Thought for the day

Prayer – talking to God

The one thing that we have been able to do during this very anxious and strange time is talk to each other! It’s been so important to keep in touch, especially for those living alone and having to self-isolate. It’s good to talk!

As Christians, we have an amazing privilege; our Father God loves to hear our prayers!  He loves us to talk to Him

In Jeremiah 12 v 29 He invites His children to speak and promises to listen:

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”  

We can talk to Him at any time of the day or night. He’s interested in the mundane things in our lives, as well as the life changing decisions we might have to make. He knows everything about us but He still wants to hear our prayers…

Isaiah 65 v 24 
“And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”. 

In Thessalonians 5 v 16 – 18 Paul says

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

‘pray continually’ sounds a bit of a tall order but thankfully I don’t think it means we have to actually pray all day and night! God wants us to be in close relationship with Him and to be aware of His presence throughout the day so that we learn to trust Him in every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, I’m prone to trying to sort things out for myself! 

God hears our prayers and always answers them – not always with the answer we want or in the timescale we’d like. But He always answers us. 

Prayer is powerful but thankfully we don’t have to worry about how we say our prayers……

‘Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble but since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.’ Quote from Max Lucado 

1 John 5 v 14-15 tells us 

‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.’

There are many promises in God’s Word to encourage us to pray, and to trust in Him:

Philippians 4:6-7
‘Do not 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.’

God bless and keep safe