Prayer has always been a huge part of my life. When I spent the night at my grandparents, my grandma and I would say a good night prayer. There were many times that I would spend hours contemplating about God and sit in my bedroom and pray for whatever I needed. This was a ritual from a young age, through my teenage years, and into adult hood. When I look back on all the time I spent in prayer, I realize that it was a time of meditation and conversations with my Heavenly Father. To this day, because my life was centered so much around prayer, I know that God answers prayers, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind. Because of this I’ve learned not to pray with doubt. Instead I pray with faith.
If you don’t pray, you should start. Before you roll out of bed in the morning, pray. You don’t have to be kneeling. God, does not care where you pray, how you pray, when you pray, or what you pray for; God just wants you to pray. That is what prayer is; having a conversation with your Heavenly Father. Speak to God. God is in you because his spirit lives within and you can have a conversation anytime.
Once you start praying in the morning. Start praying in the evening. Always, thank God for the blessings that are bestowed upon you. Thank God for your talents and gifts. Then start praying before you eat. Ask God to bless your food. Start working towards a healthy lifestyle full of prayer.
The bible states in Thessalonians 5:16-18, that we should pray without ceasing. It says: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Praying without ceasing is like having a conversation with your best friend all day long, and you get all the answers you need. When you pray without ceasing you learn discernment. You learn to recognize when the Holy Spirit is guiding you. Having this ability will increase your well being.
Here are some typical conversations I have with God:
Me: Good morning. Thank you for another day. I know this day will be good because you are good and you make the days. Please show me ways that I can make a difference today. In Jesus name, Amen.
Me; Should I ride my bike or go for a walk?
God: If you ride your bike you might want to stay close to home. (God is always right, my weather app showed rain that day)
Me: What should I eat? I need something healthy.
God: Have a smoothie and add some eggs.
Me: I’m bored. What should I do?
God: It’s a good time to blog.
Of course, I also ask more complicated or personal questions and pray for family or friends. When I ask questions, I wait and listen for a response. I listen to a quiet still voice. Some people may say that it is just myself answering my questions. That doesn’t make sense to me. Why would I ask myself questions if myself already knows the answers? This is why I believe God talks to me and the holy spirit guides me. You might think I’m crazy but I don’t believe that. I believe that this is what praying without ceasing is all about. It’s about having a constant conversation with God all day long. I try to pray without ceasing and therefor, I live a happier and more fulfilled life. Prayer is a really easy exercise that strengthens your faith in all things.