Do you think we pray more or think of God more when we are in trouble or during our old age ?
For me, the answer to that question is 'no'. Many years ago (many) some things happened in my life that caused a renewed connection to prayer and to God.I had prayed each night for years giving thanks for all of my blessings and then I got to the point where my prayer was somewhat sporadic.
Then 'stuff' happened and I returned to prayer reopening the channel to my Lord. He had been there all of the time...waiting for me to call out to him.
After that prayer has been an important part of my life..every day.
I do pray daily for things I have and given.
I do thank for what I have been blessed. Through years of prayers, I have many prayers that were answered when I had problems that needed to solve.
I think it is a daily affair we have with our prayers.
I pray more and thank God more. As I have grown through the years I have more of a desire to pray and hear from the Savior.
You know what they say, "There are no atheists in foxholes." And so, we understand that even the most staunch unbeliever may seek the divine when faced with death. Certainly, the elderly understand that they are closer to their end than the young, that their time left is limited and precious, so are more likely to examine their lives and the meaning of it all, which always leads to deeper insight. Somehow, the name of God is the first to be called, and sits on the lips of the curser, as well as the one who seeks help, a strange irony.
Yes, for me that is true. When I was young I took my faith for granted and it is easy to do when we are busy and our lives are on track.
As we age, we are getting closer to the end, health issues arise, pain, loss of friends and family. It makes me think and I have turned more towards God and prayer than when I was younger.
There might be a suspicion that this is what happens because evidently it is the sick that need the physician, isn't it? Then in our homes or churches, it is normally the old praying or appearing for prayer. However, the truth is that, it all depends, some people are drawn to God during their times of adversity, others are so angry with God at adversity, they fall back. For mature Christians, it is very well understood that while God does not bring adversity upon us, he allows it and normally like any difficult exercise, it normally draws us closer to God and strengthens us. The good times in my life as a Christian have not always been the greatest time of growth, they have been times when my heart may be so content that I take God for granted. On the other hand, the difficult times are the ones through which I have seen His hand and Him perfectly at work. It is like the poem 'footprints'. Simply put, as God's children, we should know where to run when trouble rears its head, how be it, we should never get out from 'under the shadow of his wings. Unfortunately, we never learn these truths until we are too old, then we hardly want to get out of God's presence. We learn too late that God is in control and we ought to give him that control, that is why you think the old are religious; they are not having a "dress rehearsal" as some may joke!
Human nature dictates that we reach out in desperation or in time of despair. As Christians, we are taught that we should pray and talk to our God daily and in all conditions regardless of their being good or bad. I have noticed on more than one occasion that some people who have seemed to be without a religious affiliation or claim to be agnostics or Atheists, suddenly reach out and ask forgiveness or for God to save them from a calamity or certain death. In older age, many people realize just how important communicating with the Lord is and after a life of seldom participating in prayer, begin to do so on a daily basis, and not just on Sundays when others may be watching, as some seem to do at times. Meaningful and heart felt prayer not only pleases our God, but also He helps each of us in dealing with life and in times of need, prayer is a comfort to most everyone. Prayer is a vital part of all religions and the essence of belief in a creator, God, Father, and Benevolence, that all human kind needs, and is blessed to have.
yes, I have seen many people who want God only in trouble times and otherwise they don't even remember the almighty.
This might be true for the masses............but, I can, truly, tell you, that as a traveler, I have looked upon majestic wonders, and dared to ask...................
WHY, do I get to see this great, impressive, majestic " thing"...............WHAT is this lesson for my lifetime.............
I, really have, asked such a thing.
WHY do I get to see this, feel this, make this passage.............
It IS an honor.........just to live and question.
Unfortunately, yes. I remember being young and thinking I will be good when I'm old. Well I'm not THAT old yet,lol, but I am trying to rekindle my relationship with my Lord. I thank Him daily for the gifts He has given me and for His mercy.
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