Prayer: No Place To Hide

  "Souls without prayer are
   like people whose bodies
   or limbs are paralyzed:
   They possess feet and
   hands but they cannot
   control them."
    ~Teresa of Avila~

An Illustration

Once upon a time, a man was stranded in the desert. His life was about survival. Shelter, clothing, food, and fresh water were all that mattered, but he was ill-quipped and ill-prepared for the tasks. 

The hot sun burned him. There was no water that he could find, only miles and miles of sand in every direction. He moved across the barren landscape, with each step depleting him. The days were terrible, the nights horribly lonely and frightful.

By high noon of the fourth day, parched and blistered, he could see his end in sight. There were big, black vultures circling and squawking above him. His body ached. His tongue was swollen, his eyes were slivered squints. He was crawling, and then in a spasm of exhaustion he sprawled forward facedown.

The man’s breathing was coming in labored hitches. He floated in a hazy stupor between consciousness and unconsciousness, with death lurking close by.

The man’s plight illustrates that when we do not cultivate our prayer life we choose to be stranded in the wilderness; we choose to die a slow, lingering spiritual death. 

Prayer is an ever-present oasis in every desolate desert we face; prayer is our source of strength connecting us to God. How’s your connection? Is it active, vibrant, and alive or frayed, frazzled, and shorted out? 

How’s your prayer life? Is it real and honest or hollow and empty?

"Don't pray when it rains if
 you don't pray when the sun
 shines."
     ~Satchel Paige~
 
 
"Heaven is full of answers to
 prayers for which no one 
 ever bothered to ask."
     ~Billy Graham~
 
 
"Prayer does not change God,
 but it changes him who
 prays."
   ~Soren Kierkegaard~
 
 
"We have to pray with our
 eyes on God, not on the
 difficulties."
    ~Oswald Chambers~

George Washington Carver - 1906
George Washington Carver - 1906

Essence Of Prayer

Here’s how we routinely approach prayer: We mess up, we make mistakes, and then want God to fix things, to pull some strings on our behalf. If he doesn’t work it out to our liking, we wonder what’s wrong. After all, we go to church every Sunday.

Too often we expect God to fetch and carry for us like some celestial waiter because we leave generous tips in the offering plate.

Or, more often than we care to admit, we treat God like a spare tire to be used only in an emergency. We keep him tucked away in some dark space beneath all the clutter and confusion of our lives until we need him.

We never consider him until we’re stuck and have no other options. Then, he better be there for us; he better be pumped up, in good repair, and ready to rescue us.

Those inclinations toward God are seldom expressed aloud, but sometimes, that is exactly the way it is, which is completely contrary to what prayer is all about.

The scientist and educator George Washington Carver figured out the essence of prayer: “My prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else. I indulge in no lip service, but ask the great God silently, daily and many times a day, to permit me to speak to him. I ask him to give me wisdom, understanding, and bodily strength to do his will. Hence, I am asking and receiving all the time.”

How intensely profound: Prayer as an attitude, a perspective, and lifestyle.

Consider some words Jesus had to say about prayer in what we know as the Sermon on the Mount. In this passage Jesus teaches us what to do and what not to do. He draws a distinct contrast between accepted Pharisaic behavior and the expected behavior of a disciple.

  "Our Father in heaven,
   hallowed be your name, 
   your kingdom come, your
   will be done on earth
   as it is in heaven."
    ~Jesus of Nazareth~ 

Matthew 6:5-8 - NIV

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

"Christianity has to be 
 disappointing, precisely
 because it is not a mechanism
 for accomplishing all our
 human ambitions; it is a 
 mechanism for subjecting all
 things to the will of God."
      ~Simon Tugwell~ 
 
"He who prays fervently knows
 not whether he prays or not
 for he is not thinking of the
 prayer which he makes, but of
 God, to whom he makes it."
     ~Frances de Sales~ 

God Not Man

Jesus made clear that the focus must be God not man.

Very simply, we are not to engage in ritual showmanship because that is flat-out hypocritical. We need not babble on and on and on, because God isn’t hard of hearing and he understands human language just fine, thank you very much.

For the Pharisees, prayer was a three ring circus performance to be seen by others as a demonstration of their righteous piety. It revealed how wonderful and good they were. Their prayers were not actually directed to God but were put on display for those in the audience.

