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anonymous UNDERSTANDING PRAYER! April 28, 2009 9:21 AM

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anonymous  April 28, 2009 9:44 AM

ACTS 1:14
14.) THEY gathered frequently to pray as a group, together with the women, and with Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
MARK 1:35
35.) Very early the next morning, Jesus got up and went to a place where he could be alone and pray.
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anonymous  April 28, 2009 9:46 AM

There are many ways for Christians to pray and all of our prayer is worthy to Jesus; however, what we need to understand is that certain types of prayer hold certain purposes.
Sometimes we will find that one type of prayer is perfect for one type of situation and yet not for another. For instance group prayer holds great power and is a wonderful way for us to communicate to our Lord, and yet there is a time that we need to be alone with Jesus, to meditate upon the word of God and to listen quietly to what He has to say.
I wanted to bring up meditation because so many of us get caught up in our daily activities, and we become separated from the fullness of knowing God. Meditation is our way of hearing what the Holy Spirit wants us to know, our way of understanding the word of God, and our way of feeling the gentle presence of Jesus!
Mediation is like the gentle rain on a spring day. We all know that farmers and gardeners love a gentle, long lasting rain for their crops and gardens. A gentle rains really soaks into the ground and instead of running off into a ditch or elsewhere it reaches the thirsty roots of a plant. This is what happens with meditation. God's words are not just washed off with distractions and the business of life but soak into your mind, heart and soul. That answer you have been searching for will finally become apparent, and you will finally realize the fullness of the presence of Jesus.
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anonymous  April 28, 2009 9:57 AM

When you decide to start meditation in the Lord, you will need to find a place where you can be alone.  If you live with a Christian family, everyone can choose the same time and practice this time with God as a family.  This makes everything a whole lot easier.  The children especially benefit from this, learning good habits for their future lives. Of course small children can not sit still for very long; so as a parent, you might have to choose another time when you can truly meditate upon the Lord. Still you can teach small children to sit for a few minutes and think about Jesus!:) If they can not do it, I wouldn't make a big deal of it, when they are older they will be able to.
If it is possible, find and create a room that is used for nothing but to pray, meditate and worship Jesus. This will help you to be regular in your prayers. You should have a chair and a table, or a small, simple alter. Some people might feel more comfortable with a rug and a candle,  a bean bag, a blanket, or a pillow. If your like me you can not even get on the floor; or if I did, I wouldn't be able to get back up :), but whatever works for you is fine.
2.] Try to pray in this room or area, at the same time each day, if possible. This will also help you to become more consistent in your prayers. It is a very good practice to do this. If this is not possible try to find some times which are easier for you. You can pray as long as you wish, but try to spend at least a certain amount of time each prayer session, so that you are not rushed.
3.] You may read from the bible if you want, before you begin, and in fact this may be a good idea, so that the word, can really soak into you. And you may even use this as a worship time, also; however, you really need to be sure you save some time to meditate.

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anonymous  April 28, 2009 9:58 AM

If you do not have a room to meditate in you might have to use your bedroom, or perhaps if you have an enclosed porch, that will do. A corner of a room is just as good as long as it is large enough for you to it a chair in it.  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  April 29, 2009 9:53 PM

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