I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him. (Ephesians 1:17 NRSV)

Prayer is the spiritual dialogue that takes place between us and God. Our prayers are not just about listing our wants. Prayer is about building a relationship with God. How do we build stronger relationships with our spouses and friends? We do it through conversation and spending time together. We build our relationship with God through prayer.

When Sally in the PEANUTS cartoon strip was called on in Sunday School to lead her class in prayer, she adapted the only prayer she knew: "Now I lay me down to sleep...." I often have people tell me they don't know what to say in their prayer time with God. If you fall into that category, remember that prayer is a conversation. Have a conversation with God like you would with your spouse or a close friend. If you still have trouble, recite the Lord's prayer. There are also prayers and meditations in books you can purchase. A good devotion guide can also be very helpful in having a conversation with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing." To me, this scripture means that we are to live our life as a prayer.

When we live by prayer. We live in God's grace and presence.

Loving God, help me to spend quality time in getting to know you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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