It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last at night. Guard yourself carefully against those false, deluding ideas which tell you, “Wait a little while. I will pray in an hour; first I must attend to this or that.” Such thoughts get you away from prayer into other affairs which so hold your attention and involve you that nothing comes of prayer for that day . . . When your heart has be warmed by such recitation to yourself [of the Ten Commandments, the words of Christ, etc.] and is intent upon the matter, kneel or stand with your hands folded and your eyes toward heaven and speak or think as briefly as you can:
O Heavenly Father, dear God, I am a poor unworthy sinner. I do not deserve to raise my eyes or hands toward thee or to pray. But because thou has commanded us all to pray and hast promised to hear us and through thy dear Son Jesus Christ hast taught us both how and what to pray, I come to thee in obedience to thy word, trusting in thy gracious promise. I pray in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ together with all thy saints and Christians on earth as he has taught us: “Our Father who art” . . . through the whole prayer, word for word.
And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
Nine of our regular attendees were present at Midweek School on the Wednesday night we wrote this Lenten Devotion. We asked for a response to four questions about “Praying.” Since we are studying the New Testament this year, we covered two chapters where Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray. Good answers were expected.
When do you pray?
7 – Before bed 5 – In church
3 – Before meals 2 – In times of need
2 – When I’m sad 1 – Every morning
1 – During a quiz or test at school
Why do you pray?
4 – To give thanks 3 – The health of my family
2 – For forgiveness 2 – For friends who need prayers
The following were all mentioned once:
for food when I’m sad when I need to
when I feel like it for recent events for people in need
for upcoming events for stressful things
that my family and friends in heaven are having a good time
to help me not worry so much
How do you pray?
Ryan: I sit down in my bed.
Camille: I pray with my faith.
Tyler: I kneel on the floor by my bed.
Griffin: I interlock my hands and bow my head.
Luke: I kneel and close my eyes and put my hands together.
Mia: Thank God, Ask, Listen, Thank God.
Alina: I pray by whispering prayers to myself.
Sofia: I pray next to my bed or sitting on the couch, I pray whispering out loud or in my head.
Isabel: I fold my hands or hold hands and bow my head.
What makes it hard for you to pray?
Ryan & Griffin: When it’s loud or noisy.
Tyler: When you have to go to bed.
Camille, Sofia & Alina: When someone is passing by. When people are talking. When people are around because I feel embarrassed.
A Note from Mrs. Gillam: We do pray in Midweek School at the beginning and end of each class. I hope that when they said “praying in church” they were including Midweek. You can be sure we’ll be talking about it.
Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that the answers offered here by these 5th and 6th graders are acceptable in your sight. We all pray that the words of Martin Luther regarding prayer will help us all to improve when pray, why we pray, how we pray and remove what gets in our way of praying. Amen.
Make a list about what would make it difficult to live simply. Put a coin in your bank, for each item.