Author: Byron Pulsifer, ©2012
There are those who believe that a Sunday church service is the only necessary time and place to pray, and these prayers
are usually lead for you by the minister. Do you have occasion to pray at any other times?
Pray More Often Than You Think
There is no one time that prayer is required nor is there just one place. Prayer is something that you may engage in more than you think. It could simply be a prayer that your children will arrive safely at school, or a prayer that your spouse will be able to get off work in time to pick the kids up from daycare or school, or that you will be able to attend a child's recital.
And, while each of these kinds of prayers may not be specifically addressed to God, they are a reflection of one's prayers that continue to enter your life on a daily basis.
So, what does prayer mean in these situations rather than prayers that are more formalized in a particular way or in a particular location such as a church?
Prayer means that you have placed God at the forefront of your life and when you send messages of caring, desire, concern you are in reality communicating with God. God hears your concerns, thoughts and hopes without judging or without a need to hear your prayers in a formal way.
There are prayers that thank God for all the blessings we have including our freedom to worship when and where we want, to thank God for allowing us to love, to car, and to in turn be loved by others. There are prayers that ask for forgiveness, that asks for guidance during times of strife or unrest, or prayers for others throughout the world seeking more peace and tranquility or food to sustain life, or to ask for the goodness of other nations to help other mankind.
A Special Communication
In each of our prayers, there is always a special communication that supersedes that which we can touch, see or envision as part of our worldly state. Prayers go beyond that which often we can understand or contemplate for there is a master plan that we only touch upon without knowing the huge picture that is unforeseen.
Prayer continuous on a continuous basis for each of us who understands and values the grace and power of our supreme being.
When you engage in prayer, you are exercising a control over your life that no one can take away. You do not have to pray out loud like you would be requested to do in a church. You can pray silently during the day by taking a short mind break where you open your communication with God. You can pray when you are walking through the woods, or in a park, or in a movie theatre. There is no need to be recognized as praying if you should live in a country where your prayers are not welcome. You can also engage in leading a prayer if you are asked to make a blessing over your Thanksgiving meal, or to pray with your children before they fall to sleep.
An Open Line of Communication
You have an open line of communication with God that and one that cannot be denied. There are a lot of people who have forsaken prayer or denied that its power is real. In one situation recently, this denial was dominant until there was a major catastrophe with one of their children. It was a terrible event that caused both man and wife to suffer greatly with the loss of a child. But, it was the gift of prayer with God that strengthened then to be able to handle this devastating event. It was not an easy situation but it was a situation that God could help them with for it was only through communication with God that comfort was brought to them.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"We need people we can trust to pray with us, cry with us, celebrate with us,
fight with us and love with us!
If you are part of a church that does not offer that, find one!"
"We can also acknowledge what an unspeakable privilege it is to be able to
call the God of the universe
into action (as it were) - to have him answer our prayers and
change the hearts and minds of those we are
"Prayer is need finding a voice. Prayer is embarrassment seeking relief. Prayer is friend in search of friend. Prayer is a quest in the darkness of midnight. Prayer is knocking on a barred door. Prayer is communion through both darkness and closed doors. Prayer is shameless insistence in the name of another. Prayer is expecting and receiving all things whatsoever we need to meet the demands when Jesus our Friend calls on us."
Ralph A. Herring
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