“Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6 & 7
I am sure you have seen the news of the week with many tornadoes touching down in the southern states. My heart is grieved as I Iisten to interviews with those who have lost their homes and possessions. But, I have also noticed that many give credit to God for survival. Many have said that their family was huddled together in prayer while their home was being torn apart. I even heard one of the storm chasers cry out to God for protection in the video he shared.
Today is our National Day of Prayer. What does that mean?
Do we pray to Almighty God one day a year, or is this supposed to be an example of what we should be doing every day.
What is prayer?
To those who know Father God and make requests known to Him through His Son Jesus the Christ, it is a constant communication. To some it is a memorized or read prayer, and that is good, since God knows the thoughts and intents of hearts. In Romans 12:12 Paul tells us to be faithful in prayer.
A month or so ago I heard on the news that The Dalai Lama was opening the Senate in Washington DC with “prayer.” To whom or to what was he “praying” to? A dead god? An idol of stone?
The Good News today is that we pray to a living God. Our Savior, Jesus, is the mediator between us and God ( I Timothy 2:5). We can come before His Throne boldly with our requests, and, because He loves us, He answers them according to what is best for us.
Because we have a living savior, we can pray to Him as the scripture instructs us in Philippians 4:6 & 7, and that peace is worth more than all the possessions we can own on this earth.
As for me, I want my heart and mind guarded in Christ Jesus, and the best way to do that is to have open communication with Him in prayer, and to read His Word.
How say you?