I Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer or Worry... Which do you Choose?

Each morning, the young people at the Banjara Tribal Ministries in Hyderabad, India stop and take time to pray.  They are careful to thank God for all the provisions and blessings that they enjoy.  The young people are also diligent to thank God for all the people who pray and send funds to care for their daily needs.  

As I was listening to the birds this morning, my mind went to Matthew 6:26 and the reminder that God takes care of each the “fowls of the air,” and He will take care of His children.  However, we often choose to worry instead of pray.  Worry divides the mind and causes one to take on the thoughts and ways of the world instead of trusting God.  

Remember:
Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
God who parted the sea, gave water from the rock, and defeated an enemy is the same today.
God desires that we bring all our “burdens” to Him in trusting prayer.
God does answer prayer.
God “knows the way through the wilderness.”
God always does what is best.
 
The Apostle Paul instructs in Philippians 4:6 not to be anxious but to bring all our requests to the Lord.
 
“He who cannot calmly leave his affairs in God’s hand, but will carry his own burdens, is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to help himself.” C. Spurgeon

 

Take Time to Pray

There is great joy to know that God hears and answers prayer.  These children in Myanmar are trusting God for things they know are humanly impossible.

Prayer is often the forgotten or neglected part of the Christian’s life.  In the busyness and rush of one’s daily life, spending time in the presence of God in prayer is slighted or simply not done.  The song writer penned this question, “Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?”   

Prayer is remembering and thanking God for His power and presence.  We can learn from prayers in the Bible such as the prayer in II Chronicles 20 that remembering the power and attributes of God is important.  Our God, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, is all-powerful yesterday, today, and forever.

As we pray today, let’s thank God for Who He is and what He has done.  

Let’s remember His mighty acts on our behalf in the days past.

Rejoice in His love, mercy, and blessings.

Joyfully bring our requests and petitions before Him.

Give thanks for His abundant blessings and answers to our prayers.

Prayer is not a gimmick to get things from God but is a time of fellowship in His presence, listening to His leading and talking to Him about the needs and desires of our heart.  (Matthew 6:5-15)

Take time to PRAY.