Sometimes prayer is the first thing I resort to when I'm in need.  Other times it's the last.  Urgency has a lot to do with it.  When I think I have plenty of time or the pain isn't that great that it stops me from being able to get from point A to point B, I go it on my own - go to the Doctor, reason with others, do what seems to be necessary at the time.  When I have no time left I pray.  When the pain begins to be immobilizing, I pray.  I pray for others when they ask me or God puts them right in front of me or there's a large scale Natural Disaster.  There have been times when I have met with others in intercessory prayer regularly.  Sometimes once a month; sometimes every week day.  I know of many people I consider prayer warriors - I am not one of them.  Yet I believe in the Power of Prayer.  I have had too many answers to prayer to do otherwise.  I believe the source of my belief in the power of prayer is that I believe in a personal God who actually is involved in my life and has a plan for me - which is actually one of the reasons I don't pray all the time since if He has a plan for me why do I need to pray.  But then I think "what if I have completed the task I was created for and this is all "gravy?"".  Sometimes I can feel that God is in control and I don't have to pray.  Other times I sense that I am to stop what I am doing and pray immediately.  Most of my "non-intercessory" prayers are actually conversations with God in one person or another.  I tell him what is going on.  I then go on about how I got there.  Then it's about what I know He would want.  Then it's about asking Him to put the pieces together that will make the situation work out for the best and to give me the grace and courage to get through it if it's going to be difficult or worse case scenario, a disaster and most importantly to accept the result if it's not favorable.  Many times when I don't believe I know what to pray for but I know prayer is needed, I pray in tongues (much to the amusement of the EMTs who transported me to the hospital during my first heart attack).  Prayer, empowered by Faith in a living God, is a wonderful gift that keeps on giving.  If you haven't opened this gift or used it lately, I urge you to do so.  If we being self-centered give good gifts to our children, how much more will our Heavenly Father give us? 

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Comment by Forrest Curo on 8th mo. 24, 2017 at 11:17pm

Blessed is God, who eternally gives birth to our lives, and sends us to each other to teach patience and love...

This reminded me of a short passage from Julian of Norwich (in 'Revelations of Divine Love'):

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"Prayer unites the soul with God, for though the soul is always like God in nature and in substance, it is often unlike in condition, as a result of sin. Prayer -- when the soul's will conforms to God's -- likens the soul to God, so that it comes to resemble God in condition as well as nature.

"Thus He teaches us to pray, and firmly believe that we shall be granted what we pray for, for everything that is done shall be done, whether we pray for it or not. The love of God is so great that He considers us to be partners in His good deed; and so He moves us to pray for what He wants to do."

Comment by Forrest Curo on 8th mo. 25, 2017 at 9:24am

What makes a blessing a form of prayer is that a human being says it; and God (if it's appropriate) makes it happen.

Where a Christian would typically phrase it as, "God bless...", pious Jewish usage merely implies God's part in it: "Blessed are the poor," for example, means that God blesses them.

Where this gets intriguing is the common form in which a person blesses God for one good thing or another. It looks to be saying (although I don't know if there's any Jewish teaching to this effect) that God is blessing God.

So God blesses Hsrself by use of a human being, for that human's sake.

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