Posted by: Brian Musser | January 14, 2013

Praying with Others

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 1 Prayer (Day 7)

The goal of this devotional is to develop the spiritual disciplines and habits over the next 35 days that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives for the better.  Is that what you want?  Are you willing to join me in the journey?  If so let’s begin.

The first step of our journey is prayer.  Prayer is simply talking to God.  Prayer is best learned by praying and by hearing others pray.  Throughout the New Testament we see the example of believers praying together.

Acts 2:42 (NIV)  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Acts 2:42 is just one of those references.  Hopefully, as you’ve been praying you have found someone to pray with you.  I mentioned in the introduction that it would be good for you to have a mentor and/or peer to pray with on a daily basis, especially at the very beginning of this journey.  It is also extremely good for you to be in the context of a local community of Christians, a church, so that you can learn how to develop your prayer life from the community.  (If you are part of the Drexel community and need to find either a partner to work with you through this devotional and/or a local church to connect with feel free to contact me directly.  That is what I am here for.)

As you pray don’t be afraid to solicit the prayers of your prayer partner for you, your devotional life and your specific requests.  As you pray don’t be afraid to ask your local church to pray for you as well.  In your own prayers you are asking God to bless others.  Make sure that you do not neglect to ask others to pray to God on your behalf.  Today as we visit our continuing conversation with God, what are the things that we are praying about that we need to ask others to join us in prayer?  As we go through the five things that we are making a part of our habitual prayer routine hopefully they are beginning to become comfortable to you as we transition from one thing to the next.

  1. Praise God for who He is.
  2. Ask God to forgive us of our sins.
  3. Ask God to bless us.
  4. Ask God to bless others.
  5. Thank God for the good things He has done for us.

Hopefully, during the remainder of this devotional we will be able to make praying those five things a lifelong habit.  We have prayed for an entire week.   Tomorrow we start week two and our conversation about reading the Bible!

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