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1. Be creative. We provide the prompt. You feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly prompt.
2. Listen twice as much. If you leave one link, visit two.
3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or hashtag in your post and social media so we can find each other.
4. Write like Jesus would write. We are a Christian link-up. Offensive or inappropriate posts will be deleted. No questions asked.
5. Be pertinent. Our heart is to build community and intimacy, and our means to do that is to build each link-up around a single prompt. Please make sure your post is on topic.
6. Link-Up. Each Wednesday morning at 5am EST, the link goes live, and for 6 glorious days you can link up your post on that week’s prompt. The linky will close at 5pm EST on Monday.
We are going to provide a months worth of prompts each week so that you can be thinking and planning for the coming weeks.
This Week’s Prompt: Prayer
I have a confession to make. I struggle to pray a lot of the time. Rather than feeling guilty, however, I feel led to pray. Last Sunday, the minister mentioned how we can see the difference between when the Holy Spirit convicts us, and when the devil tries to get to us. When the Spirit convicts us, we are led back to the cross of Christ. When the devil is involved, we can think how useless we are, and it wears us down and rubs our noses in our failings. I am often convicted that I need to pray and am led back to a place of reflection, thanksgiving and petition.
I know that when I pray, I open up the communication between God and I. I also need to remember to take time to listen! It is in many ways like any relationship when it comes to communicating. But in other ways, it is so much more! We are blessed beyond measure to be able to freely share our hearts with God at anytime and anywhere. I catch myself having some of my most blessed times with God when I am out walking somewhere in nature.
When I don’t pray, I notice it. I get confused, try to figure it out on my own, feel uneasy, lost, alone. Praying to God is me letting go. Surrendering my life once more before God. He knows me more than anyone. He has a purpose for my life. It makes sense to trust the one who has the blueprint, right?
I pray because I can see that Christ prayed to His Heavenly Father. Following Christ means to pray. He had time to come before God the Father. Their relationship was open and beautiful. God calls us to Himself. In the mess of life, we have an anchor who holds us firm. It is important to pray, for that is how we speak to God and He speaks to us by His Spirit that is in all who believe in Him. He speaks truth into our lives through His Word (the bible).
Prayer is powerful. I pray today that I will keep on praying!
Can I pray for you?
Blessings in Christ,
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I hope you will plan to join us each week at The Loft Link-Up.
Now, it is time to link-up!!