The Pharisees loved long, eloquent, repetitive phrases that highlighted their righteous standing before men. It mattered not what a holy and omniscient God required. Outward appearances of faithfulness motivated the Pharisees. Like the praying mantis, they took on the posture and went through the motions of prayer.

Our culture is riddled with the same kind of hypocrisy. We pander to celebrity, position, and power. It may be manifested differently in present-day Christian circles, but it is hypocrisy nonetheless.

 "In prayer it is better to
  have a heart without words
  than words without heart."
        ~John Bunyan~ 

Is Christ's teaching on prayer all about integrating kingdom values into our daily lives?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Perhaps
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Call Me Crazy

Do we buy into kingdom theology? Do we really believe that this world is not our home? Do we walk in faith knowing that we are citizens of heaven?

Will we have a kingdom mindset or culturally correct mindset? Here’s the kicker question: Which mindset will our lifestyles reflect?

To me, when Jesus talked about prayer, he was addressing lifestyle issues. He was talking about integrating prayer into how we live; he was talking about applying the values and principles of God’s kingdom into our daily lives.

That requires grace and discipline; God’s grace and our discipline. It is God’s grace and our discipline working together that allows us to confront and rise above the accepted hypocrisy of our culture.

At the risk of being labeled a kook when it comes to prayer, here are some prevalent examples of hypocrisy that many of us readily accept, condone, and practice.

We pray for traveling safety, then violate the speed limit or drive recklessly. 

We pray for our food to be blessed, then proceed to munch on junk food that has questionable nutritional value or grumble about what’s on the table. 

We ask God for help financially, without ever applying stewardship principles as we spend unwisely or self-centeredly.

We pray for good health, while indulging in unsafe or unhealthy habits.

Call me crazy, but in teaching about prayer, Jesus castigated hypocrisy and taught us not to be hypocritical. Why do we so easily make allowances for our hypocrisy?

  "Every time we pray, our
   horizon is altered, our
   attitude to things is
   altered, not sometimes,
   but every time, and the
   amazing thing is that 
   we don't pray more."
    ~Oswald Chambers~ 

Simply & Unpretentiously

Be real. Recognize that Christ calls us to a higher standard. Be authentic and straightforward; be honest and understand that who you are when you are alone with God is exactly who you are. With God, we cannot pretend to be someone we’re not. 

God is not deaf, blind or weak. He understands heart language. Prayer is a heart issue. It truly is all about what’s going on in our hearts. God receives us just as we are, warts and all. He accepts our frail, feeble sounding heart-cries.

God doesn’t require eloquence from us; God doesn’t expect systematic theology to be displayed in our prayers. Like children before a loving father, God desires that we open our hearts to make our prayers and petitions simply and unpretentiously.

God knows our hearts. We can appear to have our stuff together. We can say all the right words and do all the right things, keeping up pious appearances. We can fake everyone out by masquerading as a praying mantis, but no matter how convincing, God will not be fooled by our act.

Psalm 139:1-6 - NIV

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

"Father, I abandon myself
 into your hands. Do with
 me what you will, whatever
 you do, I will thank you.
 I am ready for all, I
 accept all. Let only your
 will be done in me, as in
 all your creatures, and 
 I'll ask nothing else, my
 Lord. Into your hands I
 commend my spirit; I give 
 it to you with all the love
 of my heart, for I love you,
 Lord, and so need to give 
 myself, to surrender myself
 into your hands with a trust
 beyond all measure, because
 you are my Father."
   ~Charles de Foucauld~ 

Communication, Communion, Relationship

In genuine, heartfelt prayer there’s no place to hide. There are no magic words, phrases or incantations to soften or cushion the truth.

God knows our wants, needs, desires, struggles, private hells, and secret dreams. We need to be honest with him, but before we can do that we need to be honest with ourselves. He knows us inside out, and despite our failings, flaws, and sins, he loves us with an everlasting love.

What’s up with prayer is this: Prayer is communication, communion, and relationship with God; prayer strengthens, challenges, invigorates, releases, and changes us. And here’s the awesome, life-altering reality: God continually invites us into communication, communion, and relationship with him.

For us to cultivate that earnest connection we cannot indulge in Pharisaic games. Rather we must recognize that Christ calls us to a higher standard. By God’s grace and our discipline we are to strive and press on to get there.

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks for a inspiring post!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

You're welcome, Carolina Muscle. Thanks for visiting. Always appreciated.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

We never consider him until we’re stuck and have no other options. Then, he better be there for us; he better be pumped up, in good repair, and ready to rescue us. SO TRUE!!

