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November 10, 2014, 10:00 AM

One Necessity for the Holiday Season: Prayer!

One excuse for lack of praying is: I don't know what to pray. If this applies to you, I recommend using a Model for praying. The Lord's prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 is still the premier model. I highly recommend praying through the points of that marvelous model. At times, I still use the ACTS model for praying. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.

When it comes to supplication (making requests),  I use five "L's" - 

Leaders        (government, SBC, church)  

Laborers      (missionaries, local church workers, pastor)

Lost people  (make this specific)

Love ones    (members of your family)

Little ole me

If you'll use the ACTS model and include praying for leaders, laborers, lost people, loved ones and yourself, you'll not be able to say: I don't know what to pray.

Another excuse for our neglect of prayer is:  I'm too busy to pray. I don't have enough time in my day to pray.   Martin Luther gave the opposite view. His attitude was more along the lines of: I'm too busy NOT to pray.

The holidays are upon us. Our church activities and personal activities will likely increase at this time of the year. We sure can find ourselves in a whirlwind of activity! And if we're not careful, we'll neglect dwelling with God in prayer. Before we get any closer to the holidays, let's settle it in our hearts and minds that we will make time in our schedules to pray.

If I can add one more suggestion, before you say "Amen," quiet your heart, dwell upon Jesus and prayerfully ponder a promise from the Lord and just listen and be still. Henry Drummond once said, "Ten minutes spent in Christ's presence every day, aye, two minutes, will make the whole day different."

Let's not neglect praying this holiday season. Let's dwell even more in the presence of our Savior!

Blessings to you all,

Parson Jay

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