When We Pray

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In Mark 14:36, Jesus prays, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

This prayer shows us both Jesus’ relational intimacy with God (calling him “Abba,” which quite means something akin to “Daddy”) and his submission to the Father’s authority and will. In this example we learn two things: prayer to the Father should always be respectful but need not be formal. Mark Driscoll

When we pray we need to remember our Abba, Father, Daddy, wants to hear our prayer. Prayer is is not a formula, a ritual, a recitation, but instead a conversation with our heavenly Father and as it is with our earthly fathers a way to talk it over.

When we pray we approach our heavenly Father as family. No longer are we outside the family we are part of it. Sons and daughters of God the Father through what Jesus has done for us. Romans 8:15

When we pray we do not always know how to begin the conversation. In situations where we have or see needs, when we pray for others, when we need to know what to do. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, knows God’s will and we can rely on His guidance.  Romans 8:26

When we pray our prayers should always seek to be in line with God’s will for our lives, the lives of others, for the world around us. We see how we think it should be and even Jesus in His moment of humanity asked ” If it can pass from me”. But we must trust in His wisdom, His will, even when we would like it to be another way. We can say “not my will but yours” and be confident He will see us through. Mark 14:36

When we pray we can come with confidence to the throne of God. There in our conversation with our Father we find mercy, and grace to help us through whatever we may be facing. I love the way the NLT translates this in Hebrews 4:16 “we will find grace to help us when we need it most”.

Prayer is a privilege we enjoy to have intimate, honest conversation with our Father. Nothing surprises Him, nothing is off limits. We can discuss our dreams, our failures, our successes, our hopes and yes our fears. When we pray,He listens, He is there!

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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2 Responses to When We Pray

  1. We are contemporaries it seems (I’ll be 69 next month). We certainly have seen dramatic times in history and science. God bless the “bachelor’s micro wave oven”.

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