Good Morning Everyone,
I thought I would start off this week with the 3 top questions I have heard concerning prayer over the years.
1) Why Should I Pray?
Years ago I found a story about a pastor and a little girl that I thought would answer this question well.
One day the preacher and his wife had this small kitten and the darn thing climbed up this small popular tree in his front yard. He tried everything he could think of to get the kitten down but to no avail. The tree was too small for him to climb. After a lot of thought he decided to tie a rope around the tree up as far as he could reach. He backed his truck up to the tree and tied the rope to his trailer hitch. He pulled the truck up till the tree came down close to the ground. As he got out of the truck the rotten rope broke and the kitten was airborne off never to be seen again. The pastor said that he looked for hours but he couldn’t find the kitten.
The next day as the preacher was shopping at the grocery store he noticed a lady member of his church buying cat food. He asked, “I see y’all must have a cat.” The lady begin to laugh and told the preacher the strangest thing happen yesterday. My daughter has been after me to get a kitten for the last several months. So, I told her to go out in the yard and pray for a kitten. As she was praying I looked out the window and a kitten came flying through the air and dropped near the child’s feet. “Strangest thing I ever saw!”
This just goes to show that God hears even the smallest of prayers.
2) How much should I pray?
I read a sermon by Scott Chambers, on transformation; in his sermon he used this illustration called $3.00 WORTH OF GOD, PLEASE
Tim Hansel in his book “When I Relax I feel Guilty,” writes some insights of what most people want from God.
“I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please.”
If we would be totally honest, the idea of transformation really scares us. That is because we know that such a radical change would be quite uncomfortable. We realize that with transformation comes a major overhaul of our lives and priorities.
So many times we forget that our prayers are our way of communicating with God and during this time we should be listening as well as talking to Him, I remember my Dad telling me that I should listen twice as much as we speak, well I have found this to be a good practice for prayer as well.
3) What happens if I have nothing to say?
I believe that Romans 8:26 tells us planning that even if we are at a loss for words we always have something to say. “In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans”.
Here is one last thought for the day
The Japanese introduced a tree to the world that is called a Bonsai tree. It is measured in inches instead of feet as other trees are measured. It is not allowed to reach anywhere near its full growth potential but instead grows in a stunted miniature form.
The reason for it growing in stunted form is that when it first stuck its head out of the ground as a sapling, the owner pulled it out of the soil and tied off its main tap root and some of its branch feeder roots and then replanted it. By doing this, its grower deliberately stunted its growth by limiting the roots ability to spread out and grow deep and take in enough of the soils nutrients for a normal growth.
What was done to the Bonsai tree by its owner is what Satan has purposed to do to the believer, if he can. He is going to try to tie off our tap root of prayer. He wants to limit our receiving in prayer what God supplies for our spiritual growth.
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