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WHAT HELPS CAN WE OFFER for those who struggle to find time alone with God? Consider these ideas. Choose a consistent time and place. If you know that you have a quiet place of retreat for prayer, your time with the Lord can be more inviting and meaningful. In addition, build times of Sabbath or personal retreat into your schedule. Take time, perhaps once a quarter, when you know you can break out of your everyday routine and spend concentrated time in prayer and Bible reading. This practice can really accelerate your growth in prayer and give you new insights from the Lord. Give yourself permission to have regular times of retreat for prayer. . . .
Remember that the Holy Spirit works within each of us to create change. We don’t operate on the world’s philosophy of, “try a little harder, do a little better.” Instead, we submit and surrender to the Holy Spirit daily. Make your time alone with God a priority in prayer. Ask God to carve out time each day for you to meet with him. Then, watch how God answers that prayer!
– Margie Burger
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
From pages 26-27, Lord, Teach Us to Pray: A Study of Personal Prayer by Margie Burger. Copyright © 2009 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe your alone time with God. What practices are important to you as you pray? Share your thoughts.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
Psalm 130:2, NRSV
This Week: pray for students starting back to school. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
Did You Know?
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This week we remember: Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).
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