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7 Sneaky Ways Satan Stops You from Praying

We start our morning with good intentions to have our devotional or quiet time with the Lord, and then somehow, the day slips away before we ever get around to it. We promise ourselves we’ll make time to pray before bed, but then exhaustion or sleepiness overtakes us, and soon we’re sound asleep.Satan doesn’t want us praying and listening to our Father in Heaven, so he will use his emissaries to intervene, interfere, or interrupt our conversations with the Lord. Really, prayer is just that, a simple conversation with God. Talking to Him about praises, requests, concerns, feelings, hopes, dreams... and then listening for His still small voice answering us through the Holy Spirit.The more aware we become of Satan’s sneaky tactics to stop us from praying, the better prepared we’ll be to combat and conquer them. See if any of the following satanic ruses have happened to you, and consider trying some of the solutions offered to victory in praying with your Lord and Savior.You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. Ps. 97:10 NLTPhoto Credit: ©GettyImages/tommaso79

7 Goodnight Prayers for When You're Desperate for Sleep

It’s midnight-ish and while I fell asleep peacefully on the couch, now I must trudge off to bed. Then, this happens . . .12:10 a.m.: God . . . Are you there? It’s me! (Rambling thoughts while noticing the neighbor’s dog barking next door)12:30 a.m.: The hubby is peacefully (or rather loudly) snoozing. My thoughts track back over my day. I am suddenly filled with regretful remorse based on the events that took place this morning. My mind is a record on repeat, displaying my "bad momma" moment. Ugh. Why did I have to say that?1:00 a.m.: I’m just about to doze off to sleep but I thought I heard footsteps. Wait! Was that a creek in the stairsteps? (Pause to listen intently) All I hear is snoring. Ugh. Should I go check it out?2:00 a.m.: Hey God, it’s me again. Crisis averted it was just the dog, or maybe my active imagination. So . . . anyway, I have a bunch of things on my to-do list for tomorrow (or I mean today--Ugh, it’s today) and I really could use some sleep. Please help me rest. Please!2:30 a.m.: The dog next door is barking again. That’s it. I can’t sleep!2:33-3:02 a.m.: Staring at the wall wondering if I should just get up and binge-watch the rest of The Chosen.3:05 a.m.: If I fall asleep right now, I can get 3 hours of sleep. Maybe. God, please help me fall asleep!After a few more random thoughts, I finally doze off sometime after that only to be startled awake by the annoying alarm clock that blatantly reminds me, I must get up and face the day. Groan. Snooze. Everything hurts, aches, and reminds me that I need more sleep.Frustration grows as I throw myself out of bed. Today is going to be--a day!Maybe you can relate? Sleepless nights are no joke and when you are filled with worry or carry around the stress of the previous day (or days, weeks, months) it can bring you to a place of dread when bedtime rolls around.Then again, sometimes, there are those nights that are spurred on by absolutely nothing, you just can’t seem to catch a wink--Ugh! Well, my friend, let’s reclaim your sleep. Join me by putting into practice a bedtime routine that will help you catch some of those much-wanted and desperately-needed zzz’s, while also more importantly lifting up your heart to the Father!Below you will find 7 verses and prayers to exhale before you hit the hay. Whether you incorporate listening to soft music, stretching, taking deep intentional breaths, turning off the electronics, or avoiding caffeine, let’s reign it all in with Scriptures and prayer that will really set the tone for some peaceful slumber.Photo Credit: ©Gettyimages/Sam Thomas

7 Prayers Every Christian Should Pray Regularly

The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16), revealing prayer is a central call for Christ’s disciples. What should every Christian pray about regularly?Jesus is the great High Priest, the intercessor before God’s throne. When we are born again, the Spirit of Christ, the intercessor, resides within us. With Christ in us and us in him at the Father’s right hand, we each have become intercessors and priests (Revelation 1:5-6).Through prayer, we serve God and one another in love. The disciples asked Jesus about prayer, and along with what we call the Lord’s Prayer, the Son of God told stories about the importance of persistence in prayer, like the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8). Jesus’ disciples are called to endure in prayer.Let us take up our role as priests and intercessors with joy and confidence, blessing ourselves and others with the desire for good and eternal things. Pray these prayers individually and also corporately. The Father’s house is a house of prayer, according to the Son (Luke 19:46), and we are his house. His family and his temple in this world. Let us take this role seriously and be persistent in prayer for the good of all.Here are seven prayers every Christian should pray regularly.Photo Credit:©GettyImages/pondsaksit

A Prayer for the President to Pray on Presidents' Day 2024 and Every Day

As Christians, we are called to pray for our leaders and those in authority over us. Whether you agree with or like the President or not, God commands us to honor the position with prayer and respect. The prayers below can be prayed over the President on Presidents Day or any day of the year as we seek God's guidance for our nation. Take a few moments today to bring our nation's leader before the God of the universe.

7 Ways to Pray through Election Year Fear

It could be easy to let our emotions get the best of us during this important political year. But keeping a level head and a prayerful mind is the best way to make the right choices for candidates, issues, and the future of the United States.

