Wednesday, May 8, 2013

thoughts, poems & inspiration on prayer


Earlier this week I sent you a PRAYER CHALLENGE (read it at this link and take the challenge),  and I have continued to be bent toward, bomboarded by and even convinced that this is a season for prayer.  It is not that prayer is more important now.  It is not that this is a more difficult time.  It simply is that God desires our time, and prayer becomes a connection that keeps us close and listening to God.  He is speaking.  Are we tuned in?

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

James 4:8  NLT
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.  

Being devoted to prayer is a choice a person makes.  Prayer will radically change our lives.  Prayer refocuses our hearts, actions and words.  Prayer reminds us that God is always in control.  Prayers connects us and brings us closer to God.

Mother Teresa wrote these two poems about prayer:

The Fruit of Prayer
The fruit of silence is prayer

The fruit of prayer is faith

The fruit of faith is love

The fruit of love is service

The fruit of service is peace.

Love to pray
Feel often during the day the need for prayer and pray.  

Prayer opens the heart, till it is capable of containing God himself.  

Ask and seek and your heart will be big enough to receive Him
and keep Him as Your Own.

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart." --- John Bunyan

"Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude -- an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God." --- Arthur Pink

To see a person’s life line up with God is incredible.  To see a person fall in love and passionate follow God makes who I am and what I do so much more exciting.  Prayer is something that allows us to look in to eternity and not dwell on the right now.  I believe that God is looking for people who are willing to think further, dream bigger and to have greater faith.  Prayer makes those things possible.

I close with a prayer that hit my heart and resonates in my mind.  Maybe you will join me in the prayer challenge and in praying this prayer often as we come closer and closer to God…

"Lord, make my life A window for Your light To shine through And a mirror to reflect Your love To all I meet. Amen." --- Robert Schuller

Note: Pray for back2school 2013 as it gains momentum and pray for our church as we hope to close on our new building very soon.

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