When I'm down on my knees that's when I'm closest to Heaven.
Prayer gets us closest to God.
Sometimes it seems that we only pray at some of the most difficult times in our lives. Should we not be praying each and every day for discernment, humility and for God to show us the path that He wants us to follow? There is truly great power in prayer. Really great power. So good or bad we should be praying and we should be thankful.So very thankful. It is without a doubt when we are closest to God. So when I am down on my knees to my Lord is when I am closest to Heaven. Being subservient to God goes hand in hand with the humility that I believe ultimately drives our faith. When we let Him do the driving is when I believe true faith and spirituality manifest themselves in our lives each and every day and you and take let Him take over.
It has taken me many years to realize that I am only here to worship and serve. A mere vessel at best but indeed His vessel. Prayer becomes a vital part of that servitude. God wants us to talk to Him and He wants us to ask for things. I believe He is especially pleased when we pray for others. That, indeed, should always be what our prayer time should encompass and be composed of. We should always think of others before our selves and the so many who are so less fortunate than we are all over the world. So we should certainly pray for those that we know but also for the many that we do not know. We should not always be praying for ourselves but more often than not we should be praying for others. Knowing that this is how God wants me to be just causes me to be more and more humble. God is so very good. We simply are not. We take so very much for granted. We need to thank God each and every day not only for the big things but also for the little things. We need to thank Him for the day. It is important to realize just how blessed that we are even in our everyday lives. I had written a previous blog entitled "Miracles are for Real”.
I alluded to praying as a toddler so I was fortunate enough to be a part of prayer way back when. Our prayers came true when it seemed impossible. My Dad beat lymphoma when in those days you died and he was literally a living testament of what prayer and faith can do and achieve. The doctors and hospital had long given up on him and basically sent him home to die. He received the last rites over and over again ( Every Sunday after the service to be exact ). God had a very different plan in mind. In fact one Sunday the Monsignor came dressed in all white after service and my Dad in his delerium remarked, “God is that you”? A little humor for you but it was a very serious time. God was not ready for him yet. God went to work. Dad gained his weight back, got better, went back to work and he taught us ( my siblings and I ) about the goodness of the Lord. Here are some verses on prayer:
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayeor; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Matthew 18:20 Where two or three are gathered in my name I am there in the midst of them.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, with everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
God bless always.