I appreciate you pointing out that we diminish the integrity of our prayers when we foolishly attempt to use God as a means of straightening out the mess we, ourselves, have created. Mumbling words to Him when our back is against the wall is not praying.

Our prayers to God are not for changing Him or to beg Him to do what you want Him to do. Rather, it is to be changed by God and to be empowered to do His divine will. Man is transformed in prayer, not God.

Thank you Ken for a wonderful reflection on authentic prayer.

Forever His,


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RevLady - Thank you. Your words of affirmation always make me think a bit deeper. Peace & blessings to you.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

May I comment brother?

After Lord's resurrection He was teaching disciples only(!) about the kingdom.

I believe our home is not heaven, but earth. We will return back. What do you think?

Oops, I guess I am a kingdom man.


Jonathan DeWayne Allsup 6 years ago

While cleaning up dog mess in the kitchen for the 3rd morning in a row this morning, my thoughts were angered and tortured, and in a moment of realization I turned by thoughts to prayer. This post solidified my thoughts of prayer this morning. Great article. Thank you for the post, I would say you posted it for me and many others who needed to hear it this morning in particular.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I hope by reading this hub, we can increase our spirituality. For me, we can pray at any time and at any place. But we can hide from the God. You compare this hub with various quotes which represent that we need to pray a lot. God bless you, Ken. and I rate this Up!


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Lord seeker 6 years ago from Ozark Mountains of Missouri

Wow! Great hub on prayer. How wonderful that we are able to go to Our God anytime and any place because of Our Lord and Savior Jesus! What an awesome God is Our God! Thanks for the great hub, brother.


Bonnie Frey 6 years ago

Well said Ken - and thought provoking. Thank you for writing it. I made a copy of this one. :) Bonnie


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Ken,

Your hub is both convicting and comforting - great message on prayer and the heart of prayer. I am convinced that prayer is that attitude of the presence of God and it is one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines. But oh when we engage in that time with the Lord it is life-changing. Also agree that it is not the words we speak, but the communion that we engage with God that is powerful. There have been times in my life when I could not utter a word, but prayer was so sweet and the presence of God so powerful - I also remember another time that all I could pray was "Lord Jesus Christ, Have mercy on me" and He came to my side, ministered to me in ways I had not imagined and changed me in ways that I never thought I could attain. Bless you, brother for this hub!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Vladimir Uhri - Thanks for your comments.

Christ's teaching on prayer was before his death & resurrection. What I quoted was from the Sermon on the Mount, so the audience was likely a blend of disciples & seekers & those merely curious, along with some hostile to the message. Kind of like the mix of those who inhabit HubPages :>)

Blessings & encouragement to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Jonathan - Good to see you here. Thanks for stopping in & sharing. Glad this solidified your prayer thoughts & were helpful. Good luck with the housebreaking chores. :>)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

prasetio30 - Thank you for your good words & for rating this up. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Lord seeker - You're welcome. Thank you for stopping in & sharing words of affirmation & encouragement.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Bonnie - You're welcome. Thank you for encouraging words. Much appreciated.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

coffeesnob - Thank you for your thoughtful words of affirmation. "I am convinced that prayer is that attitude of the presence of God and it is one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines." Well said. Blessings to you.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ken, a great hub on prayer. I have found it difficult if not possible at all to "pray on command" and what I mean is to be called upon to pray to close a Sunday school class or worship service. It is something I don't want to be asked to do nor do I care for it. I view it in my case, as making a prayer from thin air when I'm not in the mind to do so. I respectfully decline those invitations to do so. As I spend a lot of time alone rather than talk to my self I run a conversation with Jesus as I move about doing my tasks. I'm not sure one would consider that "prayer", I consider it staying in touch as I find no profit in talking to myself so I direct my conversation with a friend, Jesus. I use these times to confess things or bring up the needs of others in conversation. I realize that he knows what I'm going to say prior to my saying it so maybe some would consider me wasting my time as well as his. I don't.

