This morning as I was reading an article about “universal love”, the author quoted his friend as saying “Every time we stop an angry thought, we stop a bullet somewhere in the world.” Isn’t that thought-provoking? Each day I pray about the violence in the world and when I think on those words, I certainly see how I can help! My prayer today is to become more aware of my thoughts and actions and more responsible, as well. Will watch for any negativity and immediately refute it and replace it with thoughts of love and gratitude. ! Timothy 2:8 states “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
My first call of the day was of someone telling me that he didn’t have a restful night and I thought of mine, which was very restful and peaceful and became grateful rather than take it for granted. There is always so much for which to be grateful and that very state of mind leaves no room for anger. Thank you, Father.
This morning as I began my day at my desk studying the Bible and praying, I noticed that I felt spiritually flat. Immediately, I turned to God to feel His spirit. Yesterday had been spent with checking off “to do” lists for the holidays and doing much “busy work”. Then, my phone rang and it was someone needing prayerful help and I felt God with me as I prayed with this caller. I had set my feelings of lack aside as I prayed to know God was with me and this person and our every need was met by Divine Love.
That desolate feeling was replaced with the Holy Spirit as I realized it always is when I remove any thought of the little ego. Today is God’s day, not mine and I will do His will, not mine. Psalms 40:8 reads “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Gratitude and humility fill my heart as I get ready for the day.
Naturally, we should be grateful to all of those who have fought so we can have freedom in this great country of ours. Shouldn’t we also want freedom from hatred, envy, criticism, judgment, revenge, bitterness and all other negative feelings? That is true freedom and that comes with refuting those and replacing them with Love, kindness, compassion, gratitude and humility. Today, my prayer is that all men, women and children can taste of freedom within. That can be done with focusing on God, Love!
Titus 3:5 states “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
Today at my art class, there were so many new ideas literally thrown at us, but as we used them in our work, they began to make sense. They certainly would not have been understood if she had given these to us three years ago at our first class.
Then, later I was reading an article where a lady was taking a swim course and the teacher had jumped in the pool and explained the law of flotation and buoyancy. When the student was later relating this to her husband, who was a physics major in college said, “Oh, yes, that’s Archimedes’ law of buoyancy ,” and proceeds to quote the law word for word. Now his wife was unaware of that law but it still worked for her.
As I was later studying and praying at my desk, it occurred to me I didn’t need to know everything about God, but what I do know is He is Love, Truth and Life, which is a great way to begin my prayers. Psalms 23:4 states “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” I also know that God is always with me and I can never, ever be separated from Him. That is a good start for any prayer!
Recently, someone shared an article with me on the two kinds of gratitude which was most interesting. If we take someone a wrapped gift, does she unwrap the gift and then thank us profusely or does she set the gift down and embrace us before she even unwraps it. This really sparked some thought with me. Always, before Jesus prayed, he first expressed gratitude to God for all He had done! As we express that type of gratitude, isn’t our thought lifted to a spiritual level? Or are we always praying to get something or to get well or whatever?
I Chronicles 29:11 reads, “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.” Isn’t that a wonderful way to begin all prayer? I think I will do that.
Two of evil’s favorite weapons are self-condemnation and discouragement and are certainly not from God. When our hearts are filled with Love and Gratitude, those weapons have nothing in which to hold and attach themselves and are quickly dispelled as a dark room when the light is switched on. Philippians 4:6-7 reads “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Releasing self-absorption, we find peace and harmony.
“When you think about self, trouble grows and when you think about God (Love and Good), trouble goes!”
As I sit at my desk this morning, studying my Bible lesson and praying, there is a nagging doubt whether or not my prayer will be answered. Immediately, I realize this thought is not from God! The raising of Lazarus is in the lesson and I read where Mary was doubtful that anything could be done for her brother who had been pronounced dead four days earlier. But Jesus ignored this lack of faith and as John 11:41-44 states, ” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto the, Loose him, and let him go.” Even Mary’s lack of faith could not hinder the Christ. Lazarus was still raised up.
My daily prayer is for more grace and discernment and is done in steps, not overnight. I will be gentle with myself as I grow spiritually daily.