Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pray Without Ceasing - 1 Thess. 5:17

What does that mean, "pray without ceasing"?  1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to be in prayer ALL the time.  Literally, this is impossible, but I do believe you can have a spirit, or an attitude, of prayer at all times.  Throughout my day, I will just talk with God.  I ask Him to meet my needs, I pray for others, I am in a spirit of closeness and communication with Him.  I think that is what this verse means.  I created this Prayer Journal which has sections in it for writing down prayer requests, keeping track of needed prayers, answered prayers, etc.  It really helps to keep a prayer journal to see the ways God is answering prayer.  NEVER underestimate the power of prayer.  James 5:16 (b) says, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much".

I've entered this Prayer Journal into two challenges this week.  First, the new challenge over at http://www.simonsaysstampblog.blogspot.com/ called "Dies to Die For".  I used Papertrey Ink flower dies (which ARE to die for), as well as a Sizzix vine die.  I absolutely LOVE http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/  because they have everything to meet your scrapbooking, card-making and creative needs.  You will want to check out their awesome store.  You can read about, and enter, the challenge here: http://simonsaysstampblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/dies-to-die-for-challenge.html


The other challenge I'm entering with this Prayer Journal is the one over at http://www.riboncarouselchallenge.blogspot.com/  RCC#21 "Fabric of Our Lives".  I used LOTS of fabric on this project including burlap, canvas, wool felt, fleece, tulle, and ribbons.  I love the feeling you get when layering "The Fabric of Our Lives".  What a fun challenge.  You can read all about it by clicking here:  http://ribboncarouselchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/09/rcc-21-fabric-of-our-lives-with-linda.html

I challenge you to "pray without ceasing", and to kick up your prayer life.  Just be in a constant spirit of prayer/communication with God.  It will bless you beyond your greatest expectations.

Blessings to you all,

Karen

8 comments:

  1. your journal is beautiful
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  2. Your journal is really pretty. I bookbind and make journals from scratch so I know how much hard work goes into it. (Ps I have a big blog candy give away on my blog if you fancy a peep) Lee x

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  3. Karen this journal is amazing...

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  4. WOW, Karen!! This is a GORGEOUS prayer journal!! I love all of the details and layers...so very pretty! I agree, it is so important to always be in prayer...I don't know what I would do if I couldn't send up little "bullet" prayers to our Lord each day! ;) Thanks for your wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement...LOVE your blog!

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  5. Your prayer journal is lovely and I love the different fabrics you've used. Hazel x

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  6. What a fabulous journal! Love all the details and the fabrics that you used...it all looks wonderful!

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  7. Oh what a wonderful cover, love those flowers.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.
    luv
    Debby

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