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Prayer for Today

Often in life it is sometimes hard to pray and find the words that will bring us deliverance for our need? We struggle with making sure we are thankful for all things, aware that we are blessed and know that God is a God who always sees and knows our needs, even before we ask.  Always.

He does not forget, he is not behind on things, he is not unaware...he is always there.  He is faithful, loving, kind and never wants us to hurt.  He did not shed his blood on the cross of Calvary to see us in pain, he was nailed to the cross to set us free, now and forever.

If this is true, then why do we struggle so much with what we might call, everyday things?  There is an old saying that, "you can't get through life alive" and that is so true in more than one sense. We must have struggles and we are not always on the mountain top.  We must go through the valley to know the joy of being on the mountain.  There is not a human who can go through life without having visited the valley.  There is a song which says:  "In the valley, he restoreth my soul." 

 Psalms 23

It is those struggles that we should remember this passage of scripture that we must have the same confidence that David had when he prayed these words. We must know how to take the word of God at face value and pray or quote the scriptures, knowing that God in his own time, will take care of all things, great or small.  Answers are not always when "we" think they should be.  Sometimes it takes patience, maybe a testing of our faith, possibly a time to really search our life.  It could be we need to get rid of something in our life that we are not aware of.  Sometimes we feel a burden and it seems on one around us understands.  He understands, he know the very content of our heart and the heart is what he judges.  Individuals see our actions and sometimes judge us by those.  Yes, we have other scriptures which give us guidance but still only he knows the heart.

Every human must pray their own prayer.  It doesn't matter so much the words, it is how they are presented to the Father who cares about us.  That only means that our words should be spoken with humility, grace and courage, not with words that only flatter our ability to pray a prayer that sounds good.  He, again knows the heart and he can decipher the meaning of each word as it is spoken from the heart. When Jesus was asked how we should pray in Matthew 6: 9-13; he gave the admonition to pray the Lord's Prayer...

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts;
as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
 For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever."  Amen

So, when we can't find the words and our heart is heavy,  this is the Lord's suggestion that we pray this prayer. Sometimes the words do not come as we feel so burdened but if we mutter Jesus name, he hears and in his mercy, he will answer.
Love and prayers,

Linda Todd

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