Daily Devotional – 5/7/15 “Never stop praying!”

On this “National Day of Prayer,” are you praying? On the day before the “National Day of Prayer,” did you pray? On the days, weeks or months before the “National Day of Prayer,” did you pray? You do know that prayer is simply a personal conversation with your Father, don’t you? Yea, you don’t have to babble on (God knows) or go all kinds of details about what your problems are (God knows) because all you need to do is talk to your Father. This is why 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Never stop praying.” Or in the King James Translation it says, “Pray without ceasing.” See, we ought to have God so embedded in our spirit that prayer resonates from within us without us even mumbling a word. We ought, as children of God, to have Him so in us that prayer should continually be a part of us and not just on a day that man has deemed a National Day of Prayer. We ought to have God so in us that prayer should be as natural as breathing. In Ephesians 6:18, Paul says, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Baby, it doesn’t matter that you don’t know what to pray for, open your mouth. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know every scripture in the bible, go before the Lord in prayer. The bible says in Romans 8:26, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” It’s not about how you pray as long as you pray.

And if you’re still having problems figuring out how to pray, I’ll tell you where to start; begin in the word of God; for the bible says in Matthew 6:9:13, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy 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, for ever. Amen.” See, it doesn’t take much to pray to our Father. Have a simple conversation and allow the Holy Spirit to intercede on your behalf. God will do the rest when you come before Him with a clean heart. Pray without ceasing. Don’t take for granted the chances you’ve been given to pray because you might not be granted another chance!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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