FOR GOD EVERY DAY IS “LISTENING DAY”
The Savior is ready to hear your prayers. What a privilege to take everything to the Lord in prayer.
- “Your compassionate Redeemer is watching you with love and sympathy, ready to hear your prayers and to render you the assistance which you need. He knows the burdens of every mother's heart and is her best friend in every emergency. His everlasting arms support the God-fearing, faithful mother. When upon earth, He had a mother that struggled with poverty, having many anxious cares and perplexities, and He sympathizes with every Christian mother in her cares and anxieties. That Saviour who took a long journey for the purpose of relieving the anxious heart of a woman whose daughter was possessed by an evil spirit will hear the mother's prayers and will bless her children.
- “He who gave back to the widow her only son as he was carried to the burial is touched today by the woe of the bereaved mother. He who wept tears of sympathy at the grave of Lazarus and gave back to Martha and Mary their buried brother; who pardoned Mary Magdalene; who remembered His mother when He was hanging in agony upon the cross; who appeared to the weeping women and made them His messengers to spread the first glad tidings of a risen Saviour—He is woman's best friend today and is ready to aid her in all the relations of life.
- “No work can equal that of the Christian mother. She takes up her work with a sense of what it is to bring up her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. How often will she feel her burden's weight heavier than she can bear; and then how precious the privilege of taking it all to her sympathizing Saviour in prayer!”—Ellen G. White, Adventist Home, p. 204
HOW TO PRAY FOR AN HOUR
An hour each day—for one year.
That’s more than forty-five days of eight hours per day! Imagine arranging your schedule to allow for six weeks each year to pray. And what a difference it makes. More prayer, more power. Little prayer, little power.
“The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth or the favour of men. They are victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty arm of power.” —Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 203
Here’s a wonderful way to help you stay on course. If you take only five minutes for each of these prayer methods, you will have spent one hour. You’ll come away refreshed, steadied, encouraged, empowered, because He has promised, and He is faithful.
- Praise. Recognize God’s nature. – Psalm 63:2
- Waiting. Silent soul surrender. He will quiet your heart. – Psalm 46:10
- Confession. Temple cleansing time. He brings peace. – Psalm 139:23
- Scripture praying. Word-enriched prayer. – Jeremiah 23:29
- Watching. Developing holy alertness. – Colossians 4:2
- Intercession. Remember those around you, and the world. – 1 Timothy 2:1,2
- Petition. Share your specific personal needs with God. – Matthew 7:7
- Thanksgiving. Confess specific blessings of all kinds. – 1 Thessalonians. 5:18
- Singing. Worship in song. Use prayer songs. – Psalm 100:2
- Meditation. Ponder words of scripture and Spirit of Prophecy. – Joshua 1:8
- Listening. Receive spiritual instruction from God. – Ecclesiastes 5:2
- Praise. Begin and end prayer with the focus on God. – Psalm 52:9
Written by Heather Haworth, Women’s Ministries director for the British Union Conference, Trans-European Division
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