Why is Listening to God in Prayer Important?

Listening is an essential part of communication, it is just as important to listen as it is to share. Have you ever experienced a one-sided relationship with someone who wants to talk about themselves all the time, but never seems to be interested in what you have to say? If you have, then you will know how difficult it is to deepen that friendship. When that is true of our personal relationships how much more important is it to develop the skill of listening to God in prayer as well as talking to Him.

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Do Not Be Anxious About Anything

It is so easy to say don’t worry when life is good and everything is going well. But we can all experience those times when problems appear and soon we can start to feel overwhelmed. Scripture tells us, ‘do not be anxious about anything,’ because the Lord knows that it is our tendency to fret about those things that are out of our control. The Scripture doesn’t end there, though, we are told how we can be released from fear and undue anxiety – to bring everything, and everyone, to God in prayer.

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Psalms For Evening Prayer

The psalms were written as conversation with God, where the psalmists express freely their thoughts and feelings. This is the true nature of prayer with honest heartfelt expression, and there is no formula required. Often the psalms vocalise remembrance of God’s saving acts on behalf of His people which brings a change of perspective. As we wind down at the end of the day it is good to recall what God has done for us and to realign our thinking with the truth of God’s word. Using the psalms for evening prayer is an ideal way of doing this.

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Psalms for Morning Prayer

The Psalms were written with the purpose of drawing people into conversation with God, designed to be spoken and sung. They teach us so much about the nature of prayer and praise from their example of honest expression. The psalmists don’t hold back, but pour out their heartfelt concerns to God with deep and searching questions. Often we see a progression, from questioning to remembering God’s past faithfulness, leading to worship. Psalms for morning prayer have the power to change our perspective right at the start of the day.

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Praying for our children – 7 Pointers for Persistence

As parents we have a lifelong calling to be praying for our children, which starts from the moment that they are born and we first dedicate them to the Lord. When they are babies, and young children, the physical demands of caring can be exhausting. And when they become teenagers, and young adults, the emotional burden can become draining. But Scripture teaches us that as we wait, trust, and hope in the Lord, we can receive new strength.

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“Put My Tears in Your Bottle” What Does it Mean?

This unusual phrase ‘Put my tears in Your bottle’ is found in Psalm 56, and it is part of a heart felt prayer for God’s help. This was written by David at a time when his life was under threat, so much so that he felt as if he was just one step away from death. He had run for his life from danger to what he thought might be a safe place. But instead he found himself surrounded by those who were not his allies, and his life was once again at risk – definitely a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire!

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