Why Pray?

Psalm 50:15

God says, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

Consider the lilies...

Consider the lilies…

Diane and I have had an opportunity over these past few days for some great conversations about life, God, family, and church. We’re on a two week vacation, now in Victoria, BC as part of our 40th wedding anniversary celebration. It has proved to be refreshing and quite enjoyable. I’ve posted some photos of our time in BC as well as in the Seattle area – most notably Mount Rainier. You can see those here (full link below).

One of those conversations was about God and prayer, and how we are both sometimes challenged to believe that our prayers actually make a difference. I like C.S. Lewis’ comment about prayer, “Prayer changes me.” Indeed it does. But according to the Bible there is more to it than our being changed.

Prayer is a portal to the help, deliverance, and care of God. We are commanded/invited to pray, and then perceive with the eyes of faith how God has delivered us, and then to glorify him. We do this because God cares for us. God is not a hidden theological construct, a philosophical mode of thinking or even merely the center of a world view. God is the one who cares for his people.

We may sometimes struggle to believe, to pray with great confidence that God will hear, or to perceive God’s personal care for us his children. But that does not change God’s word and promise. I want to embrace that more fully today. How about you?

Comforter, as we travel through the waters of fear and anxiety, we are not afraid. We know you are there to guide us. Amen.

Full Link: http://fbgpbd.smugmug.com/Travel/Anniversary-Trip/

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