Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday's Thought

Last week, I talked about prayer and getting past the hurdle of the "high and mighty" or "lofty" speech when praying. Praying to God, like you're talking with your best friend, is one way to do it.

Another thought about prayer this week.  I love praying for other people and their needs, not to mention my own.  Sometimes, I inadvertently forget everyone else and focus on my own self.  That's not a good thing.

Today's self-centered society or as I like to call it "Me-First World" may tend to pray like we drive or walk or cut in front of someone in line at the store, "Me-First."  Not only are those behaviors rude and inconsiderate, they are not what God commands us to do.

When I was younger, centuries ago, I was taught a poem.  I've been trying to remember or determine if it was part of a song or an actual poem or where it came from.  As I "Googled" to find ideas or suggestions to this, I found quite a few resources suggesting in a different direction that I am writing this week.  Most of them were referring to living a life to serve Jesus, serve others, and then yourself is the way to have J-O-Y in your life.  True.

My point is in prayer.  Remembering to pray, how to structure your prayer.   I was taught to remember this when I pray:

Jesus first:  Praise Him for all His Goodness and the Blessing He has given you.

Yourself Last:  Your requests to God are last.

Others in between:  Pray for the needs of others.

I was taught it in the order written, J-Y-O.  Changing it to the context it's meant or stated, you can form an easy acronym of J-O-Y.   Which, makes it easier to pray for others.

I'm sure there are many other ways to remember prayer requests of others or to pray for others.  Please share them in the comments below.