Tonight I had a friend rushed to hospital, so I said a prayer, no not a long or elaborate one, just an acknowledgement to God, saying I understand what is going on, but want You to guide or protect _______ tonight. Help the doctors who are treating ________, let them find the cause of ______’s pain. May _______ rest tonight knowing that You God are our great physician and can take care of this no matter what. Keep _______ ‘s family in mind as well, so they can rest easy and know that things will be ok.
Yep it was simple straight forward and to the point. You don’t have to be all full of fluff for God, He knows you, and your wants, so be honest and straight forward with Him. No matter the valleys we travel or every hill that turns into a mountain, we know He is on our side.
We just have to take life to heart, and love on others all the time, not just when we get around to it. We have an understanding that we are to care for our elderly, sick, weak, homeless, the widows and orphans. This is commanded from God for us to complete.
There must be something to this prayer, as God has the word prayer noted 154 times (NIV), pray 367 times, and prayer and fasting 3 times. It opens dialog between yourself and your Creator, as a way to put voice to your thoughts. It is a sounding board when no one else will listen, it is a pathway to inner strength we never knew we had. Prayer can change the world one heart at a time.
So my dear friends, pray often, pray with purpose, and above all pray as though your life needs it everyday just like your body needs water. For you never know when you may get called up to finish the bottom of the ninth inning. So be ready and practice, practice, practice.
For thoughts are just mere words without sound and prayers are just vocalized words of one’s thoughts.
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.
Gingham Chick AKA Julie