Ever find yourself in a place and you don't know what to do? Ever been in prayer and you didn't know how to pray? Ever felt surrounded on all sides and the only thing you knew to do was to pray? Sounds pretty desperate doesn't it? Even in the roughest times we should being dropping to our knees in prayer. When the doubts come and we completely trust in God, we can knock those doubts out of the park.
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
I often catch myself going right in prayer for my requests and petitions. I find myself often stopping myself and starting over. I like to thank God first for all that he does. I next praise him for the many things he has done and all the prayer that he has answer. I then start praying for the things that I am requesting or how I feel like he is leading me to pray. I am believe that when someone pops in your mind you should pray for them. Often times that happens during prayer time for me. I remember the first time my mom went into remission. She had received the phone call from the doctor and she just praised the Lord out loud. I felt horrible because I was young and really didn't have a clear understanding of prayer. I had only prayed for her health once. I walked into my moms room crying and told her this. Her reply to me was that it only takes once. Jesus did a good job of pointing this out in scripture.
I find it hard sometimes to pray in the midst of a heated situation or when I am so worked up I don't know what to do. My wife was facing a mountain head on today. When we prayed together this morning we asked the Lord to go before her and prepare the way. Well God did and what could have been a really bad day, was a day that maybe in many ways could be a changer down the road. Isn't that what God does when we honor him and serve him with our lives?
Friends I can tell you from experience and you can look back through this blog and discover that prayer is a game changer. I find myself constantly praying as my first reaction to any situation. Many battles and wars are won on our knees. Many things are changed on our knees both inwardly and outwardly. A lot can be accomplished on our knees. I am thankful today that the Lord went before my wife and what could have been a horrible day turned out better than initially thought. I am thankful that my wife and I go to prayer over decisions rather than letting those decisions divide us. When God is the center, everything is held together. When God is not the center, everything begins to splinter.
I challenge those of you who are reading this blog. It doesn't matter how old you are. But if you are married start praying for and with your spouse. We do together in the morning and we end our night as a family praying together before every one goes to bed. What a difference prayer makes in our house.
OK what to pray for. Pray for us in the upcoming weeks. We have little challenges here and there that we want God to help us with. Pray for our kids still. They are doing so well. Pray for us as we seek Gods will for our lives. We feel like God has something laid out for us up the road.
Father thank you for your on call presence. Father thank you for being there for us anytime we call. Thank you Father for answering when you hear our cry. Thank you Father for... well Thank you for everything you do.