Pray and then … pray some more
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (vs 22)
If there is one thing that I want to help everyone I encounter to know it is that prayer is powerful. As we continue to read through the Psalms, I hope that you are seeing and realizing that each of the Psalms is a prayer. They are all communication with God. And they cover a wide range of topics-sorrow and joy, victory and defeat, confession and salvation, hope and hopelessness, anger and thankfulness AND the list goes on. Apart from prayer, I just do know how we can be followers of Christ. Apart from prayer I do not see how we can both know and share the fullness of God’s love. In order to live for Christ and to have a Christ-centered worldview, we must pray and pray and pray and then pray some more.
Prayer surrounds us with the peace of God. Prayer fills us up with the power of God. Prayer drags you out of the darkest places. Prayer enriches your greatest celebrations. Prayer helps you to find the words when none seem adequate and prayer helps you to know when it is time to sit in stillness and silence. Prayer gives you the courage to take one more step when the world seems weighty. Prayer gives you strength to carry on when you think you have nothing left. Prayer affords you healing and respite when you are broken and tired. Prayer wraps you up in the love God and prayer fills you to overflowing with the Joy of Christ. Prayer enables you to hear and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
It is God who sustains us and keeps us on sure footing in the day to day and we connect with our God through prayer. So, friends, pray. Pray when you are happy and when you are sad. Pray when you are stressed out. Pray when everything is going right. Pray when you are confident and pray when you are worried. Pray when you heart is overwhelmed with joy and pray when your heart is shattering. Pray when you are courageous and pray when you are afraid. Pray when you encounter those things that you would consider blessings and pray when you encounter those things that feel like an attack. In all times and places and states of being and emotions-pray. Fumble for the words, breath a sigh before God, sing a hymn, pray a Psalm or other scripture, sit before God in silence and let your heart speak on your behalf, pray a prayer written by someone else, add an amen to a prayer someone else prays aloud; just pray. Dance before God. Live life before God and let your life be a constant prayer.
In prayer you will get to know God and you will be known by God. In and through prayer, you will live a beautiful life experiencing and sharing the mighty love of God. So, again friends, pray and then pray some more.