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Why Should I Pray?

My post, Do Not Disturb, not only generated some great comments from you, but reading through the post several times, gave me thoughts for continuing the discussion. One question I have had in the past is not how to pray but why should I pray?

Just Googling ‘books on Christian prayer’, there were bout 37,000,000 results. There are many books, articles and blog posts you could read for the answer as to why we pray. I don’t have all the answers, but I would like to share briefly why and how I pray.

What is prayer? I like the simple definition found at Dictionary.com, which says prayer is entering into spiritual communion with God.

God Who called everything and everyone into being by just saying it, wants to be in communion with me. God Almighty wants little ‘ole me to talk to Him. I want to know the God of the Bible who loves me so much He made a way for me to be in relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ, and this is possible by prayer. The goal of prayer is not only to ask, but to worship and adore He Who gives me my every breath and a new day.

Devote yourselves to prayer…Colossians 4:2

  • Scripture encourages us to be constant in prayer.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12

We have also been given a model to pray, often called the Lord’s Prayer, but more of an example to follow.

Our Father who art in Heaven--is He your Father? Is God your Friend through a saving relationship with Jesus?

Hallowed by Your Name–I acknowledge God is the Only One Who is Holy and there is no other Name upon which we can call to be saved.

Your Kingdom come–do I want God’s Kingdom to come? Or do I want Jody’s kingdom to come everyday? Do I want to be a part of God’s Kingdom?

Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven-Will I bend my will to God’s will or will I continue to insist on my own way, my own rights?

Give me this day my daily bread–In praying this I surrender to the fact I will not worry about tomorrow, and trusting God will provide for everything I need for today.

Forgive my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me. Not only am I sinned against, I’m a sinner too. Will I extend the same forgiveness God has given me to someone who has hurt me?

Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. I need to know what my weaknesses are, recognize what I am tempted by and where the temptation comes from and flee, run from evil, don’t keep it company.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever.

Amen

Shifting Sand?

Today’s post is a follow-up to That Time of The Year .  Cheryl, a long time friend, ended her comment with this;

After they are gone I don’t know what I’ll do with myself…..

Cheryl is a mom of two, who has given 110% to raising her children and in a few short years, they will be on their own. My first thought when I read her comment was ‘how could she say that?’ My sneaking suspicion and  judgemental thought was ‘how could she not have anything to do after her kids are gone? Was her entire life her kids?

But truth be told, she is me. I’ve had the very same thoughts and voiced some of my fears to some of you. You can check my categories posts to find me talking about some of those fears. Yes, our kids leave a void, sometimes a cavern so gaping we don’t know how it can it be filled.  Again, we can fill in the blank about what we fill our lives with and then that thing, person or how we live is stripped away. It’s not just mothers who ask, ‘now what?’

Friends, we don’t have to be mothers to have the feelings of life turned upside down. Life is ever-changing, daily joys and sorrows are proof of that as my husband gives me a daily dispatch on the community he pastors.

The cavern of 

  • A spouse passing away
  • Retirement bringing the same question of ‘what’s next’?
  • Cancer report brings us to the end of ourselves.
  • The ongoing bad news around our nation and world floods the evening news.

You fill in the blank. There is nothing new under the sun, but when it happens to you or me, it is new. Unexpected, devastation, depression, and fears are just some of the raw emotions we can face. But the good news is…

There is the gospel of good news. There is a Savior we can know who will fill the cavern, our hearts, giving us joy and peace that cannot be explained. 

I took the timely advice of Elizabeth Elliott, which I heard many years ago. 

Just do the next thing.

Focus on what is before, not focusing on the future.

  • Prepare for the future today by saturating our hearts and minds in the living Word of God.
  • Pursue spending time getting to know a loving Heavenly Father.
  • Point your focus on Jesus every single day.
  • Practice loving God and our neighbor every day.

Today is the day to do the next thing, gaze on our Lord and glance at the shifting sand of daily life circumstances. Because, like the sand that is easily blown about, so our days come with changes and challenges.  May we find our foundation not in the shifting sand but in Jesus, who never changes. 

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled? (How Firm A Foundation~~John Rippon)

Uhhhh….ten…Chun. Where is Yours?

A week ago today, Lauren boarded a plane and took off for Wyoming…by herself. She had flown, but never alone. Because her brother lives in the middle of nowhere in  Wyoming, Lauren had to make two connections to get there. Since her flight out of Washington D.C. was delayed, it was a possibility she would miss her connection in Denver to fly to Casper. The men of our family vowed to not let that happen as her dad, brother, and Hannah’s boyfriend made plans to make sure she would not be alone in the baggage claim overnight if she missed her flight.

Last week, there were two murderers running free in upstate New York after they had escaped from  a maximum security prison. Though not very close to where we live, we did have our guard up. And last Friday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision of marriage that I do not agree with. Mix in another daughter returning from six months of travel, close friends who have children graduating from high school with many graduation parties and endless rain and storms, there are too many things that cause ‘soul noise’. Noise that no one else hears, but the constant “unharmonious or discordant group of sounds.”(Dictionary.com) Worry about the future, worry about safety, worry about an unhappy marriage or children who are struggling. 

I am thankful I have a remedy for worry, for the noise that can rumble around in my mind. The remedy of the gospel. I don’t have to try and figure out what the future holds for any of these issues, because I know Who holds the future. The elixir of God’s Word is what is needed to face any day. Diligence in saturating my heart, mind and soul in the Word of God will remind me where my focus needs to be every. single. day. I trust the Bible to help me navigate the pressing issues of my 21st century culture. I trust God to show me how to love and how to live as a pilgrim. 

How to saturate in God’s Word?

  • Read God’s Word before you read anything else…newspaper, email, FB, or pinterest…easier said than done…
  • Use your smart phone, Ipad, Kindle or Nook to listen to God’s Word while you get ready for the day and as you fall asleep at night.
  • Before you head to FB or Pinterest read the Bible on your computer or keep your Bible close to your computer reading God’s Word first.
  • Listen to God’s Word as you exercise.
  • Read the statutes of God before that favorite novel.
  • Listen to the precepts of God as you get meals ready or clean.

By the way, Lauren did make her connecting flight and began her two week visit with Justin and her new sister-in-law Melissa. 

Keep your attention on Jesus Christ as risen from the dead and descended from David. This is according to my gospel. 2 Timothy 2:8

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