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Beyond Today: Walking With God: Prayer

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Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If you were raised by religious parents, this may have been one of your childhood prayers. Maybe this is a prayer you've taught to your children. Sadly, some have progressed very little from this memorized poem in praying as adults. They still recited memorized lines, assuming that this fulfills the Biblical admonition to pray. What about prayer? Is it supposed to be daily recitation? Is God pleased when we recite memorized prayers to beads, wheels or chains? Do these things really hep us and advance us spiritually? On the other hand, some skeptics think prayer is just an exercise in making yourself feel nothing more than a psychological and physiological response that comes when the mind is more relaxed and doing what it thinks it should. Their view seems to be that if you believe praying will help you, your mind convinces your body that this is true and then you receive a few small physiological benefits but nothing more. Do you find yourself struggling with an emptiness that can't be filled? Is it a struggle to get your life on track - making it work to produce happiness and contentment? Then perhaps it is time to step back and realize this life works better if God is involved. Talking to your Creator in regular, heartfelt prayer brings another dimension to your life. A missing dimension that begins to fill the emptiness we often feel. Your world can be easier to deal with when you begin to walk with God in confident, believing and active prayer. Do you know how to pray? Do you know what kind of prayers God will listen to? Did you know that the Bible actually talks about prayers given by hypocrites, prayers that God will not listen to. But the same book says that God hears the humble and those who have deep respect for His Word. If you've not been a praying person, would it be important to find out the benefits of praying and then ask for the same help the disciples did when they said "Lord, teach us to pray"? And if you've been a praying person, wouldn't it be good to learn how to pray more effectively? You can learn to pray in a way that changes your life. Prayer is more than just memorized sayings that we repeat over and over. Prayer is your lifeline to the Creator God. Isn't it time to start making prayer a part of your life? You've tried everything else, why not now try prayer? For Beyond Today, I'm Darris McNeely.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 26 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: United Church of God, an International Association
Director: www.beyondtoday.tv
Views: 192
Posted by: beyondtodaytv on Apr 30, 2008

Do you find yourself struggling with an emptiness that can't be filled? Is it a struggle to get your life on track, making it work to produce happiness and contentment? Then perhaps it is time to step back and realize this life works better if God is involved.

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