July 20, 2012

What Prayer Does to Me

In prayer time I believe most fully.  When my heart and mind are centered on God in the quiet moments of the morning, I believe He can and will make the Gospel go forth in new places and in new ways in the world, heal the sick, bring my children to faith, change lives in our neighborhood, give me boldness to share the good news, grant me wisdom for the day's parenting, ... that He even forgives my sins.

Perhaps that is why Paul said this in his letter to the Thessalonians:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Throughout the rest of the day, I'm not prone to go first to prayer.  Worry, fear, doubt, and self-reliance come more naturally and are followed quickly by despair, disappointment, and discouragement.  But according to Paul, it is God's will for me in Christ Jesus to talk with Him, a lot!  Knowing how my faith is strengthened when I sit to talk with the Lord each morning (or at least the ones that I'm up early enough!), I feel so encouraged by Paul's words here.

Pray continually.

Doing so would change me.

I'd pray bigger and believe deeper ALL DAY.

How about you?

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