Prayer has been on my mind a lot lately. Actually, it’s been much more intense in the last few weeks.
I participate online in a home group with Church of the Rock in Winnipeg, Canada. We watch a short video and then discuss it. One of the pastors serves as a host. The series we are currently studying deals with prayer. And it has me thinking about prayer a lot more than usual, especially the circumstances surrounding when, why and how I pray.
We tend to pray for ourselves when we are in need much more than when things in our lives are going smoothly. Somehow praise for God isn’t always included. But there is a reason why our church services begin with praise. This strengthens our communication and relationship with God.
I plead guilty to praying for others more often than praying for myself. But I am trying to change that. My prayers with God have become more like conversations with a friend. I take more time to pray each day, always including praise.
And now, what prompted me to write this post.
Last week, someone in my past contacted me, someone I haven’t heard from in years. We are blood relatives and although we lived in different cities in Canada, we were quite close. But it’s interesting how my divorce and my becoming a Christian has completely changed our relationship. While I have reached out to him when he has experienced crises in his life during the last decade, I have undergone four major surgeries without hearing a word from him. My daughter got married. My first granddaughter was born. Still no acknowledgment on his part. And yes, he was well aware of all of these events. Last week I received a text on Facebook Messenger from him. Not a text to sincerely inquire as to my well-being. Nope. He had an agenda. He had a new venture on his mind and he would have benefited financially had I gone along with this. Needless to say I have had no response to my text informing him that I was not interested in this venture. And I wonder if and when I will ever hear from him in the future.
When he needs me in his life and it’s convenient for him, then he reaches out. Otherwise I am ignored and forgotten, like a book that gets put up on a high shelf never to be dusted.
However God forgives my sins and I need to forgive others. There is no room in my heart for anger or bitterness. I want my heart to be filled with peace, love and tranquility. So I have chosen to pray for this cousin instead.
Wonderful story! I am so glad you chose grace. Offering forgiveness brings us closer to Jesus. This is so well written!
I love the imagery of this phrase: like a book that gets put up on a high shelf never to be dusted.
Thank you for your kind words Pastor Becky! Grace and forgiveness rule in my life now.
I really enjoyed this. It was about 1 year ago that I made prayer and praise to God a daily part of my life. Since that time, I have found a sense of serenity and hope for things that may not even be going right in my life. I include in my prayers a heart to heart about things or people I may perceive to have done wrong to me. I essence I pray for them and through that action I forgive. What I have found is that this practice lets me untangle the emotional burden from the person or event. In a way, I guess it is a quasi marriage between my field of psychology and the spiritual essence found in each and everyone of us. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.
Thank you for your comment. It’s amazing how daily prayer can have such an impact on our lives. It’s important to pray for others as well as ourselves.