Prayer | The Practical Disciple - Part 3

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Prayer Tips: What does “pray without ceasing” mean and how can we do it?

Paul urged the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) But what in the world does that mean? Are we to be constantly walking about with head’s bowed and reverently lifting up praise to God? That would be awesome in some ways but not very practical in other ways. We might have to assume a near monk-like existence to do that and it’s hard for me to believe that God wants us all to withdraw from the world into a ministry of non-stop prayer.
 
I have two takes on this mysterious snippet, “pray without ceasing.” The first is that in some ways perhaps, yes, Paul is saying we need to stay in constant communication with God, but that doesn’t

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One thing you must do to move forward when forgiving others


THE PROBLEM
Hurts are hard to leave behind, especially if the other person has no remorse. Yet, God calls us through his Word to forgive as we are forgiven. Unfortunately, as much as I would like the Bible to say, “Only if they are really sorry and know exactly what they did wrong”, it doesn’t.

Several years ago, I struggled immensely with forgiving someone who was constantly working against me behind my back. He could without a hiccup in his conscience pump my hand eagerly after worship and tell me what a great sermon I had and then walk into the Fellowship Hall and tell another member, “I like him, he

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How long is enough time for a morning prayer time?

A reader who had recently downloaded my book “Tips ON Prayer” asked me “How LONG do you spend on your prayer routine every morning?” At the heart of the question was a question of balancing time in prayer with the demands of delay life.
 

So how long do I spend in the morning in prayer?

My 7 step devotional practice can be done in 15 or 20 minutes and I would estimate this is my baseline minimum. The bulk of that time is spent in prayer, scripture reading, and journaling. It’s not unusual for me to spend 30 minutes or more; particularly, if I get caught up in journaling. So, the norm for me can be anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes.
 
Periodically, I adopt longer disciplines. For

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Small Group Prayer: 5 Tips for Praying with Others

For several months now I have been praying with three guys via phone on Wednesday mornings. This is one of the riches spiritual practices for me at the moment. If you’re not in a prayer group, I highly recommend finding or starting one.

THREE REASONS YOU SHOULD PRAYER WITH A SMALL GROUP
Wisdom: When I share personal prayer needs, these guys almost always have good Godly wisdom for me. Or, when they pray about my needs, the Holy Spirit seems to lead them to prayer more clearly than I have been able to.
Support: Perhaps, this is inherent to my statement above; nevertheless, I want to pull this out for attention. Hearing yourself prayed for is a powerful and moving experience. You feel less alone and problems seem so much smaller.

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Tips On Prayer Free Until Midnight, How to Order w/o a Kindle




 
A lot of people have voiced a desire to get a copy of “Tips On Prayer, A Quickstart Guide to Improving Your Prayer Life, but they think they can’t because they don’t have a kindle. No problem. Watch the video above where I explain click-by-click what to do to get a free Kindle reading app for your smart phone, computer or tablet.
 
Already have an app or kindle… Grab your FREE copy of “Tips On Prayer, A Quickstart Guide to Improving Your Life.” now by clicking the big orange button below:
 

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How to Easily Squeeze An Extra 973 Hours of Prayer Into Your Life

I Tie My ShoesI know what you are thinking, “How can you possibly “EASILY” squeeze in nearly 1000 hours of prayer/”  The answer…pray every time you tie your shoes.  Believe it or not, I just read in the April issue of Success Magazine that we spend 973 hours tying our shoes in our lifetime.
 
So, if you want to give God almost 1000 extra hours of prayer, just pray every time you shod those beautiful feet of yours.  I have always been a proponent of linking prayer to daily tasks, but never realized the cumulative effect. Imagine the thousands of hours you could give God, if you prayed while doing several common tasks: 

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