Prayer lifts our hearts and souls to sail above our old and repetitious way of living with its worries and preoccupation with self-gratification. It frees us from the bondage of being consumed with ourselves and opens a pathway to experience peace with God, ourselves, and others. It transports us beyond our obsessive need to defend ourselves and lets Christ be our defender. It helps us release and surrender our fight for personal rights and the second by the second need of control and oversight of every small detail of life.

Prayer breathes life into our everyday way of living. It produces intimacy with the God of creation and a new way of living moment by moment in a kingdom far more breathtaking than anyone can imagine. Let the Holy Spirit lead and inspire your steps in vibrant new ways and walk in newness of life in the presence of the Living and Eternal God. (The Practice of Christian Meditation and Prayer)


I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19 NIV

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