Spending Time In Prayer

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  1. TCGreek

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    I have always been impressed with how purposeful Jesus was in prayer. Luke says, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed" (Luke 5:16).

    1. Do you have a prayer time, whether early in the morning or late at night?

    2. Do you have a place where you resort to for this time of prayer?

    3. How long do you spend in prayer?

    4. Are you drawn closer to God through prayer?

    I'm working on a prayer series at my church, and I'll appreciate your feedback greatly.
     
  2. Bicycle9

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    I begun a morning quiet time about 3 years ago which includes prayer, Bible reading and spending time alone with God. It has changed my life. I try to spend at least an hour each morning in my study. There is no question God draws me closer to Him during this time as well as through out the day.
     
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    Awwwww now TC!!! What did you go and do this for? Don't you know this will get little if any attention? What we feed on around here is CONTROVERSY!!!!;) :p

    My prayer time is between me and my Lord. I keep it in my secret closet.

    Matthew 6:5-8 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

    I do not want to short circuit any reward I may be privileged to receive at the JSOC.:thumbs:
     
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    yes
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    I converse with god everyday which often includes prayer.



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    1. Do you have a prayer time, whether early in the morning or late at night?

    Yes, at 5 each morning. It is half hour in duration and is just prayer time..no scripture or other reading. I have a specific list of prayer needs.

    2. Do you have a place where you resort to for this time of prayer?

    In my study, which is quite private.

    3. How long do you spend in prayer?

    This is difficult to answer because prayer is not limited to a posture, but rather to a disposition. I pray in the car driving, in the woods walking and in my mind just thinking, and often in silence,,,,I say nothing and just listen,,,,my caption below my posts prolly best expresses my feelings about prayer....we say and we rush off before God speaks......and we miss a lot.

    4. Are you drawn closer to God through prayer?

    Since prayer is a continual thing it obviously draws one nearer to Him. I never did have an holy hour of prayer. If we truly believe that Jesus lives, then why not treat him in prayer as we would a human friend? It must be a living experience, in my mind.

    Cheers, and great preaching on a most important topic,

    Jim
     
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    I live 5 minutes away from my church. I go out there every day to pray and sing some old time songs of zion. Them brother put a key by the door so I can get in. I love to go out there. Some times I pray in my bedroom to. Sometime I go out there late at night. I thank praying is a very good thing to do. It is one of the most inportan things in my life.
     
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    1. Yes. In the a.m., oft-times during the day, and many times in bed during the night.

    2. Yes- my office.

    3. Not enough!

    4. Yes. Often I go to prayer discouraged and step away from the 'throne room' with a new outlook on life.
     
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    I pray when I arrive at the office. Time vaires from a quick thank you to long discussions.

    I had to learn to seek God's Will through prayer. That is the substance of my prayer time, show me your will and let it be done. Then I had to learn to trust the response to my prayers. It's not easy to keep faith that God knows what's best when the response is contrary to my request, beliefs or understandings.

    I love dealing with prayer because I believe it causes the most frustration and weakness in the heart of believers. It's ironic that every religion has some fashion of prayer yet Christians, who believe their God answers prayers, most frequently fail to pray or loose faith fastest when the answer is no.

    Personally I'm glad God gives me what I need and not what I ask. I do admit this was an aquired taste (meaning wasn't natural).
     
  9. TCGreek

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    Thanks guys for sharing from your own walk with the Lord and your agonizing in prayer. The saints shall find your input very helpful.
     
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    This is very good Brothers, my self i pray most of the time God calls on me ,for we know that we are to pray contiually without ceasing, Lord knows im not one that can say I do that, also if you get I mind pray for my wife her name is Kerri for she has not professed a hope in our Lord and Savior, may the God of heaven answer your prayers,amen
     
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    Morning, but not too early (I prefer being awake when talking with the almighty.) Some evenings as I feel led, but mostly morning. I try to maintain some regular daily disciplines of which varying aspects of prayer are part.

    On occassion I will leave my office and go to a private place when necessary. Having a private prayer closet is huge.

    We have a terrific facility where I get to serve. We have only developed a portion and there is a large undeveloped area which I can utilize. One of my favorite things to do is to stay mobile while praying and we have several larger rooms I can walk and pray aloud and read Scripture aloud.

    Varies greatly. I don't believe you have to spend a planned dedicated time (you know an hour or more a day) but can vary your time as needed to fit your needs.

    I've prayed for twenty minutes that felt like three hours, or an hour and a half that felt like five minutes.

    Certainly. Those who deny the power of prayer haven't experienced the intimacy with God that prayer creates.

    A terrific thread btw, I'm looking forward to the other replies and have deeply appreciated them already.
     
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    I pray every morning and night when I am walking my dog. I also speak to the Lord at various times throughout the day.
     
  13. TCGreek

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    I don't walk a dog, but sometimes I just go somewhere to be alone with God. Sometimes, I pray when I'm jogging.
     
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    1. I guess keeping a routine is helpful for prayer, isn't it?

    2. I've heard Piper spoke about a cubicle.

    3. I find myself doing that from time to time. There's always a sense of release and relief which follows. I usually have hands lifted at this time.

    4. I too believe it will vary, depending on the need and the occasion.

    5. I'll quote Martin Luther: "None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience."

    6. Thanks, I'm already sharing the feedback with the saints.
     
  15. ReformedBaptist

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    I pray when I am predestined to. just kiddin

    I like to pray and read Scripture out loud to the Lord. I prefer to go up to the mountains to pray. I have a walking trail behind my house. And I pray when i drive.
     
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    Do you incorporate nature in your prayers as you walk along?
     

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