People are funny, we get into such ruts; predictable in all we say and do. “Stuck in a rut” is an idiom that means a boring lifestyle that never changes. We are just creatures of habit, we fall in comfort zones and stay there. This is ever so true of our prayer life.
Do you know what certain people will say when called on to pray? You know some that will start the same way every time, using the same key phrases. Some even say the same phrase over and over throughout their prayer. Creatures of habit, stuck in a rut and comfortable. If we talked to each other this way we would soon find ourselves alone. Sometimes I think we must bore The Lord to tears.
Praying is talking to God in conversation. You can talk to Him anytime and about anything. I had a woman tell me her husband was so spiritual because he prayed three times a day. I told her as Christians we can pray unceasingly. In other words, we are open in communication 24/7, talking and listening, always an open line with our Lord. If Christians keep a right fellowship with their Heavenly Father through prayer and reading His Word they can pray unceasingly.
So how should we pray? The model prayer, or Disciples Prayer, in Matthew 6:5-13 is a good way to learn how to Pray (talk) with The Lord. (This passage of scripture is often called The Lord’s Prayer but, that’s actually in John 17.) the model prayer: No repetitions here. 1) acknowledge Him 2) praise Him 3) thank Him 4) seek forgiveness from Him 5) intercede for others 6) Pray in Jesus’ name. The Lord gave us a very good model to learn to pray and it’s sad so many simply use it as a recital piece only.
Praying should be intentional, like you mean it, not a recitation, habit or duty. It helps me to visualize as I pray.. “Lord, I need the wisdom of Solomon, or the courage of Daniel.” I have prayer lists, but I don’t pray from top to bottom, or even all at one time. The Lord will bring them to mind throughout the day, often awakening me in the middle of the night and laying them on my heart. It took me a long time to learn not to simply “pray the list”. When you are in a fluid conversation with The Lord, the Holy Spirit will bring to mind those on your list in need throughout the day.
Prayer is a gift from God, allowing us to communicate freely. Sadly, we often abuse the privilege and misuse the gift.
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John 3:27 (NASB) “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
God’s peace is with us, it never leaves. We leave it; worrying and fretting, stewing and distrusting. Do not ask Him to give you peace about a situation or circumstances. He does not use His peace as a compass or directional guide. Instead, seek Him in prayer and in His word:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
We all know when we are uneasy over something, it doesn’t feel quite right. That’s the tug of the Holy Spirit, the One He left to be your guide.
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [a]Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
When you are at peace with Him, in the peace He left you, then His path is straight and clear, and that is when you have “peace over a decision”.
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Everyone has a favorite daydream. Some of us have several. One of my favorites is I have all the money I need to fly some very special friends to my favorite spot. I call them and tell them to drop everything, grab their purse and ID and head for the airport where a ticket will be waiting for them. A limo will meet them at the airport and bring them to the beach house that has all the amenities they could want. They will not need bags, they will shop for everything they need. I take them to all the best places to eat. There is room service to clean for them daily. We will laugh and enjoy all kinds of fun together. I have planned a whole week to be stress free. I hired people to stay at their home and take care of the love one they are the caregiver for, so they have no concerns while they are gone.
Sigh. If only right? I had a teacher (and I am sure my mom and others as well) that always said, “if wishes were horses, beggars could ride.” It is a wonderful daydream. But, you know one day that is exactly what is going to happen with these ladies. And it will not be for just one week, it will be for eternity. One day, they will get that call. They will take no bags, they will have no worries and leave no concerns. They are all Christians. In Heaven, they will have all they need. You cannot take anything from here so no bags are needed. There will be joy and laughter, and every need will be met.
We may never get that get together here on earth, but, one day … oh what a party in Heaven we are going to have and it won’t be a dream.
Revelations 21:4 HCSB “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away. “
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As toddlers our girls were spoiled rotten (yeah, I know, they still are). But, we would tell them they were rotten to the core; stinking and rotting. Now, when they would tell it back to us it sounded more like … stinkin-in and rottin-in. Their dad still tells them they are rotten in the toddler terms.
Truthfully, things that are rotting are usually stinking and it is anything but cute. When something stinks, it usually has sat around awhile, soured and rotted. Unfortunately, many Christians become rotten from sitting around and souring. They get upset, get discouraged and get down. Instead of going to their knees, seeking fellowship and prayer partners, they just sit and stew … and stew … and then they sour and after a while they just SMELL. You would think they would get the message when people start avoiding them. You can not stand to be around them. They are sour on the world. Nothing is going right for them; nothing is going their way. As the saying goes, “misery loves company” and they want you to be miserable with them. You just want them to get “washed in the blood” all over again. All you can do is bathe them in prayer.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15(HCSB) “14 But thanks be to God, who always puts us on displayin Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.15 For to God we are the fragranceof Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
Hopefully, you are not the one stinkin’. Each day you make a choice. You get up and you choose your attitude. In Matthew 5:3-11 you will find the Beatitudes:
If you are going to “smell” … smell sweet!
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Over the summer when I went to pick up my hubby at the airport, I arranged to meet him in baggage claim. I love to watch people and baggage claim can be quite entertaining. Baggage claim … oh the stories I could tell. This trip got me thinking and taking notes for a future blog.
There are SO many bags:
So I took my notes and tucked them away. Then, recently, when our son-in-law returned overseas, one of the bags he was carrying was lost. According to the airlines, it never left the airport here. Weeks have gone by and still they have not found the bag. The theory is, the tag got torn off on the belt going down from the ticketing area to the sorting area for planes. Wouldn’t it have been thoughtful for the airport employee to have marked that bag with date, time and belt? Might have helped … maybe not. It is still missing weeks later.
So, when our daughter and granddaughters followed weeks later with their baggage, I decided to treat them like I do packages here in the states. I typed up a LARGE piece of paper stating: “LUGGAGE DESTINATION” and we laid it on top before closing each bag. We don’t know if that worked because none got lost. But, it would be nice to think it would.
Unlike our traveling baggage, we often want to carry our ‘life’s baggage” around daily. Piling it on day after day until somehow we cannot function at all. All the regrets, the what ifs, and only ifs … they load us down. Wouldn’t it be nice if the “baggage tag” were just torn off and lost? That just doesn’t happen in real life. It seems to be indelibly marked with our name. Sometimes we set the “baggage down” but, hold on to the tickets and go back and pick them up later. We never learn. The only tag on our baggage, inside and out, should read: “Return to Jesus”.
Give HIM your tickets and let HIM carry your baggage.
Psalm 55:22 ( NASB) “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
Matthew 11:28 (NLT) “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
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