Prayer and Study
Other opportunities for Prayer and Study on our AFC
- Bible Study
- Daily Scripture Readings
- Finding Forever
- Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
5 Things to Know About Prayer (Praying Scripture for a Change)
- God speaks directly to YOU in the Bible.
- You CAN overcome the obstacles keeping you from a consistent and fruitful prayer life.
- The ancient method of lectio divina gives us an easy-to-follow game plan for reading and praying the Bible in a way that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
- You can learn true Christian meditation, which is different from Eastern types of meditation.
- Everyone—not just saints and mystics—can truly reach mystical union with God.
An Active Prayer Life (www.griefshare.org)
How can you know what God is saying to you if you only take time to listen every once in a while? Or if your prayers are mechanical and rushed? Or if the motivations behind your prayers are entirely self-serving?
Pray and listen. Daily, hourly. Pray and listen for His voice every morning when you wake up, throughout the day as you fulfill your daily tasks, and when you turn off the light at night.
First Thessalonians 5:17 instructs you to “pray continually.” What does that mean to you? The task may seem frustratingly impossible, but, praise God, it doesn’t have to be so.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26).
God’s Spirit lives within those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior. He knows your struggles, and He also knows the sincere desires of your heart. Praying continually in the Spirit is as easy as breathing. When you breathe in, whisper a prayer—a praise, a thank-you, an endearment, a cry, a question, or a fear.
Take a deep, relaxing breath right now and pray:
Holy Spirit, fill me; move through me; intercede with the Father for me; open my ears and quiet my heart to hear You today. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.