Theology: God and Prayer Essay

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Reflection Paper: Prayer and Character Development
Twila S. Cooper
Theology 104
November 16, 2012
Professor White

The purpose of this paper is to reveal a direct correlation between prayer and character development. It is crucial that Christians fully understand this tool that has been put in place in order for us to be able to communicate with the Lord, our Creator. Praying and communing with the Lord leads to and builds not only a stronger relationship with Christ, but it also continues to build us in strength and character. The reflection of Christ should be evident in the life of a Christian through character traits also known as the fruit of the spirit. Prayer strengthens the character of a
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Genesis 2:7 says, “And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.” We also read in the scripture in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace; and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” By reading these scriptures we learn that it is evident the Lord loves His creation, man who is created in His image and He has created all of us with a purpose. In order for us to find the Lord’s entire purpose for us on this earth, we must communicate with Him daily. Christians are to be the example of Christ to the world around us. The Bible reminds us of the characteristics of his spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” These are the character traits that we should be exemplifying. Prayer keeps us in touch with these. We have a tendency to only want to call on the name of the Lord in troubled times in our lives, however, the Lord wants to communicate with us daily, in good times and in bad times. We are created in His image and He has many good and wonderful things in store for us, but it takes prayer, waiting on the Lord’s direction and letting Him lead and guide us. We should look
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