We're back! It's a fabulous Tuesday in Raleigh.
This Truth for Tuesday is about prayer. I did a few posts a while (like a LONG while) ago on this book on prayer... and let me tell you something... it rocked my world. Like literally changed the way I viewed prayer. Yet, as time has passed, it's amazing how things slip away from you. Lessons once learned forgotten and in need of learning again.
We're there again. At that moment again when the Lord is kindly shaking His head at His child whispering, "Remember child? Remember."
This season of life has been... oh what's the word... we'll just say interesting. And in the middle of the chaos, I somehow forgot to listen to His kind call for me to remember WHO he is. A few weeks ago I wrote down some things to remember about WHO WE ARE, but this week the Lord has been revealing himself to me as a good Father who delights in His children.
Psalm 149:4 "For the Lord delights in His people..."
Psalm 147:11 "For the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love."
Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness"
And if I fully understand that He delights in me, why would I not assume that He wants to hear from me? And not just in staunchy weird prayers, but in a conversational way. He wants to hear our hearts cry out to Him when we're sad, not because we think He'll fix it, but because we know that He cares! I was listening to another sermon from Apex Community Church (again... I love that place) and when I came back from my run I had to write down a few things that Pastor Rob said. I want to share this with you.
"One of the overt weaknesses of... [our] community is prayer. It's a weakness in my life. It's a weakness among my community. It's prayer. This weapon is important... because prayer is our way of communicating with our Father warrior. Prayer is also our way of providing strength and encouragement to our fellow warriors in Christ. Let us get away from ceremonial prayer. Right? We don't just pray out of ceremony. We pray because we love Him and He loved us and He wants to know our needs, even though he ultimately always does know them but he wants to hear His children. God's sovereignty works itself out THROUGH prayer."
It was such an encouragement to me this week and I wanted to share it with you!