Being a Prayer Warrior

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Praying should be a regular part of everyday life. It is a Biblical command to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). The Puritans made a habit of pursuing a rigorous prayer life.

Yes, busyness can get in the way. But a morning quiet time is a good place to start. Are you praying for a breakthrough in your family / marriage? At work? A career or personal goal? It starts on your knees, before the Lord.

Aside from the Lord’s prayer (Matt. 6:9-13), which helps us formulate our own, I appreciate Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

The Lord can change circumstances in our lives, but other aspects remain the same. Trials come and go. But our faith should not. This Serenity Prayer has been the mainstay of many 12-step programs, like Alcoholics Anonymous.

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