Thursday, January 12, 2023

Begin Your Year With Prayer

 Prayers? Is there a certain time of day that you need to pray? Morning, noon, bedtime? Is there a specific place that you need to pray? What do you pray?


When to Pray?


God is not concerned with what time of day it might be. If you have a need that is weighing heavy on your heart, open your mouth and tell Him about it. Shoot, be like me and walk around throughout your day, continually talking with Him. He wants a relationship with you and talking with Him in prayer will bring you closer to Him.


Where to pray?


I have a prayer closet. I love it! I know that I can sneak off in there any time that I just need to be alone with the Lord. However, if I am being honest, here, I hardly ever use the space anymore. I "try" once a week, but I have so many pains now that getting up from my "Big Joe" bean bag chair is not easy to do. Anyway, I do want to mention that you do not neccessary need a prayer closet (unless you have a house full). You can just walk outside and have alone time with the Lord as you spend time absorbing the beauty of nature that He has provided. 






What to pray?


As for what to pray, again, I will say that if you have a need that is weighing heavy on your heart, open your mouth and talk. Just remember that as He wants to hear from you, He also wants for you to hear Him.  When you talk to Him, practice allowing time for yourself to listen.



Prayers to Begin Your Year 



I have taken a few of the verses that I provided earlier in the week  and made prayers with them. There is something wonderful about taking His Word and praying it back to Him.



Psalm 65:11 NIV



You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.





Father, I thank You for blessing this new year with Your harvest and for the promise of ending this year with an overflow of abundance. In Jesus' name, Amen. - Psalm 65:11



Psalm 29:11 NIV



The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.




Father, thank You for increasing my strength and for blessing me with peace. Whenever I face something new, I hesitate because of uncertainty. Please forgive me. Thank You for being my source of strength. In Jesus' name, Amen. - Psalm 29:11



Psalm 16:5-6 ESV



The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.





Father, thank You for being everything that I need. Thank You for making my life, and my future secure. I am so thankful for all that You have given me and for all that I have received from You. In Jesus' name, Amen. - Psalm 16:5-6







Leviticus 26:10 NLT



You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to clear out the old grain to make room for the new harvest!




Father, I thank You for being Jehovah Jireh  - The God Who Provides. Thank You for providing everything that I will need as I go throughout this year. Thank You for not only meeting my needs, but also for providing such an overflow that I will need to clear out the old to make room for the new. In Jesus' name, Amen. - Leviticus 26:10



Isaiah 46:4 NIV



Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.




Even to my old age and my gray hairs, You are the One, You are the One Who will sustain me. You made me and You will carry me; You will sustain me and You will rescue me. - Isaiah 46:4



~~ The next prayer is just a rearranged compilation of the prayers listed above. Just wanted you to see that you can pray your verses by themselves, but you can also put them together. ~~






Father, I thank You for being Jehovah Jireh  - The God Who Provides. Thank You for providing everything that I will need as I go throughout this year. Thank You for not only meeting my needs, but also for providing such an overflow that I will need to clear out the old to make room for the new. I thank You for blessing this new year with Your harvest and for the promise of ending this year with an overflow of abundance. Thank You for increasing my strength and for blessing me with peace. Whenever I face something new, I hesitate because of uncertainty. Please forgive me. Thank You for being my source of strength. Even to my old age and my gray hairs, You are the One, You are the One Who will sustain me. You made me and You will carry me; You will sustain me and You will rescue me. Father, thank You for being everything that I need. Thank You for making my life, and my future secure. I am so thankful for all that You have given me and for all that I have received from You. In Jesus' name, Amen. - Leviticus 26:10 - Psalm 65:11 - Psalm 29:11 - Isaiah 46:4 - Psalm 16:5-6



What's next? 



Verses on being thankful/grateful.




Blessings, 




Leigha 

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