What is Prayer?
Every evening as a child heading to bed I heard, “Remember to say your prayers!”
We said Grace and blessed our food at every meal.
But as a child and teenager I didn’t “get it” about prayer.
I felt it was something I had to do to keep God from being mad at me. It wasn’t about visiting with someone who loved and cared about me.
Is that how you were taught about prayer?
My parents raised me in church.
A lifelong girlfriend is staying with me right now and we both remember the tiny chairs and tables in our first Sunday School class. We think we were three. She remembers each of the teachers. I only remember two, but oh how I loved them.
Those women helped mold us into who we are today.
Those women, and our parents, taught us the importance of prayer.
Do you remember who taught you how to pray?
If no one did, don’t worry, we’ll work on that before we’re done.
Why Should We Pray?
That’s an odd question isn’t it?
Why should we pray?
Is it to ask the “Big guy in the sky” to forgive us for messing up? Or our daily wish-list?
Yes and no.
There are so many reasons to pray.
My favorite is to say thank you.
It shows God we are thankful to be His children. For me, I want to acknowledge I don’t have a clue and I am SO thankful He is in control.
My second favorite prayer is a love letter. I’m a long way from a “good Christian”, but He loves me just the way I am, I LOVE Him for that, and I want to tell Him.
If you love someone don’t you want to tell them? So why isn’t it the same way with God?
I’ve experienced God watching out for me like my earthly father did. Our fathers guide us, nurture us, teach us.
If you ever allow yourself to experience Him you will see He loves you. If you’ve experienced that, how did you not fall in love with Him?
Oh you can run away from His love. You can deny it. You can fight it. You can ignore it.
But if you will ever stop fighting it and give in, you will be wrapped in the most incredible love you will ever experience and you won’t be able to deny it any longer.
Because it’s real. And He’s waiting for you to accept it.
I’ve lived many, many years as a single woman. I’ve been lonely.
But I’ve never been Alone. I learned many years ago all I had to do was cry out “Jesus, Jesus” and instantly I felt better. My circumstances didn’t change, but I changed.
My attitude changed.
My thought process changed.
I let go and let God.
Was it easy?
Was it effective?
So why do we pray?
To change things.
A Little Story About Big Prayer
Two nights ago the neighbor’s dogs were going nuts. They live a mile North of me and occasionally I hear them bark, but not very often.
But two nights ago they raised a ruckus from just after the sun set til the wee hours of the morning.
When you live in the country you learn to notice things like that.
You don’t over react, but you pay attention.
I knew something was up. I almost called the other neighbors and asked if everything was ok. But I didn’t want to seem paranoid so instead I prayed.
I have a small yearling filly out there in the pasture. She’s a snack size treat for a predator.
But I also have a couple old, slightly crippled, mares out there that don’t move too fast. But they are bigger, even if they are slower.
The hair raised up on the back of my neck and I knew something was out there. But I also know a single woman has no business being out in the dark with any kind of wild predator.
So I prayed.
I asked God to protect my animals. I asked Him to not let whatever was out there attack any of my animals. And I went to bed knowing He heard that request.
I trusted Him to watch over my horses and give whatever was out there something to eat other than my filly.
And He did.
I walked out the next morning and right in the middle of my horse pasture was the evidence of a brutal death.
And mountain lion tracks.
Much too close for comfort!!
But God answered my prayers.
He protected my horses.
And now they are all coming in the barn at night.
I have other little prayers that are answered every day. I find misplaced items. Mom taught me to pray for parking spots. 99% of the time if I pray early enough I’ll have a spot right in front of where I’m headed.
My prayers get answered.
Sometimes not the way I want. But they are always answered none the less.
I’m looking for answered prayer stories. Do you have any?
I want to put together a book full of them. Will you share your most powerful answered prayer story in the comments section below please? Thank You!!
Ok, I promised a prayer. Actually my plan is to share several of my favorite prayers over the next few posts.
Here’s one of my favorites and the prayer the Bible says Jesus gave His disciples: The Lord’s Prayer, Mathew 6:9
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