Tag Archives: Prayer

Somebody to Listen

The rock group Queen used to sing a song called, Somebody to Love. That’s true, we all do want somebody to love, but many times we just want somebody to listen. This amazing thing! God tells us that He wants to listen. He says to call on Him and He will show us great and might things we do not know. He also says that He is near to those who call on Him. God wants to be your someone who listens.

Call upon God

Yes, the God of the universe who created the galaxies, set the stars and earth in orbit, and made the animals and humans. How is it that He should take an interest in us and have the time to listen?

We are smaller than a speck for One who has the whole universe as His view. Yet He wants a relationship with me and you. I wonder how He can keep all of these singular relationships up. There must be millions of voices calling out to Him simultaneously, how does He do it? Yet, He listens and He speaks to each. He speaks just what He knows I need or wants me to know and He speaks to millions of others, too. Amazing!

He speaks to us and He’s also there to listen to our pain, grief, sorrow, and joy just like any good friend would. He’s the One who has the resources, power, knowledge, wisdom, and might to accomplish far more than we could even imagine. To think, all this is available through just talking and listening to Him.

Today, or even right now, take a quiet moment and tell Him what’s happening in your life, what you are concerned about and what brings you joy. He cares and will listen.

Getting to Know Him

In his book, Prayer, Tim Keller says we cannot pray until we understand the One we are praying to. In fact, he says all prayer is responding to God. God is the initiator. If we find ourselves wanting to pray, God is drawing us, It follows that we have some knowledge of God to even have the desire to pray. That one we are praying to is the God of the Bible, who speaks His Word, and reveals who he is through His Word.

So, to understand and know God better we would want to spend a lot of time reading, studying and thinking about His Word. Sometimes our reading can be a little boring, even exhausting, we put off coming to the Word because it doesn’t seem to fit us or come alive.

I got to thinking today that maybe it’s really a heart thing with us. Our daughter is dating a guy that she sees almost daily. Every night she heads to her room early, where I often hear her on the phone with her guy, chatting away. They want to talk, they make time to talk — they give up TV shows and activities to spend time talking.

Maybe that’s a picture of how we would be approaching the Word of God, if our heart was really devoted to Him, if we were in close relationship. These thoughts today are making me take a deeper look and admit that there must be something keeping me from wholeheartedly saying, ‘I want to meet (talk) with God tonight.’

Do you find yourself skipping out on reading the Bible, getting to know Him better, and so end up with a boring prayer life?

Stacy

Last year while living in Columbia, I had the great privilege of attending a Bible study led by Stacy, a very Godly woman in my church.  What I loved most about the way that she taught was seeing the genuineness and realness of her relationship with the Lord.  He really was living and present in every aspect of her day.  I enjoyed hearing her pray because she talked to Jesus like He was so many people rolled into one.  Sometimes it sounded like she was communicating with her father, sometimes to her best friend, other times to her trusted counselor, and there were even times where if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought she was speaking adoringly to her husband!

In the beginning of Matthew 22, Jesus states that the greatest commandment in all the Law is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  Through Stacy’s teachings, through her passionate prayers, through her caring spirit directed towards every lady at those meetings, and through the way she adored her Lord, I got a glimpse as to what that commandment looks like when it’s lived out in daily life.

Gifts in Disguise

There are so many times that I wonder why God hasn’t answered my prayers the way I would’ve liked Him to or as quickly as I thought He should. Too often I think I know what’s best for my life and what I need, but I’m not the one who can see the whole picture. There have been times when I have questioned why God never answered a certain prayer that I had, just to realize later why He never did and I go away humming along with Garth Brooks’ song ‘Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers!’ God knows me so much better than I know myself and loves me more than I know, so why wouldn’t I trust Him? When I haven’t seen God answer my prayers, I need to remember it is teaching me to wait upon God and to trust Him in the darkness. Instead of letting difficulties draw me into worrying, I need to try to see them as setting the scene for God to gloriously intervene. We need to always be actively looking for what God is doing in our lives.

Real Political Action

political actionDivisiveness, half-truths, and partisanship have been the words of note in our elections this year. I wonder what Jesus thinks of this. He experienced all of those things as he ministered on the earth and felt the stings of the words. I just want to say – Lord, please let this be over, please stop the bickering and rhetoric.

I was recently reminded of words from Scripture that gives insight into what the priority should be in our political action.  Paul wrote to Timothy and said,  ‘ I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.’ — I Timothy 2:1-3 NIV.

So our political action is to first include prayer for our kings, Presidents and leaders – we are to make requests for them, intercede for them and offer prayers of thanksgiving.  Then we are to pray that their decisions would be such that we would be able to live quiet and peaceful lives.

Somehow offering those prayers is good and pleasing to God.  Somehow, it appears that, when we pray those things it is a testimony to others who don’t yet know Christ or those growing in Christ – it causes them to see and hear truth and gain knowledge in the truth.

My Mom was an example of this.  She always had a photo of the President of the United States hanging in her home.  She prayed for them, no matter what political persuasion they were.  I never asked her, but my hunch is that she prayed for their families, their decisions, gave thanks for them and asked that the decisions they would make would allow her family to live peaceful and quiet lives.

When our political action first becomes prayer action, God will be glorified and others will gain knowledge of the truth.

Being a Believer

Isaiah 43:10-12

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant who I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.  Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.  I, even I, am the Lord and apart from me there is no savior.  I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you.”
“You are my witnesses”, declares the Lord, “that I am God.”
We are chosen by God to know and believe Him so that we can be His witnesses and servants.
He chooses believers because He loves others!  Amazing!  His goal is always others.
He  wants us to tell and show others that He is God!!  Through speech and writing and actions.
Yes, God loves me, but He loves others just as much.
To be chosen by God means that God plans to reveal something about Himself and His love through our life.  To be chosen by God means that God loves others. (Stonecroft Genesis study guide)
Can we grasp that?  Can we see how intertwined our witness and service is to why we are believers?
So, find every way you can to know him more and yes, believe Him more.
What are some ways?  Prayer, Bible study, discussion with other ‘believers’, books written by other ‘believers’.

 

He Walks With Me and He Talks With Me

gardenI’m thinking of an old hymn this morning as I write this. I deeply  appreciate the old hymns because they are so full of such deep meaning. Many are full of theology, some are cries to God for help, many contain Scripture. I also enjoy the new worship songs of this day, but nothing will ever replace the richness of hymns.

One of my mother’s favorite hymns and therefore well known to me, because she very often would sing it at home while I  was growing up, was ‘In the Garden’. It’s been coming to my mind this morning  and I wanted to share it with you; it’s a song about prayer.

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

I love the whole song, but what’s really causing me to think today is the refrain – He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. Prayer is so much more than us telling God what we want; it is conversation with our best friend, Jesus Christ.  I hope you take the time today to walk with Him and talk with Him and that you hear Him reaffirming that you are His own. It’s our very lifeblood, it’s what allows us to go on and gives us our mission and purpose. Oh that the world would
be able to experience the God of the universe stepping into time and space and walking and talking with us and whispering –’You are mine, I know you and I love you.’

Let’s ask the Lord to show us how to develop that closeness with
Him, let’s keep that calmness of mind that we find early in the morning that
allows us to hear His voice. Let’s find joy as we ‘tarry’ with Him this morning.

Scripture meditation: Isaiah 43:1-2