There Is A Scripture
We are encouraged in the Scriptures to be in continual conversation with God, prayer, about everything. It’s important to remember who it is we are speaking to and acknowledge that to Him right from the start, but with that in our awareness, I like to think that prayer can be an unguarded, uncensored, unscripted and ongoing conversation, engaged in, in trust and with a comfort that that trust inspires.
We pray for lots of reasons, most often because we have a need or a want, and that’s ok.
Sometimes, and for me this is an important one, we pray just because we need to unload and Yahweh, Abba Father…well… He’s there… and … He listens.
My children reminisce that when they were little and things were not going well at home, all of them, at one time or another, would go down the drive way to Grammy’s house. There she was, in her recliner, just as she always was and they would climb up into her lap and lay their head on her breast. She would put her arms around them and… “What seems to be the problem baby?”
They could just lay there while she rocked or pour out all their complaints and she would listen and comfort.
Didn’t change what had happened at home with Mom or Dad but did provide a pause, a chance to get away at a time when they weren’t feeling the love, to be consoled and stroked by one they knew, knew them…and… loved them.
Eventually and inevitably, it lead to a bit of reflection… all around, establishing proper perspectives, lessons learned, and in little minds, realizing things weren’t really as bad as they seemed.
Sometimes I’m not looking for answers. Sometimes I’m just looking for relief. And I’ve found that when the world is driving me a little whacky or I find myself thinking and behaving in a way I know is just not right, I can lean on and into Him, Jehovah God, and have a sense of peace that logically I shouldn’t be having. I just start speaking to Him and it comes.
It provides a pause and a reflection and an opportunity to establish a proper, truthful perspective in the company of One, the One, who knows me and loves me.
And eventually and inevitably He who knows everything already, separates out all of my spin on things and shows me what is really going on and the lessons I need to learn.
He shows me that the world isn’t always nice or fair and there is injustice and evil and I may suffer some of that.
He also shows me where my thoughts and actions have elements of pridefulness and arrogance, self gratification and greed, jealousy and enviousness, stinginess, laziness, unkindness, smallness of character, seediness and on and on.
He doesn’t reveal these things, though, to accuse me or crush me with condemnation. He reveals these things to show me/us what righteousness is and what we should be striving for, what is possible...with Him.
He patiently forgives and comforts and instructs.
It’s comfort to talk to someone who loves you, knows you and who cares. That has been and is my experience.
So I give heed to God breathed words through the evangelist:
“…make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. Then God’s shalom, passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua.” Philippians 4:6-7 CJB.
and the psalmist:
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7 AKJV
Father who is like You. Awesome, Creator, all powerful, just and merciful, loving God. You are to be feared and loved, praised and worshipped. You could accuse. You could condemn. But instead You forgive our sin and clean us. You instruct us in Your goodness. You comfort us and gift us with peace. Thank You so much for that peace. Thank You so much for Your love and companionship Father.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,
May God’s love be in us all.