Sunday, August, 2, 2015 | 6:20 AM | by June
Maybe y'all ☺from Birmingham are used to this . . . but I think that this summer is HOT and HUMID.
Maybe y'all ☺ agree with me that there is a lot going on in this world that causes concern . . . maybe not.
Maybe y'all ☺ would like to see God's hand of favor and refreshment for your day to day living . . . I could probably get an AMEN from all y'all ☺ for that one.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. -- Psalm 42: (NIV)
First Thought . . .
Prayer serves as the connection point between God and us. He speaks to us through the Word; we respond in prayer. Do you want to experience a closer connection with your Creator? Do you want to experience greater peace through your Savior? Do you want to want to experience a greater power from the Holy Spirit?
Bow your head. Bend your knees. Break open your heart.
Be about prayer…
Second Thought . . .
We want to be “about prayer.”
What are your prayer disciplines? When do you pray? How do you pray? For what do you pray?
Without spending an extended time in prayer, praying may be more perfunctory than powerful.
This summer seek refreshment in God by being about prayer.
· Pray a lot.
· Pray about many topics and people.
· Pray often.
· Pray about many blessings and problems.
· Pray regularly.
Third Thought . . .
When Jesus warned in the Sermon on the Mount, “When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their many words,” he was not warning against long prayers or praying a lot. He was warning against empty verbosity and using prayer as a show to others instead of a conversation with God.
Remember, Jesus spent whole nights in prayer.
Want to try something this summer? Dedicate one night, or a great portion of it, to prayer. . . After a night in prayer Jesus was able to walk on water and still a storm.
No promise—but something to meditate on.
Fourth Thought . . .
Many are much concerned about the state of our nation and the place of the Church within it. Let these days not be a call to fear, bellyaching and complaining; let them be a call to prayer.
Here is a section from the Large Catechism:
Each of us should form the habit from his youth up to pray daily for the needs, whenever he is aware of anything that affect him or other people around him…. This we must know, that all our safety and protection consist in prayer alone. We are far too weak to cope with the devil and all his might and his forces arrayed against us, trying to trample us under foot… What do you think has accomplished such great results in the past, parrying the counsels and plots of our enemies and checking their murderous and seditious designs by which the devil expected to crush us, and the Gospel as well, except that the prayers of a few godly men intervened like an iron wall on our side….. Let this be said as an admonition in order that men may learn above all to value prayer as a great and precious thing…
Make sure that you nurture, and even more so, take advantage of the connection point between God and you—prayer.
God Be Praised! -