Joseph and Jesus
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Entering into prayer today, we recognize that we are in the presence of God. Not a God to be scared of, but, a God of compassion and love. In whose presence we are safe, in whose presence we do not have to defend ourselves, in whose presence we can be still. We place our worries, our hopes; our whole lives in the hands of our loving God.
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What is Prayer?
God invites us into a relationship with Him that is both personal and communal. He speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh. Prayer is our response to God who is already speaking or, better yet, revealing Himself to us. Therefore, prayer is not merely an exchange of words, but it engages the whole person in a relationship with God the Father, through the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Prayer is essential to the Christian life, it is a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. Prayer can fit right in with any busy lifestyle, so get those old thoughts out of your head because the smallest of faith WILL blossom through prayer.
You do need a small amount of quiet time each day to pray but it is not hard and 5 or 10 minutes is all you need to start, soon your conversation with God "prayer" will become a natural normal task of your daily life.
God is everywhere, therefore it is possible to pray in the oddest of places like walking to your car or standing in line at the grocery store, at work while on hold, while your cooking, where ever you are, God is there too.
Know this, accept this, believe
So turn off that car radio just for a few minutes and focus, If we fill every bit of our down time with noise, radio, TV, Video games, things we can controll we will never hear what God is trying to tell us. A HUGE part of prayer is listening, and when you feel that gut instinkt, a confirming feeling of right, that is God talking to you, listen, God is there with guidance.
You can start by asking God for his help in your own words, it can be as simple as Mark's prayer in the Gospel of Mark, he simply prayed:
"I believe; help my unbelief" (mk 9:24)
Talk to Him, tell Him just what it is that you are seeking, or maybe you had a great day, focus and just say Thank you