The community helpers puzzle. Its pieces dumped in the floor, again. I find myself frustrated, again. Frustrated to pick up the pieces and frustrated we were all sick. Frustrated we couldn’t get out and help the victims of recent flooding. Practical Prayer But the Lord calmly gave me an answer, in His patient way. As I was picking up each puzzle piece, He said, “Pray.”
Prayer is a very important part of my life. I have to admit though, it has been a selfish part of my life for many years. I looked back and realized that so much of my prayer life was about me or the things around me that would make my life easier. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may
Meandering down a country road in my minivan, I saw it. Out of the corner of my eye, surrounded by miscellaneous, unwanted household items. I held my breath as I pulled the van over and approached the woman in charge. “How much?” I asked cautiously. “Twenty,” she replied. My budget is currently tight. Very tight. “Will you take ten? That’s all the cash I have.”
Yes, GOD, my heavenly FATHER, has been “stirring things up” in our relationship. Actually HE has been doing that for a while. For about five years HE has “stirred up” in me a hunger for HIS word that is beyond anything I have ever known in my whole life. GOD can “stir things up” through all kinds of different people and experiences in our life, but I
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“Knock, Knock, Who’s There?” I have written about our little friend the squirrel before. I’ve told you how it comes right up to the door, looks in and waits for us to get up and get it some bread. Well you will never believe what happened the other day. We had been gone from the house for a couple of hours, doing the grocery thing.
The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. James 5:16 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.