A woman stated to her counselor, "I pray for wisdom that I might understand my husband, I pray for love that I might forgive my husband, I pray for patience to deal with his moods, but I dare not pray for strength, for I am afraid I would beat him to death!"
In regards to spiritual strength and growth, prayer plays a very important role in the process. Jesus once told a parable for the purpose of teaching His disciples "that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart" (Luke 18:1). On another occasion the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples" (Luke 11:1). Prayer is a vital part of discipleship. The early church was "continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."
In prayer we should express thanks to our Father in heaven, making our request known to Him (Philippians 4:6). Let us also ask for wisdom and understanding regarding the decisions that we face in life (James 1:5; Colossians 1:9-9-10). Of all the new technology that has come about in the past few years in the communication field, none is so simple and powerful as that of prayer to the Father in heaven through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Improving the spiritual life can be as simple as a spiritual renewal of prayer.
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