I have a new baby granddaughter! Her name is Anya Elizabeth.
As she grows I will play with her, sing to her, read with her, write her letters and tell her about Jesus. I will give her gifts to show my love.
But the best gift I will ever give is this: I will pray for her as long as I live.
He said it was his fault that his bike was stolen. He left it, unlocked, outside of a store. When he came back a few minutes later it was gone. At first I thought, “It wasn’t your fault. You didn’t do anything wrong.”
But he said, “I’m a native Chicagoan. I know better. I know bikes are stolen here. I should have locked it.”
That got me thinking. Our enemy, the devil, steals. Things bigger than bikes. Purity. Innocence. Joy. Life. Love.
We are responsible to protect ourselves from him, not by locks, but with God’s armor and prayer. Take up the whole armor of God . . . praying at all times in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:13-18).
Before you pray, pause and consider God as the Father of Glory.
The Father of Glory is the originator and source of kingly majesty and absolute perfection. He is supreme ruler of all.*
*from Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary, definitions of pater and doxa.
When we cried to the Lord, he heard our voice and sent an angel (Numbers 20:16).
He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11).
God listens when we pray. To my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice (Psalm 18:6).
He also listens to everything else we say. On the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak (Matthew 12:36).
I, a Christian who knows Jesus as my Messiah, was recently given this prayer shawl. Here’s why Jewish people use them:
You must make tassels for the hems of your clothing . . . When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God (Numbers 15:38-41).
Using my prayer shawl reminds me that obedience and holiness are an important part of prayer.
Alone we accomplish nothing. Apart from Christ you can do nothing (John 15:5).
With God we accomplish much. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
Prayer is working with God through Christ.
God’s plan is the most wise, pure, loving plan that can be thought of, and more. It takes in the whole sweep of our lives, and every detail of them.*
Knowing that God has a plan inspires me to pray.
*S.D. Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer, p. 44.