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Created for His Glory

Martin Luther once said, “As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.”
I firmly believe when you put prayer in its proper perspective it will be much easier for you to pray and to feel successful at it. As Christians, we must get to the place where we understand that prayer should not be viewed only as you asking God for something or asking God to do something.  Prayer is a way for you to grow in relationship with God.  Prayer is a way for you to tap into God’s will and live and practice it in your life.
In recent months, in my personal prayer life, I’ve spent less time asking for things and more time worshiping God. I have also spent more time than normal listening. There are times when I pray, that I do not ask for anything at all. I’ve found that as I endeavor to spend time with God giving Him glory and intently listening to what He may have to say to me, that I feel a closeness that I really like. And you know what?  I think He likes it too.
Will there be times to pray and intercede? Yes, absolutely!!! But it must be balanced with an intentional effort of getting to know the One you love. I believe we can impact the world with our prayers, and should. But we must not neglect having consistent times of intimacy with our God.
The changes I’ve made, have helped me hear His voice clearer and easier. I’ve also found that I have much clearer direction on which particular things to intercede about when the time comes to do so. (Far too often I fear we are guilty of going on auto pilot in our prayer time, instead of bring spirit-led.)
I want to challenge you this week to take time with God and don’t ask for one thing. Instead, tell Him how much He means to you and how great You think He is. Then, take time and listen. He probably has something He wants to say back to you.  After all, you were created for His glory.

“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him”. (Isaiah 43:7)

Have a blessed week.
Lisa Marshall
Strategic Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer