Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday's Thought

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Prayer.

When I was a kid and while growing up in the church, prayer was One of the hardest and most difficult subjects for me to comprehend- especially as a young boy and a new Christian.

After all, talking to God is a serious subject and you have to get it right or else. Prayer and God are sacred and you've got to be sacred when you go to Him in prayer. Know the language and all. Right?

The pastors I knew always had this almighty, high-lofty prayer each Sunday, and I knew I didn't know those words so it wouldn't come natural-

"OH THOU ALMIGHTY GOD - WHO FORESAKETH ALL FOR OUR SINS - THOU ART MORE HOLY AND WORTHY OF OUR PRAISES O' LORD GOD, OUR FATHER WHO ARTETH IN HEAVEN- HALLOWED BE THY NAME..."

Oh my. It wasn't just one Pastor or Preacher or Evangelist, it was everyone I came into contact with at church, a friends church or campmeeting.

Frustrated, I literally wondered if I could or would learn to speak to God through Prayer. That was concerning as it must be part of the Christian's life.

One day, I was in a class at church when a man spoke about Prayer and how speaking to Him is like talking to your friend, your best friend. Of course, though, you might want to be more "respectful" and "polite" with God than you are with your best buddy- the speaker laughed. He continued to say that you don't need to use the lofty language to speak to Him as you often hear from Pastors, Evangelists and the like- though there is nothing wrong with that either.

Another point he made to support the thought is that when you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, become a Christian or a Believer, He comes into your life to help you with challenges- to be in your life and care for you.

He had a good point. Maybe if I tried to pray as I was talking with a friend, share requests of others, my challenges, the ups and downs, I would be more diligent and feel a bit of "success" in my prayer life.

At first, I have to admit, it was strange, I felt disrespectful, irreverent, unChristian-. That I didn't want. As I prayed more, I felt God's presence and a comfort that I was doing the right thing. The reassurance was what I needed.

As I go through my life now, my prayers have always been as I am talking to a friend. I thank Him for everything, I pray for people as I think of them or see them. I've noticed, I've become closer to God. He is with me more than I felt before- though it's not about a feeling- the closeness has grown because We talk and I "try" my best to listen.

"Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
-Colossians 4:2 [KJV]

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
-Philippians 4:6 [KJV]

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, 
and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:6 [KJV]

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