I looked for the one whom I love with all my heart. I looked for him but couldn’t find him. “I will rise now and go all around the city, through the streets and the squares. I will look for the one whom I love with all my heart.” I looked for him but couldn’t find him. The guards found me, those who make their rounds in the city. “The one whom I love with all my heart— have you seen him?” No sooner did I depart from them than I found the one whom I love with all my heart. I held on to him and now I won’t let him go!Song of Songs 3:1-4
And I tell you: Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. To everyone who knocks, the door is opened. “Which father among you would give a snake to your child if the child asked for a fish? If a child asked for an egg, what father would give the child a scorpion? If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”Luke 11: 9-12
Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers.Ephesians 6:17
Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4: 6-7
- What do my current practices of prayer look like?
- What do I want them to look like?
- When I pray do I feel comfortable asking God for things? Why or why not?
- Do I regularly examine myself and confess my sins to God asking for grace?
- Do I balance my asking for things in prayer with being thankful for what I have already been blessed with?
- Do I have any practices of listening to God built into my routines?