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God is more concerned about our hearts than the words we pray 

Good morning 

How do we pray 

I have been doing some work on prayer this week and it has made me think of how many ways we pray ourselves, how we receive prayer and how we accept the answers to prayer. 

God is more concerned about our hearts than the words we pray 

We come to prayer as we are and sometimes we hesitate to come to God because we feel unworthy. Our tears are prayers and matter as much, if not more, than the words we say. God is more concerned about the hearts we bring than the words we say. Psalm 42 v.3. "my tears have been my food day and night". For the psalmist the place of weeping was also the place of hunger and thirst for God. 

God answers prayer in many ways 

James 5 v.14. " Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord ". It is absolutely right to request prayer but God may answer prayer through the help of a professional. Prayer is, without doubt, my mainstay for strength to get through each day but at the moment I am having some counselling which is hard but is beginning to help me. 

God most definitely does answer those prayers on a daily basis 

Prayer for healing, both for those praying and receiving, is probably the most challenging form of prayer. There is this unconscious belief that healing will take place immediately. I have been asked on more than one occasion about how I feel that God doesn't answer the prayers for my healing. God most definitely does answer those prayers on a daily basis. According to my doctors I shouldn't be able to get out of bed or lead any sort of independent life but I do this almost every day in the power of God. Faith is not pretending that we are completely well when we are not but trusting God and being honest about the real state of our lives. 

We can always pray 

So if you are finding things hard at the moment don't for one minute think you are not in the right frame of mind to pray even if you can't find the right words. God will know you are in His presence. Your prayers are not always answered in the way you hope but that does not mean He hasn't heard you and He is with you. 

Have a good week and however you feel led to pray please be assured that God loves you and is listening to you.

As the deer pants for the water 

So my soul longs after you .... 

You alone are my strength, my shield 

To you alone may my spirit yield Amen 

Wendy Coxhill



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