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Tools For the Journey

  • A sincere heart and a contrite spirit
  • Daily heartfelt prayer
  • pen and paper

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As part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us how to pray –

‘…Our Father, which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy name.

They kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.’ 

Matthew 6:9-13

I remember as a young teenager, attending secondary school and every morning we would have an assembly and during this time we were expected to recite this prayer out loud. This prayer, which is recited the world over by Christians everywhere, is known as the Lord’s prayer. Simple words, which when i was younger meant nothing to me, they were only words.

I no longer recite the Lord’s Prayer daily, but that does not mean that I do not prayer, for i certainly do. As I grew-up I learnt a new way to prayer, it is based around these simple outlines –

‘Dear Heavenly Father…

I thank thee….then i list the things i am thankful for.

I ask thee…then I request blessings for others and myself

In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen’

When we pray with a sincere heart and a contrite Spirit we open the way for answers to be given through the Holy Ghost or indeed through earth angels, who come in guise of our friends and family. I no longer repeat the same words over and over again every day, for once a prayer is said I know the Lord has heard it and will answer in His time. And should always prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes our prayers may not be answered in the way we want them to be and sometimes the answers seem to take a long time to come. Over the years, I have learnt that the Lord as a plan for all of us and if we surrender to his will and pray daily for strength and courage we will be given the blessings that we need, at the time that is right for us. Remember. always that Heavenly Father already knows what it is we need, what we are going to ask Him for, He is just waiting for us to ask Him.

Keep your prayers simple, to point and try not to keep repeating the same thing over and over again, and it is alright to ponder upon what you want to say, before you kneel to prayer.

To Do List

  1. Write a list of 10 things you want to thank your Heavenly Father for.
  2. Write a list 10 blessings you would want to ask your Heavenly Father for.
  3. Use these lists to prayer daily.
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