Friday, February 10, 2017
Walking in Prayer
Lately our women's Sunday School class has been learning more on prayer, like what it is, what we should do, etc. This has been a good lesson, and definitely something to think on
I hadn't given it a lot of thought til then. I mean, throughout the day it's nothing to have a talk with God about things that go on. If I waited til the end of the day, I'd forget a ton of stuff to talk to God about. So, while doing housework or quilting or whatever, I talk to God. Sometimes it is little trivial things, like "Lord, what do ya want me to do about supper?", "Lord, help me find such and such", and then sometimes it's about the kids or hubby or other family/friends. But, it still pretty well goes along with 1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
George Mueller has come to mind a bit this week. For those who don't know who he was, he was a German immigrant to England in the early 1800's, educated in Wittenburg, and began orphanages in England. He relied on God to provide everything from lodging to meals. He had a giant faith and a prayer life that I'd love to have.
This has made me think...do we really pray for everything? Do we trust in God for everything? If not...we should.
Years ago, I learned a lesson on faith and trusting the Lord in taking care of needs. As a baby Christian then, I had no clue how to pray much beyond "help me!", and yet the Lord took care of legal matters, food, shelter, health, job, etc. I know how it feels to be homeless, penniless, jobless, etc and have a child in tow. I know how it feels to have a home but nothing in the cupboard as well. But...I also know how it feels to have faith in the Lord and know that He will provide, all we have to do is ask.
Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Did this happen all overnight, learning to trust and pray? No. It took, at least for me anyway, 13 years of the Lord showing Himself in answering prayers in ways that I least expected. He still shows Himself in the prayers asking how I will take care of the needs of the family when money is non-existant after bills are paid, how we will handle situations with special needs, how we'll handle this or that.
Don't get me wrong, I've had my share of freak out sessions when it's been a reaction to information or situation that comes up from what seems as nowhere. Sometimes it takes a reminder from Pastor or Ms, Jane, or from my long time friend Susan, or from an online friend, or even a hymn heard on the radio...to put the focus back where it belongs and quit freaking out over things, that God is still in control. It's so natural to worry...we women do that rather well...but He is still in control.
I look up to people like Mueller and Elizabeth Elliott (see quotes on the side) who have a long time testimony of faith. One day I would like to be among their midst.
Have you prayed today and talked with the Lord and asked Him for your daily needs?
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