Pray to our Father 

Psalm 4:1  “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”

God listens when we pray.  Our Father God hears our pleas for mercy.  He comforts our cries for release from suffering.  He responds to our petitions in loving patience and compassion.  He answers our prayers with His presence and provision.  He searches for hearts turned to Him in humble prayer to fill us with His Spirit.  He is a good, merciful and loving Father. He longs to know the cries of our heart.

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God’s Kingdom on earth 

Matthew 6:10  Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are asking for God’s will in and for Heaven, which He already has fulfilled, to come to us on earth.   We are asking for here on earth to be as it is in Heaven.   His Kingdom is radiant with heavenly light.  We desire the light of His eternal love to fill our hearts.  God wants us to pray for His Kingdom to come into our hearts. 

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Praying for others 

Job 42:10  And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

God loves when we love others by praying for them.  He restores us when we sacrifice ourselves to pray for others’ needs and hopes.  When we shift our focus from being self-centered to others-focused, we see God providing for all abundantly.  Let Him be concerned with your needs, as you pray for the needs of others. God’s Spirit will answer prayers with more than you can even ask or imagine!  

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God’s Spirit prays for us 

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.

Paradoxically, silent prayer can be most powerful because of God’s Spirit who intervenes and prays for us!  When we are weak, confused or uncertain, God’s Spirit communicates  with our Father God on our behalf, and in a language deeper than our own.  His Spirit groans in prayer for us!  It is a mystery how God’s Spirit knows what we need and prays to God with inexpressible groanings.  The whole of the Spirit gives of Himself and groans to God. What an intercessor! Perhaps when we are  still, we know He is God because of the Holy Spirit wholly praying for us.  

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