Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tryin' to think of short, specific, simple things to say in between those two words: "Father" and "amen."

It's cuz of the good One who hears it, not really cuz of the one who sez it.. and not cuz of the length of it or eloquence of it!... that's why there's power inseparably linked with biblically prayin' in the Name of Christ.
"Sin and sickness are interlopers, consequences of the same rebellion. But they are cured by the same Redeemer." ~ Max Lucado
Ebola and Isis are big and are now there. God is much bigger and was there earlier. He isn't surprised, caught off guard, or befuddled and He has the solutions for us because He is the ultimate Solution. 
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." ~ Paul in Phil. 4:6-7
Prayer: 'a subversive activity [that] involves a more or less open act of defiance against any claim by the current regime.'” ~ Eugene Peterson

Too many put it off on too many days 'cause they think God expects eloquence, long, educated or religious prayin' and He won't be pleased with short and to the point. Wrong. He likes you and to-the-point. Thinkin' of short, specific, simple things to say in between the three words: "Dear Lord" and "amen." What concerns you and your buds? What are the needs? Listen, shorter pauses to pray in faith ..out loud or silently.. can happen all day long. That's the point. Ongoing Friendship. A meaningful union. Fellowship based on the greatest love. "Long" can happen too if ya like.. when you're all alone. Why not? Pray without ceasing. Don't need a Holy Spirit gift of "uber-spiritual" or some Bible College degree. You don't need beads or another saved sinner* to mediate prayers to God for you. I wanna get right to it with the One who really cares. 

Father,
You are good, so I praise You.
What is Your will?
I need help.
What’s my part?
They need help—some need forgiveness just like I did and..sometimes do.
Who do You desire to use in this?
Thank you for guiding and providing. 
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Where do you turn first when you have problems? Be quick to turn to God. Become a non-distracted delivery boy or girl of struggles.. of issues.. of fears.. of problems. No silly, not causing that stuff for others. I'm talkin' about interceding, gettin' the right info through to the One who sees it all, Who cares, Who patiently waits, and Who can turn it around changing everything! He wants to hear from us..all about it. Yes, praying for you as well as others so that they will get blessed and become a blessing. So what's really big, or not so biggy..there now in your life? What bugs you, or those with you? God is Bigger and is there now as well. His Name is mightier. His Kingdom is at hand. Not far away. He selflessly loves you, and is not reluctant, resistant or hard of hearing. Knows what's best for you and your buds. Click "like" at facebook. 

*Don't pray to saints or to Mary. She gladly prayed, but she claimed to have been a sinner like you and me, not a go-between. 

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