayer

How to Exercise your spirit with Prayer

by Kimberley Payne

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What is Prayer

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Prayer builds your spiritual strength. It can include praise, confession, thanksgiving or appeal. Prayer puts you in contact with God, Who has more power than you could ever imagine. When you pray, He hears you and fills you with the power to do things you never thought you could do.

What cardiovascular exercise and strength training do for building a strong body, prayer does to build spiritual strength. Your body requires exercise and food, and it needs these things regularly. You cannot just take care of it at the beginning of the week and forget about it. Your spiritual life is similar to your physical body in that way.

You cannot pray just once and a have healthy growing spiritual life.

What prayer is not

 

Prayer is not just for highly-spiritual people. God delights to have you come to Him with your requests. You do not have to be “good enough” to pray.

Like exercise, prayer is not a one-time thing. You can pray every day, anywhere and any time. It is important to spend time in private prayer each day – just you and God.

Prayer is not talking to others, reading or studying. It is not “doing” something. You need to let everything inside you get still. You may feel compelled to cram every moment with activities and external stimuli.

Still your mind and listen for God’s voice to emerge. (based on Psalm 46:10).

Prayer is not just about you talking to God, but God talking to you.

With prayer you can have a private audience with the Lord. An intimate dialogue goes on inside where there may not be an audible voice, but Spirit to spirit.

Benefits of prayer

 

Allows intimate dialogue with God.

Encourages you to face a new day.

Provides information and strategies.

Accomplishes the impossible.

Develops deeper relationship.

A pure motive delights God.

Prayer, when combined with quiet time, can decrease respiratory rate, heart rate, elevated blood pressure and muscle tension. During prayer, the body escapes from the stresses of everyday life and enters into a relaxed state.

This is an excerpt taken from Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health

 Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank You that we can come to You as we are. You love us and want to hear from us. You are a good and gracious Father.

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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

 

SPIRITUALLY FIT?

Spiritually Fit?

by Janis Cox 

Kimberley Payne, from Fit for Faith, always has a focus on fitness. She reminds us to eat properly, get the right amount of exercise and take time with God.

Yes, taking time with God is spiritual fitness and should be at the top of our list.

When we start our days in prayer (talking with God) we are building a firm foundation.

Oswald Chambers compares this time to a workshop. He tells us we can be the real thing before God.

Why you ask? Why do we need to be spiritually fit?

“When the crisis comes instead of being revealed as fit, you will be revealed as unfit.”1

But if we have built a good private relationship with God then:

“when the strain comes you can be relied upon by God.”2

When we do physical exercise we build heart muscles, lungs and bones – and probably a lot more parts that we don’t even know.

The same is true in worshipping God. As we read the Bible, study, pray and listen to Him we are building spiritual muscles. When we are in a crisis mode we will call upon those muscles, and all the other underlying parts we don’t know about, to help us stand for Christ.

Don’t think that in a crisis we can start developing spiritual fitness. It starts today – no excuses. Here are some of the excuses Oswald Chambers relates:

“I can’t be expected to live the sanctified life in the circumstances I am in; I have no time for praying just now, no time for Bible reading, my opportunity hasn’t come yet; when it does, of course I shall be all right.”3

and Oswald answers these excuses:

“No, you will not. If you have not been worshipping as occasion serves, when you get into work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you.”4

 Take the time. Make the time. Build a relationship with God. Be ready. Be fit. Fitness is a continuing process. But we have to start somewhere.

1, 2, 3, 4 – Quotes from Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, September 10, 2011.

Prayer:

Help us, Lord, to take the time to know You better. Help us to come to You and talk it out. Help to build this relationship and grow spiritually. In Jesus’ name. AMEM

My Gratitude List for this week:

  • babysitting our two youngest grandchildren with my hubby
  • walks to the beach, the park and the canal
  • explaining the lock system to a 4-year old
  • watching a boat descend in the lock from the eyes of a 4-year old
  • a visit to the Peterborough Zoo
  • camels, monkeys and llamas
  • train ride through a tunnel with screaming kids
  • great visit with friends

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.