First Prayers

I knew from the time I was a little girl that there is a God and I knew about Jesus. The way I thought about them then was that God was the boss and Jesus was the nice guy I could talk to. Yes, I could talk to Jesus but He didn’t talk to me. He just took care of things without giving me the details and that was fine with me.

As a teenager, I pretty much ignored them both.  Oh,  occasionally there was the rushed prayer request that I doubted would be answered the way I wanted and that made me angry. My prayers were all about me and I felt like I was just talking to myself.

Life went on and I knew something was missing. One morning while sitting in my living room depressed and lonely I prayed. A real prayer. It was sort of “Hey, God, it’s me and I am miserable and I don’t know what to do. All I do know is that what I am doing isn’t working so I am going to try your way, but I don’t what that way is or what to do. So, please help me.” There was no bolt of lightening or angel’s singing or a voice like in the movies with music in the background. The day just went on like any other day.

The thing is that was probably the first real prayer I ever uttered. It felt different…I felt different. I wasn’t instantaneously changed I was still sinking in my sin, but it seemed likedoor-1590024_640 maybe I wasn’t going to drown. Maybe I was going to get out of the muck and start walking. Walk where I didn’t know but it felt good to have some solid ground under my feet. I also didn’t know how long the walk would be or how rocky and sometimes slippery the path would be which is a good thing. My spiritual muscles were weak!

That morning in my living room was the beginning of my talking with Jesus and I haven’t stopped for forty years. We have a good and gracious God who hears the prayers of all who are afraid, lonely and lost. He not only hears, He talks in whatever language or vernacular needed to communicate with the one praying.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Ro 8:26

What was the first “real” prayer you remember praying?

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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Psalm 27:4 niv

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To live with the Lord and to see Him we need to know Him,
not just to know about Him but to be aware of His presence
To see Him and to know Him we must take the time to look
for Him and to listen for Him in our daily lives.
When we ask to see the beauty of the Lord in His temple
we will have the desire realized, but we must seek Him.

Do you look for the Lord and listen for Him throughout your day?
When was a time you were surprised by His presence?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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2 Timothy 2:7 esv

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It is simple to know something but not always easy to understand it.
It is often like this when we read God’s Word.
Perhaps one of the reasons for this is to have us think about what we read;
taking time to consider the text and reflect upon it.
One day we may come to an understanding of a verse or passage;
at another time we may be given a fuller understanding or insight,
and still later, see a different aspect of what was written.
There may be things we will never understand this side of Heaven.
That’s okay. God provides all we need when we need it.

Does it frustrate you when don’t understand something?
Have you asked God to give you understanding?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Psalm 34:14 kjv

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Read this verse carefully and think about what it says about peace.
This verse does not say depart from evil and do good and you will have peace.
The verbs used with peace are; seek and pursue.   
When we depart from evil and do good peace doesn’t just suddenly appear.  
Yes, we do have, within us, the peace Jesus gives to us.
However, in this world we know unrest and conflict and have to look for peace.
We must search for peace, work for it, run after it with persistence.

Have you thought about the kinds of peace we experience?
Do you think the peace Jesus gives us
is separate or different from the peace we are to seek and pursue?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Proverbs 3:6 nlt

Fork_in_the_road_for_Brunslow_-_geograph.org.uk_-_873046Ask the Lord for directions.
Follow them.
Simple.

Do you find it less than simple to follow directions?
Why?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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