Almost 48 hours into the New Year.
What happens between January 1 and December 31 must be submerged in prayer.
Often prayer can be thought of as this long elaborate dialogue that must be eloquent and convincing. Convincing to whom? Perhaps we want to make sure we did it right?
In the Book of Nehemiah, the Cup Bearer to the king came with a request. It was not an easy request. When the king asked “What is it you want?”? Nehemiah did not have time to run to his chambers and continue on bent knee to call on the Lord. What we see is that quickly he invokes the Presence of God and he prayed to the God of heaven. Weather he prayed quietly under his breath or his heart spoke a request to the Lord we do not know from the reference. What is certain is that he prayed!
Sometimes a friend calls and is in turmoil. We may not have much to offer but we can pray. Driving down the highway we see an accident and we can’t stop, but we can pray.
Prayer meetings are scheduled at church and we make excuses not to go.
In the middle of the night fear and questions bombard your mind; pray and call on the one that can give us rest and peace.
Impossibilities and circumstances that we can’t seem to understand; have we tried praying?
Wrong has been our choice. Sin has visited and we welcomed it. Like the thief on the cross his prayer drew him to the heart of God.
We know from Scripture that Nehemiah was victorious. Oh, he had many challenges but as he cried out to God we see God’s faithfulness leading Nehemiah to rebuild that which had been torn down.
Prayer is not constrained by time. Sometimes it seems God has not heard us. Sometimes the answer is no. Often the answer is in the waiting. Other times before our words are finished the miraculous has already occurred.
Let me encourage you to pray in this New Year 2017.
As you see the Lord moving in your life, I’d love to hear your testimony of what God has done or is doing in and through you.
2017 Prayer Tip: Make a list on your cell phone with a daily reminder to pray. Add names and situations; list dreams and visions. Pray for the lost and encourage those who cross your path.
even as your soul is getting along well. (John 3:1:2)