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Welcome to GracePoint Church, where we are committed to helping others take their next steps toward better knowing and serving a holy God of grace and truth.
 
Revelation 5:8 describes a scene of worship around God’s throne, where the prayers of God’s people are compared to incense that God finds pleasing. Clearly, our Holy God finds pleasure in hearing us pray. So how could believers communicate with God in practical and godly ways that bring joy to both them and to our Lord?
 
The following points could be suggestions for practical ways to enhance your prayer life this week and help all of us take steps toward knowing the loving God better.

· Keep a list of things about which to pray and keep the list for referencing the ways those prayers have been answered (even if God’s answers were hard to accept).

· Pray from the inside out, beginning with requests for God to change and transform you, followed by praying outward for your family, your neighborhood, your church, your city, state, nation, etc. This helps us manage the wide diversity of opportunities.

· Pray with a Bible close by. Read the Bible and then pray the word of God over these people. As I read and meditate on the written Word of God, it helps me shape righteous requests that reflect the truth.

·  Pray both general and specific prayers. It’s OK to pray for God’s name to be hallowed in all the earth, but also to pray precisely for the health, emotional and spiritual needs of specifically-named people. 

· Be quiet at some points in your time of prayer. When I am somewhat uncertain exactly what to ask, as I pray over situations or people, I can quietly wait for God to supernaturally bring things to my mind that I can express by praying them back to God. Silence is not necessarily the enemy of prayer and can be a stimulus toward prayer.

Let’s find the joy of offering our prayers as a gift of spiritual incense to our holy God this week.  

(Revelation 5:8) And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

From a Shepherd’s Heart,
Pastor Perry Kallis
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