After reading the comments, I picked up on "one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines" and find it an interesting extension to your hub, mostly because I don't understand the statement, which makes me think I am lacking in prayer in some way and would enjoy knowing what it is that is considered a difficult spiritual discipline. I'm not knocking anything, I am truly interested in expounding upon the subject.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Ken, very good hub on prayer .. constant communion with the Lord .. I so loved the heart of the prayer by "Charles de Foucauld." Was SO blessed by it. Your examples of hypocricy were great too. I just wrote a hub on hypocrites and pretenders so was pleased to see you addressed it here. Thanks for sharing your wisdom in such a clear and motivational way. Blessings Brother Ken


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dusty - Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your perspective. There's a book by Richard Foster called "Celebration of Discipline". If you can get a copy of that it is quite challenging & enlightening. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Mekenzie - Thank you. Your words of affirmation are much appreciated. That prayer by Charles de Foucauld is taken from Celtic Daily Prayer. It convicts me every time. Blessings & encouragment to you.


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Ken, too much can never be said for prayer. Sincere prayer.

Showboats may apply elsewhere. Like .50 Caliber, I carry on a conversation with Jesus throughout the day. Where I'm going, what I'm doing and what I'm thinking of doing. It's a daily communion with me.

I've been to churches where you are cojoled and browbeat into praise. I personally don't know why a preacher even wastes their time with this nonsense as you're forcing those in the congregation into hypocrisy. "If you stand up and bark, I'll throw you a bone." Know what I mean? God despises insincere praise yet, some preachers push 'em right into it.

I really enjoyed this hub. Mekenzie's recent Hub on Hypocrisy and Pretenders is also a very good read and very enlightening. Why not link 'em?


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Unchained Grace - Thanks for your comments & observations. I've never figured showboats out or those who cajole others to worship according to their expectations. I'm not sure what it is in humanity that cringes away from sincerity & honesty--maybe it is pride, which someone has said is the original sin. Peace & blessings to you.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Ken...I have never understood the "formal" of praying...I talk to God all the time, in either coherent mind talk...or from an aching, joyful or grateful heart. I don't know how you can do anything else with someone you love. I don't talk to my husband only when I am using audible words but I talk to him "all" the time...with eye contact, body language or in my thoughts...the when we come together...conversation (most of the time) flows out of everything that hasn't been said out loud. So it is with God...why do people have a hard time with specific "prayer" times, often times it is becasue they do not walk and live with Him in the loving, I am aware of you, communicating relationship.

THank you for this Hub...well said.

Blessings to you

UlrikeGrace


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

UlrikeGrace - You're welcome. Thank you for sharing words of testimony. Much encouragement to you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I thought this was an excellent hub on prayer and you explained it very well. I pray at different times throughout the day as well as morning prayer. I think short prayers are important when you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit. My son is in a town in India today teaching a pastors conference in a place he hasn't taught before, although he has been to India several times. This area has more radical Hindus so I pray a lot for his safety as they meet with some secrecy. I have to trust that God will watch over him to keep him safe. He has been in unsafe places before and all has been well. I appreciate anyone that would pray for my sons safety. Thank you.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

Ken,

You've said so much in this hub. Prayer is essential for every Christian. Whether in our secret closet, or driving down the interstate, prayer ( A Little Talk With Jesus ) or communion with God, seems to make everything better.

God Bless


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Pamela - Thank you. Your testimony about prayer is encouraging. May God's protection surround your son; may God's peace reside in your heart & mind. Blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

godpreacher - Thank you for visiting & sharing. Your words are exactly right. Blessings.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Excellent hub, Ken, beautiful way to open and a very well rounded hub that is much needed. Too often we forget prayer is talking WITH God, not TO God!!!!

Again, great hub!!!!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

As Revlady said in so many words...it's the act of doing that increases our faith in and through prayer. God has it all under control, even our lives, when we think things are out of control. They need to be out of the control of our hands, and left in the hands of our Creator. We can do allot of collateral damage, if we are not careful to abide and follow His ways, that are so good for us:) Prayer is more powerful than we can imagine, Great Hub!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Ann Nonymous - Thank you. Your words are much appreciated.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

heart4theword - Thank you for the words of affirmation & encouragment. Much appreciated.


