S'up GOD

S'up GOD

Clothing that inspires you to pray.

For some people, the thought of prayer can seem boring, not inspiring or a waste of time.  You may have even tried praying in the past and felt that nothing happened or that you didn't know what to say.
We need to look at prayer as a topic, as this is another important part of your Christian life.  Prayer is the driving force in your relationship with God, it allows you to develop your understanding of who GOD is.

What is prayer?

Prayer is simply communication with God.  Think of it this way, when you spend time with family and friends, you communicate with them.  Prayer is the talking to God as you would to a family or friend.  As a Christian, prayer can happen at anytime of the day, we don't need a set time to have access to God.
This is amazing news for us as believers.  The creator of the whole world wants us to communicate with him.  How can that be boring?
Most of Christianity is depicted as boring as we let the media tell us what it should be like.  In the bible prayer is shown in a variety if ways, from singing right through to shouting.  It doesn't always have to be at bedtime next to your bed on your knees, although that could be a great starting point!!!!

Prayer doesn't have to be boring.  Think of it this way.  If we are communicating with the Creator of the world, our starting point in prayer is one of awe and gratitude.  We start praying by thanking God, thanking him for the seemingly smallest thing, right through to the possibility of future promises that we are thankful for.
If you are new to this whole area of praying, then why not start with thanking God first and foremost.  It may seem that you only can think of a few seconds of prayer to thank God for.  This is totally fine because as you start this prayer journey, you will gain more and more thoughts and things to thank God for.
We were given a great tip when we first started to follow Jesus, here is the advice we were given on prayer.

The 5 Finger Prayer

The Five Finger Prayer is a simple guide we can use when we pray.

1) Your Thumb is nearest to you
So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. 

2) The next finger is the Pointing Finger
The pointing finger reminds us of those who instruct so pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers. 

3) The next finger is the Tallest Finger
Our tallest finger reminds us of those who are in charge. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. 

4) The fourth finger is our Ring Finger
The ring finger is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.  Praying for others is a way of serving those around us and serving is what gives us purpose to life. 

5) Our Little Finger
The smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.”  By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Then we should give thanks for all the blessings we have been given, “Offer to God thanksgiving, and pray your vows to the Most High” (Psalm 50:14)
And finally we lay out what is on our heart, the good and the bad, and we pray that God’s will be done in our life. 

What does the bible say about praying?

Here are just a few verses in the bible about prayer.

Philippians 4:6 ESV  
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Mark 11:24 ESV
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 15:7 ESV 
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV 
Pray without ceasing,

Romans 8:26 ESV 
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Matthew 6:6 ESV
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:7 ESV
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
As you can see the bible has lots of scripture to back up prayer.  We are going to look at two verses in particular, Matthew 6:6 and 6:7
Matthew 6:6 explains that when we pray we need to set time so that we can concentrate when we spend time with God.  This could be in the car on the way to work, early in the morning when you get up or even as you are walking to work.  There is no set time but you have to make a TIME, too easily time can pass without us even speaking to GOD at all.
S'UP GOD Clothing has been designed to help with this big mistake of not speaking or communicating to the Lord. 

What should I pray?

As A Christian, you should always pray by faith.  Nothing is impossible to God, so when we pray there has to be a supernatural element to our lives.  We pray big prayers that are way out of our own abilities, as God can use this to see our reliance on him.  Committing ourselves and our day to God allows us to remember to rely on the one who has control of our days.
S'UP GOD Clothing reminds each person who wears the product the following:
Ask God what he wants us to do
Keep God as number 1 in our lives
Listen to what God is saying
Join the Christian message that is showing people we should always communicate with God.  When we pray, God can speak back to us.  The more time we spend with God daily, the more we can hear him.  He may speak through a variety of ways which we will talk about in our next blog.

Our Children's Clothing S'UP GOD is there for us to remember how the Christians in the past were generational.  When God did something they made a monument to tell the story about what god had done.  They then passed the stories onto their Children so that they could pass it on to their own children and so on.
Joel 1:3
Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.
Children are the Church's future, we want them to understand God at an early age.  We want them to communicate to God themselves and have their own relationship with God.  This is so important, so let's ensure that we communicate with God and that our Children are told stories of God's goodness.  Then they can be encouraged to be communicating with God themselves. 
Spend time praying with your children and letting them pray, you will see them develop in their understanding of who God us and also celebrate with you when God answers them.
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