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According to Dr. Richard Krejcir, “The Discipline of Prayer is the intimate pursuit and practice of the personal communication we have available between God and us. It is the spoken and unspoken confession of our Christian faith by engaging and proclaiming our complete dependence upon Christ as Lord over our lives. Prayer is not just a selfish wish list to get God to cater to our needs and whims; rather, it’s true purpose and the reason it is also a discipline is to shape us by what He has revealed, and to grow in faith, character, perseverance, and maturity. Prayer is meant to line us up in Christ and to conform us to Him, so it builds us up in Him. It makes us willing and able to express praise, worship, seek forgiveness from God, become more sensitive, confess sins, make petitions for one another, and help others to be shaped, too.”

Our prayer, as modelled in The Lord’s Prayer, should contain the elements of worship and praise to God, Confession, Thanksgiving and Petition (where we bring our requests to God).  Petition is a component of our prayers, but is only one of the components.

We are promised that God hears our prayers, that the Holy Spirit is available to us through prayer, and that God showers His grace upon us through prayer.  Prayer that includes praise and thanksgiving keeps us humble as we remember the majesty and power of our Lord.   As we build a disciplined prayer life our knowledge and understanding of our God deepens and matures.  As we become more disciplined, prayer can become an unceasing communication with God throughout our day as we:   “Rejoice always,  pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18].

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