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I come to you in the Name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I come to you with a heart of thanksgiving. A long list, which cannot be listed in totality. But for starters: I thank you for all the good things in my life, for you are the Creator of all things good, and the giver of every good and perfect gift. Father, I thank you for your presence; for in your presence is the fullness of joy and in your presence I am complete and whole. In your presence, Father, I have purpose and feel loved.
Thank you! Lord, thank you for your plan for me to live an abundant life and enjoy it to overflowing through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for saving me and empowering me with your Holy Spirit.
Thank you for your provision, that all my needs are met according to your riches in glory, and that I may prosper in all areas of my life as my soul prospers.
Father, thank you for my family and friends; my neighbors and my community.
Thank you for a loving church family and a pastor with a heart of love and compassion for people.
Thank you for this country and our freedoms that are often taken for granted. Father, thank you for Your protection…protecting me and my family, and all those acquainted with me and that I associate with.
Thank you for Thank you your peace that passes understanding. The peace that keeps me calm and secure through difficult times and challenging experiences.
Thank you, Father, for your written Word that instructs me and comforts me. Father, thank you for salvation through faith in Christ. Father, thank you for my life of victory in you. I am grateful.
Thank you for every person who reads this prayer. Thank you that they are alive and able to read it.
And above all, thank you just because you are God, the Creator and deserve all thanks, praise, honor and glory. Thank you for EVERYTHING!
With our busy lives, scheduling appointments, setting reminders, and recording voice memos to remind ourselves about important events and priorities have become part of our normal routine. Usually, the appointments we set are the most important and we want to make sure we don’t forget them. In other words, what’s important to us, we schedule it in — appointments with our physicians, business partners, lunch dates, anyone and anything of importance. I’m sure you know the direction I’m headed by now…
How important is spending time with God to you? Is it a priority? It’s so easy to rush through the day and not MAKE time to pray.
Here are three suggestions to help you develop good prayer habits?
- Plan to pray. Set an appointment to meet with your heavenly Father. He desires to spend time with you. “Quickie” prayers have their place, but quality time talking and meditating in the Presence of God is like having a satisfying, full-course meal of your favorite foods.
- Choose the best time (You may even want to consult with Him about your appointment time). Select a specific time of the day, and commit personal prayer.
Personally, I am not a “morning” person, which simply means I don’t like to get up early, especially that I’m retired and don’t have to share freeway space in traffic jams. I’m a night owl! However, you may be just the opposite…an early morning person. So choose the best time for you. Ideally, morning is the best because we have been refreshed after the previous night’s rest. Early morning time is an excellent way to start your day with a fresh outlook, and the Holy Spirit can prepare you to meet the demands of the day. Also, early morning prayer time is an opportunity to present your plans for the day to the Lord.
- Be consistent. Whatever, time you choose, make a commitment to keep the appointment. Respect the time you’ve set as valuable as if you were going to your doctor appointment or a business meeting. Being consistent helps you to become disciplined. If you’re a Christian, and spending time with God is not your highest priority, your relationship with Him will suffer. I should warn you, if you set an appointment to meet God, He expects you to keep the appointment.
Ultimately, be intentional about pursuing God. If you want to grow spiritually, be strong in the Lord, grow in the knowledge of God the Father, and have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, spending regular and consistent time with Him, is absolutely essential.