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S SCRIPTURE: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

During the first World War, a British soldier was caught one night while creeping back to his tent from a nearby wooded area. He was immediately hauled before his commanding officer and charged with holding communications with the enemy. The man pleaded he had gone into the woods to pray. That was his only defense. “Have you been in the habit of spending hours in private prayer?” his officer asked roughly. “Yes, sir.”

“Then get down on your knees and pray now like you’ve never prayed before!” the commander ordered. Facing the possibility of execution for treason, the young soldier knelt and poured out his soul in a powerful prayer that could have only been inspired by the Holy Spirit. “You may go,” the officer said in hushed tones after the soldier finished praying. “I believe your story. If you hadn’t drilled often, you couldn’t have done so well at review.”

The young man faced a crisis; a life or death situation. Because he had a habit of prayer, he had a breakthrough. He had learned to commune with God regularly and intimately. A healthy, consistent prayer life is vital to every believer who wants to know and walk with God.

Prayer, simply put, is a conversation with God. Just as with any other normal conversation, the communication must be allowed to go both ways. Often we place our energy and focus in prayer on the speaking part where we make our requests known to God (Philippians 4:6), with little, if any, time and energy allotted to listening to Him. God wants to speak to you today in prayer, so be sure to make time to shut out all the other voices and focus on what He is saying.

What time each day do you spend in prayer? How can it improve?

T THINK record your observations from the verse(s) above

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E ENGAGE personalize how you will apply the verse(s) to your life

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P PRAYER

Father, thank You, for the privilege of coming to you in prayer. Help me to be consistent in my prayer life. Help me to silence the other voices in my life, including my own, in order to hear from You today. I pray You make my family at Thrive Chapel a people of prayer. Throughout the Beyond journey, let us be a people who listen and respond to Your voice. Lord, help me to quiet my heart now to listen. (Spend 2-5 minutes in silence, allowing God to speak to you. Consider doing this every day at the end of your prayer time). Amen!