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New City Catechism Question 38

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What is prayer?

Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.

"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:8


Prayer is an important and vital part of our Christian walk with the Lord. It is our way of communicating our thoughts, desires, and pleas with God. It is also our way of responding to His Word.

A few thoughts from Don Whitney as you think about prayer:

1) Because prayer is expected, will you pray? I think we need to make some conscious decisions about our prayer lives. It's time for general intentions about prayer to become specific plans. When today will you set apart time to pray?

2) Since prayer is learned, will you learn to pray? Have you prayed through the Bible before? That is a great of learning how to pray, particularly through the Psalms. Listening to others who pray can also be a tremendous blessing. Read a book on prayer.

3) Since prayer is answered, will you persistently pray? Keep a record of what you pray and requests that you have. See how the Lord has answered each prayer request you have in a week, month, or year's time.

Would you be like Christ? Then do as He did- discipline yourself to be a person of prayer.

*Comments taken from "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life" by Donald S. Whitney, Chapter 4 on Prayer... for the Purpose of Godliness"