UpBeat Spiritual Living: Why Not Pray?
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In small problems and huge ones, do you remember to pray? So often we puzzle out what to do, where to be, and how to solve. But we are running in mental circles, only within our human capabilities. Our picture of a situation, and our universe of solutions, become so much broader when we look to Heaven, literally or figuratively.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul tells us we should “pray without ceasing”, or “pray constantly”. So there is no time when it is a bad or weak idea to pray.
Today my husband phoned at midday to share his progress on various projects. He was making excellent headway overall, but he had lost an important set of keys. In the worst case scenario, without the keys, he would have to do about 8 hours of work to replace a series of locks—a very tiring and expensive proposition. I looked around his office and did not find the keys, although I did find over $500 in cash that had slipped between files. Hmmm. I called my husband back and asked him when he had last seen the keys. We discussed the possibilities for a while, and he was very discouraged.
Then I heard myself saying, “I think you should pray.” He agreed and we both hung up. I prayed for God to show my husband where the keys were, “right now”. After all, I knew God must know where the keys were. In a few minutes, my husband called and said he had found the keys, in a spot where he had checked multiple times already. Wow! Our prayers were answered fast.
So how much time and energy had we wasted, looking around and imagining tiring outcomes, when we could have simply prayed, first? Was this one of Heaven’s “punny” lessons, where we had “lost the keys to the situation” and needed to be reminded of how accessible God is? God wants to be in relationship with us. Let’s make ourselves more available to that relationship—through prayer. Let’s pray more often and experience life on a different level!
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