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An Attitude of Prayer

It’s a New Day

1 Corinthians 2:12 – Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

“Do not be discouraged at your faults; bear with yourself in correcting them, as you would with your neighbor. Lay aside this ardor of mind, which exhausts your body, and leads you to commit errors. Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupations. Speak, move, work, in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be. Do everything without excitement, by the spirit of grace. As soon as you perceive your natural impetuosity gliding in, retire quietly within, where is the kingdom of God. Listen to the leadings of grace, then say and do nothing but what the Holy Spirit shall put in your heart. You will find that you will become more tranquil, that your words will be fewer and more effectual, and that, with less effort, you will accomplish more good”. - FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON. (From Daily Strength For Daily Needs compiled by Mary Tiletson)

Dear Friends – When you think of prayer what is the first thing that comes to mind? Are you reminded of church buildings, church pews, the most reverent of settings perhaps, kneeling, head bowed, bathed in the multicolored glow of the stained glass? All of these are beautiful places to experience a spiritual encounter with our God but God is interested in our fellowship with Him at any given moment, any time day or night. The attitude of prayer is not in the building or the posture of the body, but is an attitude of the heart.

The above referenced paragraph by Francois De La Mothe Fenelon is simply profound in its most basic form and description of prayer. It is so to-the-point and truthful. I can find nothing in that short paragraph that was left out regarding the attitude of prayer, its importance in our daily lives, and ultimately that love and “leadings of grace” the Holy Spirit deposits in every heart as we pray.

Scripture says to enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and to enter His courts with praise. Truly the depressed and anxious spirit may struggle with this. When one finds they are in a furnace of trials and tribulations, a furnace heated seven times hotter, it may seem impossible to approach God with thanksgiving and praise in our heart and on our lips. But God longs to fellowship with us. He is interested in every aspect of our lives. His Holy Spirit has been sent to “come alongside” us, to comfort us, to instruct us as scripture says in 1 Corinthians 2:10 - But God hath revealed them (the things which He has prepared for us) unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Yes God inhabits the praises of His people and though sometimes we find difficult or even unseemly to utter praise in times of seeming defeat and failure, what greater time, my friends? And it is in midst of seeming defeat and failure that offering a sacrifice of praise that prayers are so acknowledged and the Holy Spirit deposits that “greatness” on the inside of us we would have otherwise missed. We praise Him even though we feel emotionally distraught. We thank Him for what He’s doing in our lives and the gift of another day believing with all that we are that He is in absolute control and loves us enough to see us through to a glorious victory through faith in His Son Jesus.

Become so acquainted with the attitude of prayer that you are praying in your heart continually. Let the fellowship with God be a time of giving love and receiving love. Yes we have our petitions but He is already aware of these before we even ask. Yes we have needs for which only God can supply, healing for hurts that are so much bigger than our hearts can handle. But beloved, when we stay in prayer about anything and everything, humbly, quietly, with an attitude that the Holy Spirit is right there hanging on our every word and depositing truths within us as

we pray, the calmness this imparts! Peace and tranquility begin to have the upper hand rather than fear, anxiousness and doubting. So we can put aside the discouragement of our failures, our doubts, and our fears, for reasoning this all out will lead one to exhaustion. God is aware of all things in our lives. He knows all about us, inside and out, nothing is hidden from Him. He will give us the answers He desires for us, that’s His privilege for being God, and meantime we must not fret or pace to the point of distraction and losing our way.

I’ve often heard the phrase “pray it through”. It may not seem to carry much weight – pray it through – don’t we usually do that? But this kind of “praying it through” means to maintain an attitude of prayer until peace comes about a situation. This kind of praying is not a distraction but a resting in the grace and mercy of God, a soul rest as one prays knowing God is working things out, God is in control, His way is best, and His way is on the way.

Scripture says in Psalms 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”. So believe that it is truly a new day for you. Forget the failures and disillusionments, the confusion and strife's of your yesterdays. By the grace of God, seeking God's truth in all things, deal with them and move on. Maintain an attitude of prayer in your heart and let that peace and tranquility settle in and bring calmness to your daily life. Begin to rejoice in the gift of another day. Put away anything that keeps you from receiving all that a loving God wants to give you. Believe to the overcoming of discouragement and depression. Believe that God is for you and not against you and His will is that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. Be blessed this day and every day on your spiritual journey to wholeness, wholeness and health in your mind, body and spirit. Blessed to be a blessing!

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