The delta of records | Focus: a time of prayer
When writing my columns and focusing on a special word, I like to make sure that I have the meaning of that word found in the dictionary. One would not expect to search for the word prayer because prayer speaks to God. The dictionary says that to pray is to have a pious request on petition to a deity. The act of praying, esp. farewell. A set form of words used for a pious request, petition, etc. Prayer can be a spiritual and wordless fellowship with God. A religious service. Something prayed for. One or more can reach out to God in prayer.
Many people feel unable to pray. A lot of people think that you have to use swear words, articulate sentences and that you are supposed to pray behind closed doors. During church services, a pastor will share a prayer from God with his disciples. A group leader will also share a prayer. With the current Covid conditions, we listen to prayers on the internet as we participate in online church services. We are faced with many difficulties and prayer is needed everywhere.
I felt unable to pray, especially in public. Growing up, I just spoke to God. As an adult, I just talk to God. God is my Heavenly Father and he listens to me. God loves you and will listen to you. God loves to spend special moments one-to-one with those he loves and who love him. Jesus and the Holy Spirit also want to listen to you and share with you. You can talk to God anywhere, anytime, and in simple, child’s words; just open your heart and talk to your loving Heavenly Father.
Yes, there are times when we need to find a special quiet place to share with God. Some people have a special place to sit, read the Bible, and pray. I watched a movie where the woman of the house made a special prayer room in a closet so that she could spend some quiet time with God. Some people like to talk with God outside on a walk or sit under a tree. Some people talk to God throughout the day when something happens and need time for prayer. You may want to share with God as you travel and see the beauty of His creation. God will meet you wherever you ask him to. God listens to what our heart says and knows our needs before we do. Sometimes we have to ask God to forgive us for something we have done. Sometimes we need to use prayer to forgive those who have hurt us. God will always listen to us when we need him.
Some may wonder why I decided to focus on prayer in this week’s column. I am convinced that everyone should be in prayer for America. Too many events have taken place recently that make me sad and believe that prayer can make a difference in our lives, the lives of others and the issues we face all over the world. We must pray for our children who have not been to school. We must pray for families who are suffering from Covid and who have also lost family members. We must pray for our world with all the violence that continues to exist in many places. We must pray for our leaders. We must pray that God will heal our nation. We must pray that America will remain a nation under God with freedom and justice for all. Prayer can make a huge difference when we pray as individuals, as a church, as a family, and as Americans who love our country.
Now that I’ve shared my perspective on prayer in America, I want to share what I think prayer can accomplish. Prayer can move mountains. Prayer can heal the soul. Prayer can heal the body. Prayer can heal a nation. When we pray, God listens. When one or more pray in agreement, prayer can be the most powerful tool we have in any situation. Many times we pray for something we desperately want. When God answers our prayer, the answer may not be what we prayed for. Sometimes God is waiting to be ready to give us the answer. Sometimes God knows what we need better than we do. So when we pray, we should ask God to answer our prayers according to His will and not ours. When we feel that no one cares about us and feel that there is no hope, we must pray that God is with us and shows us the way. When we have illnesses, we can ask for healing. When we feel that our nation is in peril, we must turn to God in prayer. God has blessed us with America and He will continue to bless our country if we look to Him in these times.
I can’t imagine a life without having God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to talk to. In the Bible, Jesus talks about little children and how we are to have a child’s faith. Children use simple words and are sometimes deeper in their words than adults. If a little child can talk to God, adults should be able to talk to God anytime, anywhere, and about any concern. I agree that some prayer should be done in a quiet place where we can be alone with God. I also think that prayer can be spontaneous in a flower garden, on a beach looking at the wonder of the ocean or when the moon is full and beautiful, or the sunset is breathtaking. Worship and prayer can thank God for all the wonderful creations He has given us. Thanking God can be a momentary thing that warms your heart, or even a scary thing that happens and is going well.
Conversations with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit can take you to a place of peace and love. I love John 15 where Jesus says God is the gardener, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. If you look at a vine, you will not have a harvest of grapes without the branches being attached to the vine. There will be no harvest without the gardener who takes care of the vineyard. Jesus said that the branches of his vineyard will not bear fruit without being pruned. Jesus also tells us that we are to be the branches of his vineyard and that we can bear much fruit. We must follow Jesus and he will take care of us. Through prayer we can communicate with Jesus and he will always be with us as long as we ask him to.
God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit will not be with us without invitation. We have a choice in America to put God first and I pray that our leaders think very carefully and pray that the decisions they make allow God to be first rather than last in the laws that govern our country. . I pray that as a nation we pray for America, for leaders here and around the world, for our churches, our pastors, our communities, our states, and that we will never forget to pray for one another. other. Prayer can make a difference in your life and the lives of others around the world. To God be the glory!
I read something on the internet this morning that I want to share. It was written by Dr. Ben Carson. If anyone asks you questions about your training, boldly proclaim that: The Church is my quorum. Heaven is my university. Father God is my advisor. Jesus is my principal. The Holy Spirit is my teacher. Angels are my classmates. The Bible is my manual. Temptations are my exams. Defeating Satan is my hobby. Winning souls for God is my mission. Receiving eternity is my diploma. Praise and worship is my slogan. If you are a child of God, bless yourself!
Prayer is not a way to use God. Prayer is a way of offering oneself to God so that He can use us. It may be that one of our great faults in prayer is that we talk too much and listen too little. When prayer is at its peak, we silently await the voice of God for us, we linger in his presence so that his peace and power flow upon us and around us; we lean back into His eternal arms and feel the serenity of perfect security in Him. —William Barclay