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This is the second part of the series on Prayer. Prayer is the ultimate privilege of speaking to God as our Father, our Daddy. Jesus referred to this relationship with God as one that is as personal as the one we would have with our own Dad. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He said to address God as “Father”, using a word that translated in English means “a nourisher, protector, upholder”* (Matthew 6:9; 7:11) . Perhaps your earthly Dad was not the ideal nourisher. If your relationship lacked his protection, his pride in your accomplishments, his words of encouragement, a listening ear, his love–no matter what you had done, please know that your Heavenly Daddy waits with open arms to provide for all of your needs. Scripture is full of passages calling our heart to “Abba Daddy”. The Lord encourages us to ask, seek, and knock in Matthew 7:7; pray always in 1 Thessalonians 5:17; pray and do not give up i n Matthew 26:41; pray that your joy (the kind the Lord gives) may be full in John 16:24; pray when you are in trouble or when you are sick in James 5:13. These are only a few instances of when and how to pray. I encourage you to look up the word, pray or prayer in a Bible dictionary and read each passage, hanging onto and bringing to your heart the ones that speak to you.
“O you who hear prayer , to you all men will come.” Psalm 65:2
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much will your Father (Daddy–parenthesis, mine) in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:11
“What have you learned about prayer? How do you view God? What questions do you still have about prayer?”
*definition taken from Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old AND New Testament Words, copyright 1985 by Thomas Nelson Inc., Publishers.
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From My Heart to Yours,
Time to celebrate a journey that began with feeble steps, weak knees, and cry to the Lord sort of like Moses, “I don’t think I can do this..” But the Lord said, “Follow me and trust me.” So here I am one year later, amazed at all I have learned and the many online friendships that have resulted from accepting this challenge.
First of all, I knew nothing about blogging or how to set up a blog. All I knew was that I wanted to write Christian inspirational articles for women. As far as the technical side goes–I would not have made it through the first few rough months without my oldest son’s innate knowledge of computers. Fortunately, he was working right beside me on his computer, and after I whined for awhile, he’d slide his chair over, make me move, sweep his magic fingers across the keyboard, and say, “There.” I never did figure out what he did. I just knew I got the result I wanted. And who cared about the techy stuff anyway? Wrong!
In the Spring of last year, I took a Blogging Workshop, “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” focused around and E book by Darren Rowse. High Calling Blogs and Our Church.com combined to offer the workshop. I wrote more during that time than I think I did in my whole writing career. It was a great experience with a lot of interaction among the participants. Some of us still follow each others’ blogs and have developed genuine friendships.
Since then, I’ve learned about blog hopping, memes, how chopping off parts of a picture is as an art form in photography, (from my dear friend Claire Burge), how to change headers (which I still have to do), how to allow people to contact me, and a whole host of other techniques peculiar to the blogging world. Most importantly, I’ve grown in my faith through writers like Ann Voskamp, Laura Bogess, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Michelle De Rusha, Bonnie Gray of Faith Barista, Lori and AmyDeanne from the Internet Cafe, Holly Gerth, Lisa Jo and all the staff of (in Courage). If you have not paid a visit to these lovely blog homes, please do. You will be blessed. More of my story lies behind that link in the first paragraph, next to Moses.
Hope this blog has blessed you and ministered to you.
Drop me a comment and let me know what you liked best from the posts, what ministered most, and what other topics you would like to see me cover. Thank you, all, for making this a ONEderful year.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21 NIV
What is riddling your heart with worries today? Do you have a loved one who has walked away from the Lord? Is your marriage not what you hoped it would be? Does a spouse or child have a terminal disease? Are you grieving? What is your hurt and pain?
Come to Jesus and drink of His peace moment by moment. We all need His peace.
“There is a future for the man of peace,” Scripture tells us in Psalm 37:37 NIV
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
In what or Who do you find your peace? Do you relate to any of the questions above? Do you have your own set of anxieties that are eroding away your peace?
From My Heart to Your Heart,
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From my heart to yours,