My dear friends said goodbye to their precious baby Grace early this morning. She had been very sick since birth, and just turned one on Valentine's Day. What can console a mother when she knows she cannot kiss her sweet baby's face again until she gets to Heaven? How can a husband comfort his wife over the loss of their child when he is grieving so deeply he is in actual physical pain? We need our heavenly Father. We need him in times like this - everyday, actually, but in the "everyday" we don't always remember to reach out to His waiting arms.
A song that is so beautiful and lovely, and that expresses our eternal hope is "Come to Jesus" by Chris Rice. My friend sang this very song at her Grandmother's funeral only a few months ago. Now she is believing it for her little baby girl.
Do you ever need a kick in the pants to get your prayer life reactivated again? I sometimes do. This season in our care group we are studying prayer. Last night, Steve (my hubby, and the group leader!!) reminded us of the little acronym A.C.T.S. I've heard this numerous times before, but the reminder was great...
A = Adoration
C = Confession
T = Thanksgiving
S = Supplication.
Notice something? Notice that the supplication (the "asking for stuff" or "wish list" part of our prayers) comes at the END of the prayer... not the beginning!!
The other thing we talked about was journaling your prayers. Do you ever have distractions while you are praying? Things that came up were: falling asleep, kids interrupting, the phone ringing, your favourite show coming on, and not leaving enough time to finish your devotions. By Journaling your prayers - simply writing them down! you are doing 3 things that will help keep your focus... you are thinking the prayer, writing the prayer and then seeing the prayer. Studies tell us that when we do something 3 times we have a better chance of remembering it.
So, the next time you tell someone you are "praying for them"... do it, and try writing it down!!
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow: it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12