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    How to Pray on All Occasions
    By Tiffany Thibault

    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. - Ephesians 6:18

    It never fails. Every single time I open a package of meat, my dog will be right there at my side in less than five seconds. He can be in a deep sleep, in the other room or even outside on the porch. As soon as I begin to open any package of meat, he is right at my side or begging to come in, always in less than five seconds.

    Sometimes, just for fun, I will start counting, one, two, three, four, five. I rarely even make it to the number five before he is right there beside me.

    He has been known to push his way between me and the counter or the stove to get a closer whiff. His smell glands are so super-hyper that he will begin to bite at the air, trying to taste the meat. Once he even nudged me completely out of the way, just to get closer to the meat.

    This happened once again last night, as I was frying some hamburger meat at the stove, the dog frantically sniffing at my side, when some questions went flying through my thoughts:

    How fast do I turn to the Lord when my life gets stinky?

    How quickly do I turn to Him for every situation or decision that comes my way?

    How consistent am I in praying for others throughout my day?

    Dogs need an acute smell system to help them find their food in the wild. It is critical to their survival. They don't need to practice at smelling meat. It is already deeply ingrained in them at birth. However, it isn't ingrained in us humans to pray at all times.

    Praying at all times and in all situations doesn't come naturally to us. We are certainly quick to turn to the Lord when we have moments of crisis, when a need is urgent, or when a friend is rushed to the hospital. We are certainly quick to keep on praying for their situation until they make a turn for the better. The Bible verse though doesn't say to "Pray to the Lord for help only when things are bad." The words instead say: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests." 

    What Kinds of Prayer Can We Pray throughout the Day?

    Praying a variety of prayers ensures that we keep communicating with the Lord:

    Prayers of thankfulness for the way He is moving in our life.

    Prayers of praise for who He is.

     
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