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And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
(John 14:13-14)
As we near the end of our journey together through A 30-Day Conversation, I’d like each of us to spend some quiet time today examining our own individual level of devotion to prayer. This is a task that no one else can do for us; it’s a matter to be considered between God and the believer him- or herself.
Take some time to reflect on and seriously consider today’s passage-of-focus in light of the following two poems and the lyrics from yesterday’s hymn that reflect Christ’s devotion to us.
Prayer
O. Hallesby
A little while with Jesus—
Oh, how it soothes the soul,
And gathers all the threads of life
Into a perfect whole.
Awake
Lawrence Tribble
One man awake, awakens another.
The second awakens his next-door brother.
The three awake can rouse a town,
By turning the whole place upside down.
The many awake can make such a fuss,
It finally awakens the rest of us.
One man up with dawn in his eyes,
Surely then multiplies.
After your quiet time with these texts, conclude Day 28 by reflecting on the following questions, then document your PRAYER conversation for today in light of your answers.
List some benefits of a life lived devoted to prayer.
What priority have you assigned, or would you like to assign, to prayer as it fits into your life? What, if any, obstacles stand between you and this goal?
What two steps might you take in the coming week to begin working toward your goal?
Praise and Thanksgiving:
            In your own words, who is God to you personally? What has He done for you specifically
            in the past day or so – especially the little things – that surprised you or drew you
            appreciation?
Repentance:
This one seems obvious, but consider making a deliberate commitment to go
            beyond “I’m sorry” and make a sincere commitment to do your best through Christ
            to lay these sins aside.
Adoration:
            Love Him. Worship Him. And don’t be afraid to do so with hymns or other songs of
            worship…sometimes mere words may not seem adequate to you. That’s ok!
Yielding:
Is there something you need to turn over to God? A circumstance you can’t control?
            Complicated relationship? Your own will that’s struggling with His will?
Expectation:
What are your concerns, your hopes, your dreams for your church? Your family?
Friends? Not-so-much friends? Yourself?
Restoration:
            End your conversation with the firm knowledge that you are God’s and God is yours.
            Affirm your trust in His all-powerful, never-ending presence in your life. Thank Him
            again for what He’s done for you in the past and what He will do for you in the future
            that’s in accordance with His will. This is an important and proactive demonstration of
            your faith in Him.

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