I read a post a few days ago in which the writer was talking about prayer, and she had some interesting comments from readers. I would have made a comment, but I just couldn’t come up with the right words at the time.
But now that I’ve had time to think about what I want to say and how to say it, I would like to share with you what I think about prayer and my relationship with God.
First and foremost, I know that God sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. And I know that, because I BELIEVE that Christ died and was raised from the dead in order for my sins to be forgiven, I will live for eternity in Heaven after I die. He said it — I believe it — ‘nough said.
A pastor said something one time that makes my salvation feel very personal. He said, “Christ would have died on the cross if you were the only one who was saved.” Because God’s mind is infinite, and can do anything, in any amount of time, I personally believe that, Christ probably thought of each person who ever did or ever will live on Earth in the time He was on the cross, and maybe even said a prayer for each of us! That’s kind of awesome to think about isn’t it? To think that He might have thought of you personally, by name, while He was making that sacrifice? But, that is how personal I think God wants our relationship to be with Him.
Matthew 10:29-31 says: “Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows.” (NLT)
So, when it comes to praying, I believe that God wants us to “pray without ceasing.” I take that to mean that there is nothing too small or trivial in my life that I can’t pray about and know that God cares and will answer! Unfortunately, to my small mind, He doesn’t always answer as quickly as I would LIKE or in the way I would LIKE — but, He does ALWAYS answer!
I read one time about a woman who kept a prayer diary, and I have always thought it would be a neat thing to do. She wrote down prayers in a notebook, and then simply wrote down the date they were answered, and what the answer was! She said that it was amazing to see that, truly, every prayer she wrote down did eventually have an answer written beside it — and sometimes an answer she could never have predicted.
So, on this Sunday, I suggest that we all do one little thing today: Say a prayer about something that is troubling us, and then write down just that one prayer. When it is answered, write down the date of the answer, and what the answer was.
Here is my prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, please bring a buyer to Gunny’s house in Charlotte so that his family can make the move to where he is in his new job. Thy will be done. In Jesus name I pray, Amen” I’ll let you know when this prayer is answered.
If anyone DOES do this, I would be interested to hear from you.
Now, we’ve talked about food for the soul (prayer), but I like to give you a recipe for the tummy on Sunday too, so here is a quick, simple pineapple cake that is WONDERFUL with fresh fruit on it (my favorites are blueberries and/or strawberries).
Pineapple Sheet Cake
Combine: 2 C. flour — 2 C. sugar — 1 t. soda — 1 t. salt — 20 oz. crushed pineapple NOT DRAINED — 2 eggs
Pour into a greased jelly roll pan (11×15) and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. But, DON’T OVERBAKE. Start testing a few minutes early, and remove from oven AS SOON AS a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and then frost.
Glaze: 8 oz. softened cream cheese — 1/2 stick butter, softened — 1 t. vanilla — 1 1/2 C. powdered sugar — a little milk if it needs thinning
May God bless you and your family this Sunday, and always.