Praise and thank the Lord before presenting your request to Him.
Psalm 95:2: Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Psalm 100:4: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Genesis 2:18: And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
Genesis 2:24: Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
When Jesus spoke to the multitudes, He often explained deep truths by means of parables—stories about common events, circumstances, and things that His listeners could easily relate to. Times have changed, but the timeless truths contained in the parables of Jesus are just as relevant today and just as feeding to our souls as they were to those who first heard them 2,000 years ago! Bon appétit!
Count your blessings.
Psalm 40:5: Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Psalm 68:19: Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah
Psalm 126:3: The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.
Psalm 139:17: How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
Make a time and place for prayer
Matthew 6:6: But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Mark 1:35: Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
Mark 6:46: And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
God’s gift of love; His Son, Jesus
John 1:1–4,14: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Set realistic goals.
Luke 14:28–32: "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—29 "lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 "saying, ‘This man began to build and was O not able to finish?’ 31 "Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 "Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.”