A woman of God left this earth last week. Her life-long faith never faltered. Her love never ended. She didn’t just know her Bible. She lived it.
She knew she was dying of cancer, so she planned her funeral. This is last Bible verse she wanted read, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).”
“People often pray, ‘Please be with us.’
But God is already with us.
Prayer is a reminder that we are in God’s presence.”*
*Pastor Manny Rocha, Cornerstone Church, Glenview, Illinois.
My oldest granddaughters are 3 year olds. They can’t address an envelope or buy a stamp or write a sentence on their own.
The only reason we get mail from them is because of their parents. My dear daughter, daughter-in-law and sometimes even my son, make time and provide materials needed to communicate with us. (We are blessed beyond words.)
And how does this relate to prayer? We can’t do it alone either. The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought (Romans 8:26).
Unless you’re a grandma, I’ll never be able to communicate to you what this note means to me. “Dear Grandma who loves Emma, Emma loves Grandma.That’s it.”
But I can say that a simple prayer probably reaches the deepest parts of God’s heart. “Dear God who loves me, I love you. That’s it.”
I treasure every picture and card my granddaughters make, and proudly display them on our refrigerator. They bring me joy.
There’s a red paper covered with purple scribbles.
A white card with purple, green and red scribbles.
A princess with blue skin.
A card covered with carefully written letter-like shapes.
God treasures our prayers like that, holding them in heaven’s golden bowls.
The prayer of the upright is His delight (Proverbs 15:8 NKJV).
The subheading for James 4:1-10 reads, Drawing Close to God.*
The first paragraph in the section ends, “When you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure (James 4:3).”
To be close to God, I should think and pray about what will bring him pleasure.
*Gary Chapman, General Editor, The Love Languages Devotional Bible, p.1305.
You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask (James 4:2).
One verse. Two options for dealing with desires.
Choose the better way. Pray.