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I got that from Donna’s comment, when I answered it I think that my head was in a different spot, so now I want to delve into it a little more. I think that sometimes we are hindered because of what we are taught about prayer, and the structure of it. I pray all the time, some might even say that it is overkill. I pray when I hear an ambulance, I pray right after someone tells me of their problems, I pray when I watch the news, I pray when thoughts of my children come to mind, I pray after I drop someone off from running errands..I think you get the idea. These are not formal prayers at all, if I am driving I don’t pull over to the side of the road to bow my head, if it is in the house I don’t get up and go into a private room to pray, in fact if you were looking at me while I was doing it you might not even know.

I am not saying that I treat God in a passive manner, I know that He understands and sees where true concerns lie. We should always treat God with respect and praise, and when we do fall to our knees in despair, adoration, and praise then we know that He is truly worthy of this and so much more, but there are times that we need to pray and we are unable to go through the outward mechanics, so it shows in our hearts where men does not see but God knows.

One of my favorite scripture is Rom. 8:26-27 which says: ‘ Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. 27) And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.’ Isn’t that comforting? Out of all of my jumbled, clumsy attempts to come to God, the Spirit is already searching my heart and giving it to God in a way that He understands my needs.

We are taught the Lord’s prayer over and over and see the example of prayer, and so at times we don’t realize that God wants us to approach Him, and since He sees our hearts, there isn’t a cut and dry formula to prayer. We know we should praise God, and He is the great provider. He longs to be talked to. 

So why are there times that God might answer a prayer concerning one thing, and does not answer another? I will try and talk about that in my next post. If you have comments, suggestions, or questions on this post or the upcoming one please let me know.

I would like to leave with a prayer from the Psalmist. ‘Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.’ – Psalm 143:8

God bless,

D.

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Luke 15:11-32  – In the story of the prodigal son we are shown that not only do we walk away from the Father when we fall away but we walk away from our family also. It seems human nature to want our rewards while we are here on earth, our Father is a giving Father it is easy for us to take the good things and walk away under the pretense that we can make it on our own. How heavy are the burdens when we separate ourselves from Him.

The reason I believe that it is human nature, is that God gives us a longing of what is to come. We can feel His love and He has given us a sense of self. Without Him these feelings are foreign to us, giving us a false sense of self. There is a reason that we have Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is a support base, keeping us focused, and on track.

When we have trials we are burdened but how great is it to feel that love of your Father and family. When we go through difficult times without a loving Father, and without a loving family trying to wrestle with issues on our own, we find ourselves lost and ultimately alone.  I know the feeling of the prodigal son, but I can also relate to the feelings of the faithful one. I have had jealousy over others that have returned and received a welcome home. Where were they during the work that was done? Maybe they are still lost, keep an eye on this one. I thought these things as I smiled and shook their hands calling them my Brother or Sister. Knowing deep inside that this is needed, they were out of the fold and now they are back.

At times it was because I was raised ‘knowing’ the word, knowing my Father and I have heard of this Brother, but I also knew him for what he was. (I will use Brother here, but it could easily be a Sister.) The thing is, this brother knew me for what I was also. So, how dare he come in, and he knows the word in a way that I have not seen it before. I fool myself at times that my study is the last word on God’s will. A dangerous area that we all reach sometimes, if you have never experienced that then God has blessed you in that area.

The brother of the prodigal son shows us then that there is a parallel feeling within the siblings, self. Though the brother committed to his fathers will, he never strayed. Feeling that he was overlooked, he remained working for his father and then here comes his brother that has been out in the real world, taking his rewards and throwing them away. It seemed that the prodigal son became the fathers favorite. This wasn’t true, the father told his other son that his rewards were still there, the prodigal has come back, he is now found, he can now share in the gifts that his father offered.

