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In the book of James it says, "Come near to me and I will come near to you." We believe that when we come near to God our lives will be changed. Coming near to God involves spending time in His presence. Some of the ways we spend time in His presence are: reading His Word, spending time in prayer, and worshiping together as the Body of Christ.

If spending regular time in prayer is new to you, or something you find difficult, consider using the acrostic PRAY.

Praise. This is the purest kind of prayer because it’s all for God. You don’t barge into the presence of royalty. You enter humbly and with reverence. So worship Him. Tell the Lord that you love Him. Reflect on His greatness, His power, His majesty, His grace, and His mercy!

Repent. Repenting is acknowledging and agreeing with God that there is sin in your life. It is turning from where we have been and going in a new direction. It means you agree with God. Take time to allow God to examine your heart to see if there are any thoughts or actions that have hurt Him and ask for His forgiveness.

Ask. This is where you come before the Lord on behalf of the challenges in your life and in the lives of others. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” We have a loving and gracious God that we can approach with any need.

Yield. It is one thing to say that Jesus is Lord, it is another thing to live as if Jesus is our Lord (in control of all things). Our prayer should always be that “His will be done.” Ask the Lord to reveal to you what it is that He wants you to do, and be willing to follow His guidance for your life.

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