Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
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?