I feel sometimes as an only child, within a loving family. I feel that I stray and am out of the fold. But I have a loving Father and a loving family that open their arms to welcome me back. To lift me up so that I might have strength to continue in His love, to lay down self and lift up others. The strength of one person is restricted to their conditioning, the knowledge of a family is limited to their wisdom, the strength, the wisdom, the guidance of the Teacher, a Father, a King, a Lord of lords, a Leader is infinite. Less of self and more of Him who in all things are possible.

D.

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It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells… to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin.

 -Dave Barry

I don’t mind asking for directions, but I don’t like to read instructions. Manuals confuse me, and I can figure out where plugs go, and if it is a piece of furniture I figure a few extra nails or screws never hurt anything, if I have extra parts left over from anything then it just meant that I did a good job.

We like to be self reliant. We are brought up that way, and for the most part that is good. But it can be a hinder if we don’t ask others for help from time to time. We should always rely on God for direction, comfort, for everything in our lifes. Yet it seems that we turn to Him in times of trouble, and when things are going smooth then we tend to think that it is our doing and we overlook God. I had a friend when I was younger, he built something now I can’t remember what that was, but it was something that I did not think was going to go up as he thought it would. After some sweat and various words, he got it built. He called me and I came over to see it he was excited about something that apparently he had doubted also. I said, God is good. He said, God had nothing to do with it, I busted my knuckles God didn’t. He felt this way about everything he accomplished, yet he would pray for other things in his life that he felt he could not control.

God is our Father, what if we did this to our earthly father, guardian, best friends, mother, any earthly person that we consider a pillar in our lifes? That we only turn to them when times are bad and when everything is good we ignore them?
God has an everlasting love. He is there during the struggles, and He is also there during the good to offer direction, and instruction but we have to think less of our abilities and more of His infinite ability for all things.
Romans 8:31-39

D.

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Love..

A Fathers love.

John 15:10

2 John 1:3

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To have a good relationship with God is to accept His gift that He gave us. Some feel that this is difficult to accept, after all, how are we worthy that God imparts a gift to us? We are not, but the art of giving a gift is it demands sensitvity to the real needs of the recipient, appreciation of his/her integrity as a person, and a willingness to give one’s self through the act of giving. How would you feel if your spouse, or loved one gave you back, or refused the gift that you gave them? Giving is love in action, that is how we know God first loved us

1 John 4:19-21

The Christian faith is the story of a special gift. Special because it is unlike any other gift, it is God’s gift. One of life and love for us in order that we may live and love in our relationships with Him and others. We don’t have any claim that God must meet. He acts first through concern for men and women, and their loneliness, their anxieties, sometimes we feel lonely and isolated from others. He respects our integrity, as persons rather than manipulating us. The gift of life and love is something we have a choice in accepting or rejecting. Three parts in the process of any gift is: 1. the giving; 2. the accepting; 3.the using

Eph. 3:17

Eph. 3:16-19

God bless you on your journey,

D.

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God reveals His will through the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit God communicates His life-giving power. To love God is to grow in the power of the Holy Spirit. By the power of God the Holy Spirit lives within us. The Holy Spirit is essential in a relationship between God and man.

1 Cor. 12:31

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, revelation, prophecy, miracles, helps governments; the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love. Without love I am nothing. Why? The answer to such a simple question reveals the characteristic attitude of Christ and not always that of the Church.

1 Cor. 13:1-2

Gal. 5:22-23

God bless you in your journey.

D.

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“Where is God?…go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is in vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become. There are no lights in the windows. It might be an empty house. Was it ever inhabited? It seemed so once. And that seeming was as strong as this. What can this mean? Why is He so present a commander in our time of prosperity and so very absent in time of trouble?” – C.S. Lewis’ -A Grief Observed

C.S. Lewis wrote this after his wife Joy Davidman passed away. More of a journal really than a book. As his Step-Son stated in the forward it is simply as the title states, an observance of grief. Lewis never denies God, he struggles with who God is. To me it feels like God was a close friend who let him down when he needed to call in a favor. 

We find ourselves sometimes in that same spot, we care for people and we seek God’s will, we love God with a passion, just to find out that He has a different agenda then ours. (more…)

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