I haven’t really gone in too deeply about my faith on this blog yet so I thought it was about time.
I am a christian. What does that mean? I believe in ONE God…in 3 forms – father, son and holy spirit. I believe that the son – Jesus – came to this earth to love, heal and ultimately save the world through sacrifice by giving his life so that I and all those who follow him may live eternally. If you are a non believer than the world “eternally” may appear to be quite fictional – something you would imagine to be written in a story book or a disney film but it is because of that eternal…that I have hope.
I have titled this post -“Why I Pray” because I believe in prayer and I believe that prayer can save as well as uphold. It is a direct access to the maker of heaven and earth; a source of life and a way to grieve and to repent. Prayer is also a daily worship (because nobody wants to hear my singing voice bellowing out in the middle of Sainsburys) but a quick “arrow” prayer allows me to communicate and praise my God whether I be at the top of a mountain or buying some apples in Asda.
So I thought I would just share with you why I find prayer to be so important….
Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you.
1 Thessalonians 5.16
Growing up, I was taken to church and taught to pray by my parents and I never complained and was always eager to please them. I enjoyed going to church to play with my friends and do fun things at Sunday school and the youth groups. It wasn’t until I was 9 that I started to want more than just “fun” at church and so I began to listen and pray for myself. It was one simple prayer that saved me and still 18 years later I remember that exact prayer – the one that made all subsequent prayers different somehow.
Since that day, I have fluttered in and out of faith (I wouldn’t say I have ever not believed, just at times in my life I don’t think I’ve been as devoted as others) but it has always been prayer that has brought me back or prayer that I have turned to, both on the difficult days and the joyful ones too. You see, with prayer I found that I can’t just demand things of God and expect it to go my way everytime because I simply just said a prayer. I need to converse and to ask for forgiveness for my selfishness and praise him for all that he is and does. It’s similar to that of a relationship with a friend, if you don’t bother to pick up the phone to talk to them then that friendship will eventually die. It’s the same with prayer, if I don’t bother prayer for days on end, even weeks, the “friendship” eventually dies (not on God’s part I must point out but my own).
Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
I have seen many prayers answered – Noah for one is a huge answer to prayer because there was a stage when Andy and I just didn’t think it was going to happen. Fortunately we both never lost faith and never stopped praying and one day God answered with the greatest blessing we have known to this day. That isn’t to say he didn’t answer us in the two and a half years we were trying for Noah, he just replied with “not yet” and “be patient” (we just couldn’t see it at the time).
As Noah grows up, I want him to see us praying and to learn to pray himself, for himself because it was through the prayers of my parents that I came to know God. I pray that Noah does the same one day.
So, I just wanted to share a little about that. I hope you get something out of this post.
x A x
We love because HE first loved us.
1 John 4.19