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Daily Reading: Numbers 11:24-13:33 ESV, Mark 14:22-52 ESV, Psalm 52:1-9 ESV, Proverbs 11:1-3 ESV

Daily Verse: “And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” (Mark 14:32 ESV)

PROSEUCHOMAI (4336): “To pray to God, i.e., supplicate, worship.  Always used of “prayer” to God and is the most frequent word used in this respect.”[I]

Continual conversation.

Jesus, preparing for the days to come, deliberately slipped away from people to spend time with God.  The connection between Father and Son remained strong because of their continual conversation.  No matter what the relationship, communication determines its depth.  The more we talk with God, the deeper our relationship will become.

“Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” (Psalm 139:4 ESV)

Pray confidently.

God knows your thoughts as well as your words.  When you pray silently, it counts.  Some of my most heartfelt prayers had no audible sounds.  Sighs and groans communicate the longings of our soul only God can understand.  Whether speaking audibly or silently conversing, God hears all prayers.

Praying to God, hopefully, will become natural for you. Jesus went to the Father first and foremost because the Son knew the source of His power; our strength comes from the same place.  We access God’s energy when we commune with Him through prayer.  Only when we stop and talk to God can we receive His answers.  Our purpose in life comes as we seek God diligently, allowing Him to lead the way.

Pray continuously as your day unfolds.  Tell God what’s going on in your life, listen for His response.  Ask Him to open the doors you need open, close ones that will lead you astray.  One step at a time, God will guide you on the journey.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 213) Thomas Nelson

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