Cartoonist’s Comment: “God will himself be their powerful comforter: As one whom his mother comforts, when he is sick or sore, or upon any account in sorrow, so will I comfort you; not only with the rational arguments which a prudent father uses, but with the tender affections and compassions of a loving mother, that bemoans her afflicted child when it has fallen and hurt itself, that she may quiet it and make it easy, or endeavours to pacify it after she has chidden it and fallen out with it.” –Matthew Henry’s Commentary
Archive for January, 2008
A PRAYER OF LIFE!
For years, whenever I would go to a funeral…I would hear the 23rd Psalm. I thought it was a Psalm about death. That’s tradition. Nobody understood it, nobody tried, nobody had revelation on it. Everyone did it because everybody else did it.
But if you “really” take a look at it…you’ll hear God speaking to you reassuring you. Some years ago, when awaiting brain surgery; I had to go inside an MRI capsule; I didn’t want to be there. I found myself praying and the words that I prayed were the 23rd Psalm. That calmed me down. It clearly Blessed me! I pray that you’ll remember to use it in your time of need.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. (lack)
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
This is powerful praise Music!
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
I have a friend that has a God Box. I had never heard of such before, but she explained to me what it was. When she has a prayer, she writes it down on a piece of paper. whispers what she needs or wants and puts it inside a box in her closet which she calls her God Box.
For her, that works and she says that’s all that matter for now.
PLEASE KNOW THIS
It’s not to my charge to tell anyone if what they are doing is the correct thing or not. Even if I think that it isn’t, I won’t say so. If pressed I might say: “Well, that’s not for me. But, I do try to stay away from the negative. I do stay close to reality.
The reality of life is in the Word of God for me. It wasn’t always that way. I was pretty sure that God heard my prayers, but I still deferred to ministers, to prayer warriors etc. I had felt that they more likely would hear from God sooner.
Then I learned something new. I learned that I did not need an intermediary to pray to God for me. I learned that God wanted a close personal relationship with me. I learned that as a prayer warrior and a woman of faith, that I could make the call and not be put on hold.
Imagine that you’re the head of your household; you call home and you say” “Hey this is Mom (or Dad) ! You are always met with respect and joy and immediately they give you their undivided attention. If you say: Take some fish out of the freezer, they say: “Okay, no problem.” It’s a good feeling! It really is though most of us never give it much thought.
You know it’s the same thing (the ease of conversation) when we approach the throne of our Heavenly Father with reverential fear; the conversation is always easy when we come in faith.
And the verse at the top of the page literally says we can have confidence that if we know that He hears us; we know that we have the petitions that we desire of Him. That’s very reassuring.
Cartoonist’s Comment: If your mind is being bombarded by fear and worry and doubt, seek the shelter of God’s peace by going to Him in prayer.