June 30 Putting Prayer into Practice

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God  and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 1John 3:20-22

As you seek to remove hindrances to prayer from your life, ask yourself these questions: Is anything in my life keeping me from a clear conscience and unbroken fellowship with God? Have I accepted God’s forgiveness, or am I holding on to past sins and guilt? Have I recognized that I am a child of God? What are my motives for praying? Am I harboring bitterness toward anyone?

Now, take some steps to overcome these hindrances. If you are plagued with feelings of condemnation, consciously replace these feelings with what the Word of God says about God’s love and forgiveness toward you. If your relationships need mending, ask God to help you release your bitterness. Take a step toward repairing a broken relationship by forgiving someone or asking for forgiveness. Write down anything you have put before God, such as money, a relationship, or your career. Offer it to God and renew your love and commitment to Him, spending time in worship and acknowledging His Fatherhood and sovereignty.

Let’s pray together: Prayer: Heavenly Father, as Your Word says, we are burdened by things that hinder us spiritually and emotionally, and we too easily become entangled with sin.

These encumbrances keep us from having a joyful, unbroken relationship with You and with our families, friends, and coworkers. Enable us to have a true understanding of who we are in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us

to clear away every hindrance so we can live freely as Your children and pray in harmony with Your will and purposes. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who is our Burden-Bearer— who has carried our sins and sorrows, who has healed us

by His wounds, and whose suffering on our behalf brought us peace with You. Amen.

Thought: “By his wounds we are healed.”

Reading: 2 Chronicles 10–12; John 11:30–57