Friday, August 15, 2014

Simple Prayer

It's so funny how sometimes it can become so hard to do little things... Sometimes even a little thing like "write a blog". Even though it has been hard for me to keep up with it I still want to continue to post to it when I'm able. So today, I was thinking about this idea of prayer. Below are some of my thoughts. May God Bless your day in ways you weren't expecting...

Sometimes we forget that our prayers don’t have to be elaborate and wildly creative. In a day where the normative structure of life is all about looking for the next “big thing” and trying to “out imagine” the next person in our respective professions; we can come to our Heavenly Father at any time without having to worry about impressing Him. As I was reading Psalm 12 this morning, I was struck by the simplicity of how it begins; “Help, Lord.” David was worried about the fact that there seemed to be no one who was faithful anymore. Doesn’t sound all that different to the world we live in today. As we consider all the things we could be praying for, or should be praying for, would our prayers begin with a simple “Help, Lord.” Let me remind us that our ‘true’ help comes from the Lord and it begins with our weakness. When we pray we must remember our own need for help. We need the Lord’s help as much as others need it. Read the whole of Psalm 12 when you get a moment this week. It is only 8 verses and reminds me of the words in Ecclesiastes when the writer says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Indeed, it seems David dealt with some of the same issues we deal with today…albeit with different technology. 

Lord, we thank you that “You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.” (Ps 12:7-8)

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

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