Prayer is a five letter Word


Years ago I invented a word. It’s rather a collection of letters which I made into the word STOAL. Each of the five letters stands for a prayer. If you take one minute on each of these letters you will have truly prayed for five minutes.

S – stands for sorry prayers. In one minute tell God the things about which you are sorry. Be willing to give them up, let Him forgive them and give You strength not to fall into them again.

T – stands for thank-you prayers. If anyone can’t fill up one minute thanking God for his senses or for people who love him, and the good things he enjoys, then he really is in a mess.

0 – stands for others. Pray for other people by name, for say five of them. Think of them before God and tell Him exactly what You would like him to do for them.

A – stands for asking prayers. Ask God for something you need or something your family really needs. Remember that asking honestly is not selfish: it’s what a loving heavenly father is prepared to do for His children who come honestly seeking.

L – stands for listening prayers. Be still, listen to the voice of God in your soul, know that He is God. Let your racing thoughts be still.

STOAL. Prayer is a five-letter word. Pray like that today and you’ve really prayed.

NOW read: Luke 18: 1-8Luke 18: 1-8
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

18 1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: in a city: Gr. in a certain city 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?  

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