Miss Take 6 years ago

i do so love your hubs...... i swear one day i will sit down and read them all...... you make me wish i could meet you, that does not happen often to me..... thanks for your words of wisdom


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Miss Take - Thank you so much for your kind & generous words. Blessings & much encouragement to you.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Guilty guilty Guilty, actually I write a poem for HIM about this, I am gulity as SUCH, but He KNows I love him I need to do more for HIM< am still lacking, beautiful hub Ken! Maita


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Brother Ken you offer great insight ino the fact that we as humans seek God in a time of need in our lives,and rightly so. If mankind didn't need God for help, they wouldn't need god period. If we could handle every aspect of our lives without turning to prayer and to God, and be able to cope, then why would we need to consider Him at all. God is our provider for everything. He knows that we depend on Him, even for our daily existance,He desires that if we have a problem and need Him we will not be afraid to turn to Him as our Father. To belittle how a man prays, or the reason that he prays is to belittle God Himself. God wishes us to be praying night and day in our need in our adoration, in our thanks and appreciation, or simply just to have a simple chat as child and father. If God did not want and desire this from us He would not have taught us to do this in both Old and New testaments of His Holy Bible.

Sincerely with a deep love and appreciation for God Almighty,

Brother Dave Mathews.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks for your honesty & integrity, Malta. We all fall short, but the good news is that God's grace is greater than all failings & shortcomings. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dave - Thank you for stopping in & sharing thoughtful words. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Ken,

There is so many different points that you have made in this hub that I can not comment on them all or I would make a hub ;) "Prayer as an attitude, a perspective, and lifestyle." It truly is. I realize after sitting in church a month ago-that I would prefer to be home and pray. My life is entwined with prayer..without even realizing it-it just is and I love it. God will never be fooled by the hypocrites-never! God knows everything! Good words and great hub!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Ghost Whisper - Thank you for your insightful words. I really appreciated these: "My life is entwined with prayer..without even realizing it-it just is and I love it." How beautiful & inspiring. May God's blessings continue to enrich you on your journey.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Hi Ken, well written hub. Prayer is one of those beautiful privileges we have from God. We get to have a say, and we learn that it's not really about us, but others.

i love Nehemiah 1.4-5... He hears, he weeps, he fasts, he prays and then in vs 5, he really begins to pray. i have been honored to help assist others learn and lean into prayer and intercession.

Thx Ken, blessings L.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Saintatlarge - You're welcome. Thank you for your words. I really like the imagery this phrase stirs up: "...learn and lean into prayer and intercession." Blessings.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Dearest Ken...

What an absolute truth you´ve drawn on this Scroll-hub! I confess myself not to be a church goer, but you can be absolutely sure that I speak to God within my heart all day long. I thank HIM every time for HE is my only true and faithful Provider! I Am happy with myself, for my relationship with The Great Architect is very, very close.

Beautiful lesson!

warmest regards and blessings,

Al


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Mystique1957 - Thank you for sharing words of testimony & affirmation. Much appreciated. Peace & blessings to you.


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bonny2010 6 years ago from outback queensland

I agree with George Washington Carver and I really enjoyed this post - it was an enlightening pleasure to read


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

bonny2010 - Thank you for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Blessings to you.


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The original Eman 6 years ago from london

Ken R.Abell this is a very good hub i have to say it was very en lighting and you really explored in the relationship with God which was really enjoyable to read make sure you check out some of my work and let me know what u think


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annobiakor 6 years ago

Wow, awesome article. Your a wonderful man of God, may the Lord continue to bless you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

The original Eman - Thank you for your kind & generous words. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

annobiakor - Thank you for your very kind words of encouragment. Blessings to you.


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Wonderful hub Ken; many times mankind uses the Lord as they would a slot machine. Many a time antheis will no doubt call on the Lord when death stares them in the face. Nevertheless, he is always there. Thanks you Ken


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

pmccray - You're welcome. Thank you for your kind & thoughtful words. Blessings to you.


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

I know you want to give glory where it is due, so I thank God for your wisdom, insight and knowledge. I try to start every morning with thanks as I watch the sun rise, and I try to cultivate gratitude in my children for the beautiful life we share. Every night, I fall asleep with thanks and praise in my sighs, for another wonderful day. Thank you for posting such inspirational and thought provoking hubs. You are a fresh breath in a barren land.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Deborah - You're welcome. Thank you so much for your kind & encouraging words. They're much appreciated.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I think to be taught to pray for not only for one's loved but the not so loved is what makes prayer unique..


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Mentalist acer - Yes, I think you are exactly right. Thank you for sharing.


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rls8994 6 years ago from Mississippi

This is an excellent hub. I too have fallen short of giving praise to God when good things happen but always call on him when things go wrong. This was very inspiring and has made me want to praise him more! Great job!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

rls8994 - Thank you. Glad you enjoy it. Blessings & much encouragement to you.

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