How does being adopted affect your prayer life?

I’m doing a Bible Study* with some girlfriends. We had three different responses to this question: How does being adopted affect your prayer life?

Here’s what we said;
~I pray with gratitude because God chose me to be in His family.
~My prayers show a strong personal bond between God and me.
~I have courage to ask for things because God is my father.

How does being adopted affect your prayer life?

*Keri Folmar, Grace – A Bible Study on Ephesians for Women, p.29

 

The Significance of a Prayer Shawl

IMG_1963I, a Christian who knows Jesus as my Messiah, was recently given this prayer shawl. Here’s why Jewish people use them:

You must make tassels for the hems of your clothing . . . When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God (Numbers 15:38-41).

Using my prayer shawl reminds me that obedience and holiness are an important part of prayer.

A New Mom’s Prayer Advice

I listened as a new mom told our very pregnant friend: “Taking care of a baby leaves little time for formal prayer. I’m learning to pray all the time; when I’m nursing, when I’m changing diapers, when I wake up at night.”

She also said, “I ask for wisdom to raise my baby boy because James 1:5 says, ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.‘”

Gratitude is Attractive

Seven things went wrong last week, all of them hard and out of her control. She prayed and asked others to pray.

This week, her problems are in the process of being solved. When I asked her what to pray, she thought and then answered, “I’m so grateful for what the Lord is doing, all I can think to say is thank you.”

It’s fun to help a person like her.