Thursday, March 14, 2013

Prayer--Why Bother?

Do you ever wonder what’s the point of prayer? Especially when prayers for your husband seemed to bounce off an invisible ceiling, unheard and unanswered? Perhaps you've shook your fist at God---why should you bother to pray when He's already determined what will take place?

A pastor who's first wife died of cancer shared this with me:

Like you, I used to struggle with that conundrum…that is, until I came to a very important realization…namely, my prayers are part of God’s eternal plan.

The truth is that part of God’s working out His will encompasses my prayer. This doesn’t work out all the logical kinks, but it does help me understand where in God’s plan my prayers fit.

God designed the blueprint for the ages and an essential part of that “blueprint” is yours and mine prayer life. That is why prayer is so essential to us. Here's a quote from Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest that shows why we must continue to pray even when we don't understand:

“Prayer is the battle, and it makes no difference where you are. However God may engineer your circumstances, your duty is to pray. Never allow yourself this thought, “I am of no use where I am,” because you certainly cannot be used where you have not yet been placed. Wherever God has placed you and whatever your circumstances, you should pray, continually offering up prayers to Him.”

Chambers also said, “prayer is the working of a miracle” in me. I have no idea why God put me in the loop, but He did. And He put you in the loop too.

I'll be the first to admit I find it hard to pray. My mind finds many excuses to distract me and rabbit holes to explore instead. But when I do pray? Things happen. Not as I expect, not on my time---but far better than what I asked because prayer helps me see things from God's perspective. That's what I call re-framing my perspective. It's "the working of a miracle in me."

Do you find the working of a miracle in you too?



4 comments:

  1. **Do you find the working of a miracle in you too?**

    Yes I do.

    Another inspiring post. Thank you ~ FlowerLady Lorraine

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that Lorraine. I hope everyone will click on your name to visit your blog. Your walk with the Lord shines through as a real blessing.

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  3. I do feel the miracle from within..

    Although at times it's so slow that I think it's gone. That's my brain talking..but if I look to my heart..I'll see that it's still there working...

    I think sometimes (at least for me) miracles are something that should "now". Being an impatient person; I have to work on understanding that even miracles need to take their time to work and grow. How else would we really appreciate the true value of a miracle?


    I often get distracted with many things both internally and externally. Because of that..I often forget to pray or forget what I was to pray about. I started to write it down in a notebook; but then I would misplace that. I have found another solution that works for me. I always have my phone; so I have a note pad application and I use that to keep my prayer list.


    Great Post Ferree! <3

    Lorraine, I'm also glad to hear that! <3

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  4. Hey Cathy, great use for the phone! And I get what you said about miracles. Sometimes they're like the smallest moment that changes the course of our life--easily overlooked. And like I wrote in my book---sometimes miracles happen when we pray, but sometimes it's a miracle that we pray. Keep on keeping on Cathy and God bless us one and all! <3

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