Prayer – Practical Faith Practice

By Patrick Hawthorne


For the last several months, I have been blogging on the power of prayer.  I am a firm believer in prayer and our Heavenly Father’s desire to meet the needs of His children.  Yet, I honestly believe that many needs go unmet simply because the asker has not approached the throne in faith believing that God is willing to answer our petitions.  Many times I have heard people say that they feel guilty approaching our Heavenly Father with petty requests.  Not me!

Let me ask you a question.  Which is easier, asking God for help finding a parking spot or asking God for a parking lot?  This might sound really ridiculous, but serves well to illustrate my point.  How will you learn to stretch your faith for the big unless you start practicing in the little?

I assure you, our Heavenly Father is not offended by us practicing our faith so that we can fine tune our spiritual ears to be able to hear accurately the voice of the Holy Spirit. As I have written before, I’ve asked the Lord on numerous occasions to help me find a dropped screw or nail so that I don’t puncture a tire.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)

Did you get that one word…, “Everything?”  Everything means everything, even if it seems ridiculous or over simplistic.  Prayer by the religious is repetitive nonsense built upon the premise of a clanging symbol – it is a one-sided note designed to create noise.  Prayer by those who look to God not as a religious figure but as a Heavenly Father is a delight; it is a relationship.  Begin today with a practical practice of faith.  Ask the Lord for something very simple and then allow His peace to prevail.  If you have no peace with one direction, go another till you feel that peace.  You may be certain that I did prior to passing on this information to you.   Be blessed

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11 comments on “Prayer – Practical Faith Practice
  1. Jules says:

    I often ask for a parking space, usually on the second time round the street/lot. Nothing is too small for my God to care about 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Yes’m…It’s fun to pray the little stuff and to see God move in real time.


  3. Wally Fry says:

    How funny. In my work, tools are very important. Some are also very specific and we carry just the one we carry and losing it could really jack your day up. I have literally prayed to find something I had mislaid. Felt funny about it sometimes too, like “why would God care about my stupid tool?”

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  4. beehopper says:

    I pray all the time, it seems. I just have a constant conversation with the Lord. Now that we have Bluetooth in our cars,it’s not so weird talking with no one sitting beside you. I’ve prayed for parking spaces and for God to part the traffic like he did the sea for Moses,so I can get into traffic without an accident. He’s even answered prayers I didn’t really pray out loud but thought in my heart. There’s not enough room to share all my wonderful prayer moments. He is awesome.


  5. SLIMJIM says:

    What a gracious God that He is that we can pray to Him about everything. This led me to pray very specific things concerning my church.

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    • If you have noticed a change in the content of my posts, it is because I now make sure to ask the Holy Spirit to proof read it for content before I submit. If I have no peace, I back up until I have peace. There have been a couple of posts that I felt were fine to submit but not at that particular moment.

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