Yesterday I heard a lady tell a story about her four year old daughter. This child loved to pray to and about everything. She prayed to and about her dolls, family members and her small dog. One day the mother wasn’t feeling well and her little girl was there playing so she asked her to pray for her. The little girl agreed and soon, the lady was feeling much better and asked her daughter what did she pray. She just smiled and said, “I didn’t talk, Mama, I just listened!” What wisdom! So often, we want to do all the talking while true prayer is listening.
Proverbs 16:3 reads “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” This can only be done by listening. An old translation of the word “obey” is to “hear completely”.
This morning while studying and praying at my desk and glanced out the window to a dark, dreary rainy day, I felt the same way! My housecleaner couldn’t come due to daughter’s illness and my art teacher had cancelled class due to illness. As I was praying, I just felt spiritually flat and was drawn to Matthew 9 where it is talking about fasting. I then read verses 16 and 17 which state “But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” This just screamed out to me that I certainly could not pray with old negative, inconvenienced thoughts. They needed refreshment and gratitude and as I did this, even outside became lighter. I know I should always be on hallowed ground when I study and pray.
This morning as I was reading about the money changers in Jesus’ day and how He threw them out of the temple; I wondered how this applied today. Mark 11:16-17 states “And would not suffer than any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And He taught, saying unto them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.'” Suddenly, a light came on and I thought of going in to worship with a heart filled with anger and hatred or a head filled with worry! Couldn’t He have been talking of that as well because none of that has any place in a house of worship. Even as I pray at home, am I checking to see that none of that resides within my heart?
While at my desk I glanced out at my beautiful hanging basket of pink petunias which were drooping badly, so I went outside to water them. Then I noticed that I seemed to be worrying about an issue that I had been praying about. As I prayed I thought of how I refuse to pray AND worry. I will do one or the other and it is always “pray”.
Beginning with God and His greatness and Love, soon I released the fear that was trying to creep in. After several phone calls from people needing prayer work and taking the thought off of myself, my spirit soon lifted and joy was felt. I glanced out the window and the flowers had perked up and were again beautiful. I had given them nourishment and released them. The same thing had happened to me. My soul was being nourished by my unselfish prayers and I had released all worries to God. The battle is always His.
Song of Solomon 2:13 states “The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” I soon related to this totally.
This morning while at my desk studying my Bible and praying, out of the corner of my eye I see movement and notice a hummingbird. While watching it, I am reminded that logically, it shouldn’t be able to fly. It’s body is too large and it’s wings, too short, but that doesn’t stop it from flying. Then Luke 1:37 comes to mind and it reads, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
That is the verse I will use today as I continue to pray for safety and protection for those effected by Hurricane Harvey. Nothing is impossible with God!
Recently, I spent several days and multiple hours preparing for an annual report and audit for an organization where I am Treasurer. In so doing, there was a small error that was keeping me from balancing and the report goes to State. During this ordeal, many prayers were prayed humbly asking for help. I prayed with “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” from Isaiah 40:31.
After much frustration, the error was found and the report submitted yesterday. It was such a great relief! This morning while at my desk and praying and giving thanks, I nearly forgot how very grateful I was to get that job completed! How quickly I forget when only yesterday I was crying out for help and it was given to me.
The world has it reversed when it shows peace comes when we have enough money, possessions, security systems, insurance, etc. If someone begins from that stand point , he will never have enough of those items. When we begin with God and express gratitude for what we do have; that is when we experience peace! Philippians 4:6 reads, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” As we pray with that verse, we can recognize our every need is met by God.