Two Words

What is one of the shortest verses in the Bible? The NIV translates 1 Thessalonians 5:17 as “pray continually”; two words that have the power to change the world. How can we change the world when when we have so much other “stuff” to do rather than be praying all the time? This is both a challenge and an encouragement. Be encouraged! Psalm 37 encourages us to not fret but to trust and delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. The creator of the universe knows you personally. How do we pray continually? What do you do each day that can become a conversation with God? Can you find seven spaces in your day to pray the way Jesus taught us?
  1. When you wake up where do your thoughts turn to? Can you begin the day with gratitude, remembering the relationship you have with God; Our Father in heaven, hallowed be you name.
  2. Breakfast. Is this the time to commit your day to the Lord?  your kingdom come.
  3. Before you begin the activity of the day; a time of commuting, walking the dog, exercising;  your will be done.
  4. During your days is there a job you do that you don’t have to think about? washing clothes, tidying, doing an errand, going to the store room, taking rubbish out. Instaed of tuning out can you tune into God? On earth as it is in heaven.
  5. Lunch. Food gives us the reminder of both our dependence on God and the need to be thankful; give us this day our daily bread.
  6. Returning home or the end of your activity; And forgive us our debts, remembering the day and where you have fallen short, as we have as we also have forgiven our debtors.
  7. The evening meal, the dishes or before sleep; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one; what a way to close the day!

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