Pray Every Day

Pray Every Day

 “Devote yourselves to prayer.”                                            Col 4:2 NAS

Each night a little girl threw one of her shoes under the bed before going to sleep. When her mom asked why, she replied, “My Sunday school teacher said if I have to get down by my bed in the morning and look for my shoe, it’ll remind me to say my prayers while I’m there.” If it helps, throw your shoe under the bed! Prayer is the life force that sustains us spiritually. David wrote: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you…My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Ps 42:1-2 NIV).

In his book, The Power and Blessing, Pastor Jack Hayford writes: “I had gone on vacation, and I needed it! It was delightful to get to the beach. But about the fourth day… I found I was feeling empty inside. Then it occurred to me that for four days I hadn’t read a word of Scripture, prayed a prayer or sung a song of praise. It was just kind of ‘Let’s get away from it all.’ We were so involved with church that we didn’t want to do anything ‘godly’ for a while. But suddenly I was called back by the inner hollowness I felt. Through that experience I learned that I can’t recover at a physical or emotional level, if I neglect the spiritual level.” The Bible says: “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Only when you’ve spent time in God’s presence and drawn strength from Him, will you be equal to the challenges you face on any given day.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Umesh wrote:
5dfPlease pray for peace in my heart and clarc2adity for me to do the things that are right even when othc2aders are agisant me. My 75 year old grandc2admother is in need, and I have limc2adited financ2adcial resources, but I still send her 25.00 a week to help her as she gets very litc2adtle in social secuc2adrity and welc2adfare. I have asked other famc2adily memc2adbers to help in anyc2adway they can whether financ2adcially or time. I feel my grandc2admother feels like aburc2adden and to be honc2adest, most everyc2adone in the famc2adily treat her like one. I am angry and disc2adapc2adpointed that no one cares enough to help. She lives in a small 500 sq ft house that is falling apart. My husc2adband and I work on it when we go to Puerto Rico, but our time and again finances are limc2adited. I do not underc2adstand where their comc2adpasc2adsion is. My mother (hr daughc2adter) is angry that I have asked her to come live with me temc2adpoc2adrac2adoc2adrily so I can take her to docc2adtors and evalc2aduc2adate her so I can put a plan together for her medc2adical needs. I am frusc2adtrated, angry, diapc2adpointed. All of these negc2adac2adtive feelc2adings are arisc2ading in me and I pray for peace in my heart so that they do not keep me awake and crec2adate resentc2adment. Please pray for me, and pray for my extended famc2adily to have more comc2adpasc2adsion, to celc2adec2adbrate famc2adily, and to stop the divic2adsion that has been crec2adated. I am so sadc2addened that this is effectc2ading my own relac2adtionc2adships with these people.

Mon, March 3, 2014 @ 9:03 AM

2. wrote:
cfbDear Nancy,Our prayers go out to you and your sit­u­a­tion. You have suf­fered much and I know how much God the Father wants to wrap you up in His lov­ing hands and con­sole you and heal your wounded heart. What you clearly express is that you have a dif­fi­culty with faith. In believ­ing that God loves you per­son­ally as His child and that He wants to heal you. I hear the words of Jesus on the Cross, “My God, my God why have you for­saken me.” Jesus´knows the feel­ings of despair. He has fealt them all, oth­er­wise He could not com­pletely redeem us and all our expe­ri­ences. He assumed all to save all. How­ever, in the Gospels He calls us to have faith. Where there was lit­tle faith, there were few mir­a­cles. In my expe­ri­ence as a priest, many times I have seen that the door opens to heal­ing when one looks to child­hood and sees the first wounds of the heart. It is there that the first walls were built up. The walls that don´t let any­body in, not even God. He won´t force Him­self on us and that is why it is some­times con­fus­ing why He doesn´t heal our present sit­u­a­tion.What can hap­pen is that the lit­tle child can stop cry­ing and say to him­self or her­self (con­sciously or sub­con­sciously), “I won´t let any­body else hurt me.” The heart is held bound by such a promise until it is renounced. One can also be com­manded by ones par­ents not to cry and were never given per­mis­sion to com­mu­ni­cate the hurts one fealt. “Big girls don´t cry” or other cliches that are lies and hurt­ful to emo­tional growth. I per­son­ally heard “Where´s the blood?” when I tried to express the hurts I fealt. It is hard to know exactly what could be the block to you being healed, but I would rec­om­mend a few steps.1. Ask God for the gift of faith and trust that He has given it to you.2. If you are Catholic I would go to Con­fes­sion and exam­ine your life to make sure you are work­ing to live a moral life as is indi­cated by the Gospels, espe­cially in the area of for­give­ness. If we hate and resent oth­ers this can be a great obsta­cle to heal­ing. Then go to Eucharist often ask­ing the Lord to ever come deeper into your heart. To all the dark, lonely, empty, wounded parts. Don´t be afraid. He is always very gen­tle.3. Spend time in prayer in silence in a calm, spe­cial place (I rec­om­mend before the Blessed Sacra­ment in ado­ra­tion

Fri, March 14, 2014 @ 4:00 AM

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