Remembering Presidents’ Day with Prayers and Quotes from Our Leaders

President’s Day evolved from the observance of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. The day was created from the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed into law in 1968. This act combined the two presidential birthdays into one observance created to fall on the third Monday of February each year.The term “President’s Day” became popular due to retailers who jumped at the chance for sales. But more important than making a buck, this day on the calendar should be honored as a way to pay respects to those who have served in the highest office of the land.Today, much debate surrounds America’s founding with accusations that we are not a Christian nation. While many policies in our government do not acknowledge God, our foundation shows us why we have been blessed since the Pilgrims stepped upon the shore of Plymouth Rock.These prayers and quotes from Presidents are evidence that despite our troubles, sins, and tragedies, our roots continue to give us an anchor to hold on to.Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/Microgen

5 Prayers for Happiness and True Joy

Happiness can be a complicated emotion in the Christian community. Some people sell happiness as the end goal of the faith with prosperity gospel messaging; earthly happiness is available to those with enough faith, and who ask. On the other extreme, there are people who believe Christians should not strive for earthly happiness, but joy focused on the eternal.The Bible supports a more moderate view of these emotions. God both blesses people with things on earth that can bring them happiness, but also keeps bringing the focus back to Himself, and the eternal things which bring lasting joy. Christians can pray for happiness and joy, pursuing heavenly things while finding happiness in the life that has been given them on earth.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Sasha_Suzi

10 Lessons on Prayer from the Lives of Elizabeth and Mary in the Bible

The names Mary and Elizabeth have always been special to me.I was born the seventh and last child in an Irish Catholic family. I was the only one my Dad insisted on naming for some reason. Instead of the then “popular” names my mom chose for my siblings, my Dad chose to name me Mary Elizabeth– after Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth, her cousin.While I’ve read of them each time I read through the gospels, I stopped to take a closer look at their prayers and what they could teach us about our own prayer lives.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Jorisvo

7 Right Ways to Pray

Prayer is a vital part of our faith because it’s a direct line of communication with God. When we pray, we’re having a conversation with our Creator. That’s an opportunity, not an obligation. God wants us to pray often, simply because doing so helps us enjoy closer relationships with him. We don’t need to feel any pressure about prayer. Our loving God has given usthe freedom to pray in whatever ways work best for us. He doesn’t require our prayers to fit into any specific formula. However, God does want us to express our prayers authentically, from our hearts. God has also given us a powerful example of how to pray:the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus presents in the Bible, in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. So, while God will accept any prayer we pray from our hearts, there are seven key aspects of praying well that Jesus shows us in his example prayer and elsewhere in the Bible. We can think of those as the seven right ways to pray. Let’s explore each way, so we canbuild healthy prayer habits andgrow in holiness.Photo Credit: ©Unsplash/Fa Barboza

7 Prayers for a Joyful Life

We are living in a loneliness epidemic. More connected to each other than ever, the word ‘self’ has been put in front of everything. Yet, we are our best ‘selves’ when we are not focused on …ourselves! We were never meant to live focused on ourselves. We were built for genuine connection with God and each other through Christ, which brings impermeable joy into our lives! It doesn’t revolve around our ‘happiness’ or ourselves.’When we walk through life with Him, joy is permanent. It sustains us when our hearts break, we are sick, lose someone we love, have been betrayed, or diagnosed. Joy is the steady voice of wisdom reminding us of who and Whose we are. Joy is the ability to see layers in the sunrise we’ve never noticed before, empathize with a friend who has been overlooked, embrace a new season with adventure instead of dread … look deep into the sky, and know wholly that God is good, faithful, and at work.Joy happens when faith becomes a personal relationship with the Savior of the World, our Heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit living in us. It is the opposite of “self.” To truly embrace and honor who we are and our purpose and unique gifts, we need to look beyond ourselves. These seven prayers for self-love help us refocus on God and each other through Jesus.Photo Credit: ©Pexels/Serkan Göktay

6 Uplifting Prayers to Start Each Day as a “New Creation”

Do you ever just want to start over?It’s a good thing the God of Heaven is a God of fresh starts and new beginnings. He made a world that starts anew every day with sunrise. Every week has a first day to it. There’s a first of every month and a New Year’s Day to celebrate the birth of every year. God must have known we’d need fresh starts—sometimes as often as every 24 hours! So, He provided us with ample opportunities for new beginnings. And with each new day, we have a reminder that we can try again, get another chance, and make a clean start.In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are told, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (ESV). That is our permanent condition when we are trusting Christ as our Savior. But when we continue to mess up and disappoint God and others, we can confess that sin and pick up right where we left off with Him… in a fresh start as His renewedcreation.Here are six prayers to start each day as a new creation.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/kieferpix

5 Wrong Ways to Pray

Prayer is one of the most important ways of building a relationship with God, it’s the way to have a direct conversation with Him. It is a time to build intimacy with the Creator, the Savior, the Comforter. Once someone repents of their sin and begins to pursue that relationship with the Lord, they learn that being in fellowship with Him means having good communication. Sometimes the flesh still exerts power over the believer, even in their prayer life. There is a right way and a wrong way to approach the throne of God. While the Bible does say the Holy Spirit can translate our groanings, it does not say the Spirit will make bad intentions, inappropriate requests, or an unfaithful heart seem right to the Father.Here are five wrong ways to pray.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/doidam10

5 Prayers for Empty Nesters Rediscovering Their Marriage

When having children, couples often focus all their attention on caring for them. However, when they get old enough to go to college, couples experience an empty nest. This can be difficult for couples who focus all their attention on their children. This transition can be especially difficult if couples have had children around for eighteen years or more. It's critical for couples to shift their focus from that of caregiver to that of spouse again. With some shifts in perspective, couples can rediscover their marriage in new and exciting ways. Here are some prayers for empty nesters rediscovering their marriage:
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10 Prayers to Start Your Morning with Gratitude

One of the best ways to start your morning is with gratitude. We live in a world where people focus more on what’s going wrong than what’s going right. Getting caught up in complaining about different things in our lives is easy. Instead, let’s flip the script and start the day with gratitude.

20 Powerful Prayers For Your Daughter

Your daughter is a precious gift from God and you want to do all that you can to protect her, encourage her, and build her confidence. One of the greatest tools we have as a parent is prayer!

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