If I can live without God some of the time, then I can live without Him all of the time: Therefore, I don’t need Him. That is the definition of pride. If I don’t need God, then I am my own God.
When I track my weary way,
When fresh trials come each day,
When my faith and hope are dim,
Then, my soul, consider Him.
As I grew spiritually I realized that I was created to worship God. Everything else is secondary and can wait. Life was never about me at all, it’s all about God. When I accepted that it’s not about me, I started to experience a true and genuine relationship with God. My life then became a life of prayer and worship.
“Last year I fell in Hodgkin’s well
Head first,” said Cyrus Brown.
“With both my heels a’sticking up,
My head a’pointing down.
And I made a prayer right then and there,
Best prayer I ever said—
The prayerest prayer I ever prayed
Was standing on my head.”
It is not that God has difficulty hearing us, it’s that we have difficulty hearing Him. Prayer is really a means by which God prepares our hearts and minds to “hear” Him, i.e., to perceive His will.
I prayed for thee today,
To the God Who has all power
That He would keep thee close to Him
And strengthen Thee this hour,
Bearing our sins on the Cross was such a burden that the Creator and Sustainer of the entire (physical AND spiritual) universe was almost overwhelmed.
Grace is NOT cheap.
When prayer is all we can give, then it is a great gift indeed. But, if we can give more today, then we must do more than just pray.
If prayer is all we are willing to give, then we don’t really want a solution, we just want absolution.
These peaceful moments before dawn are what remind me that there is more to life than my own little needs; that there is more to faith than what the eyes can see; that my life is not my own, and no matter how dark the day seems there is always good in Jesus, like the sun shining behind the clouds.
Brothers and sisters, thanksgiving is not an arbitrary concept. Thanksgiving is a consequence of our faithful response to God, Himself.