Prayer is conversation with God. It is a way to strengthen our relationship with our Father. As we grow in our love for Jesus, we will desire to increasingly and unceasingly talk to Him.
Prayer Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God (Phillippians 4:6)
Prayer expands beyond mere words spoken to God. Thought and emotions are also part of prayer. Prayer is most effective when what I say, think, feel, and do is aligned with that for which I pray. With awareness, intention, and practice, I develop and strengthen my prayer habit as a holistic and constant aspect of how I approach life. I live life as a prayer. "Devote yourselves to prayer" (Colossians 4:2)
Prayer needs a balance of praise, intercession, thanksgiving, and confession. Praying for one another is our calling as we journey in faith together. Intercession is a daily service we owe to God and our brother. It's a gift of God's grace. It can happen in worship as well as while driving to work. Praying Christians pray anytime and anywhere, and they truly make a difference. When praying for others or asking for prayer, our bond of unity is strengthened. Praying for one another is an important part of fulfilling Christ's command to love one another each day.
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete (John 16:23-24)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Prayer is comprehendible communication with God, not a mystical meditation.
Spirituality Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Serving the Lord characterizes the mature, spiritual Christian. We serve Him in prayer, praise, worship, and the Word of God. We serve Him in loving and serving others. And we serve Him in commitment to His Church and its multifaceted ministries. Spiritual men and women hear from God through the Holy Spirit. This type of sensitivity to the Lord's voice requires an active prayer life. Spirituality is an awareness of the sacredness of everything.
Some marks of the biblically spiritual man or woman are:
A love of God's word
A life not lived in ongoing slavery to sin
Holy lives, pleasing to the Lord
Fervor and zeal in serving the Lord
An active prayer life
Spiritual insight into the things of God
Speaking by that spiritual insight, not by human wisdom
Being peacemakers and unifiers, not dividers
Ministering spiritual gifts according to the Bible's instructions
Being restorers, not condemners, of those overtaken by sin
At the same time, being watchful lest temptations overtake us
The spiritual mind produces life and peace
The term "spirituality" originally developed within early Christianity, referring to a life oriented toward the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual understanding is accessed when I am prayerfully centered in the energy of my heart. It is not always specific, and it may not seem immediately relevant. Spiritual understanding provides me with a feeling of security and peace, a sense of being exactly where I am meant to be at any given moment. It guides me through every choice I make. In faith, I know that God's power is greater than any circumstance, and I call upon that energy for every choice or decision.