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Prayer (third in a series)

The second reason someone may not be readily thankful is that they don’t think they have much for which to give thanks. He or she may also assume everyone else has it better in life than they do. I’ve often found myself in this category – polishing up my list of grievances instead of giving thanks for my blessings. On many occasions, when things would go wrong in my life my first response would be to feel sorry for myself. This is a dangerous spiritual trap; just as dangerous as pride. Continue reading

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Prayer (second in a series)

Continually offering praise has the added benefit of placing us in the right frame of mind about God. I’ll be honest with you, I’m forgetful when it comes to remembering all God has done. So, by praising the Lord regularly, throughout the day, I am bringing to mind again and again these truths: 1) nothing is impossible for God; 2) he can overcome anything that threatens to harm me, and 3) God is working on my behalf despite my sins. So praising God reminds us there is no one more powerful in the universe than our Lord – and we can take our concerns straight to him. Continue reading

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Prayer (first in a series)

People often ask me for advice about prayer, either because they find it difficult to pray, or because their habit of prayer has become stale. I can certainly sympathize with these struggles. For years my prayer life was lackluster, at best, until I discovered that praise and thanksgiving are essential components of prayer. Both had been missing from my prayers. Learning how and why to offer praise and thanksgiving revolutionized my prayer life and drew me closer to the Lord. Continue reading

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