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Prayers that avail much...

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. -Philippians 4:6

I grew up in a church where the same prayers were recited year after year, specific to whatever the date was on the church calendar. Some of the reciting became so routine it was easy to forget the meaning and parrot the words with some sort of 'religiosity.'

Even as a Christian for many years, my prayer life was often little-to-none as I sought to run my life as I saw fit and rationalize many of my poorer decisions along the way.

Somewhere along the line I came to the realization that prayer is as much (if not more so) an important part of my daily walk as worship, Bible study or giving of my time and resources to others. My life with Jesus began with a prayer and is sustained by prayer.

The title of this post is also the title of a book of Scripture-based prayers compiled by Germaine Copeland. This book as been around for more than 25 years and has morphed into several editions specific to certain groups (men, women, etc.) along the way. I recently picked up a copy at a Christian bookstore (the 25th anniversary edition) and find it a useful tool in my daily prayer life and devotional time.

Many people observe the lenten season on the liturgical calendar by 'giving something up.' How about observing His resurrection by adding something? I have decided that something this year should be more time in prayer with Him.

Pray without ceasing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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