I have no idea who John Guest is other than I read his statement. Whatever else he is or isn’t, his thought is on target. See what you think:
"It is remarkable to think that God has given us a partnership with him in directing the course of human events. It is extraordinary to realize that our prayer can change events and circumstances in the world around us. But what is just as remarkable is that when we pray, we change. More often than not we become the answer to our prayers as we open up ourselves to God in prayer.” John Guest.
The church I pastor has committed the Thursday evening service to a study of effective prayer. We are doing this each Thursday at 7:00 PM. So far it’s been an eye-opening cruise through the scriptures. I hope it’s also a time of heart opening to God’s way.
Prayer and the scope of prayer have been the scope of religious people for millenniums and when all is said and done we know very little about the in and out of prayer.
Is prayer primarily an emotional experience with God? Is answered prayer a figment of energized imagination? Is prayer to be 100% intellectual? Do I have a passage of scripture to substantiate the validity of my prayer? Should I pray just when I feel like praying?
The questions are endless in number. But, we do know according to scripture we are to maintain an attitude of prayer according to Paul’s letter to the new believers at Thessalonica we should be doing what we moderns call impossible:
1Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing,
On average religious people don’t pray much or often. In a time of upheaval in our personal or professional life, we hit the prayer button with gusto. Even Peter did this in a life storm on the Sea of Galilee. One of the benefits of scary events in life is that we are driven of necessity to our knees, or in Peter’s case to walk on water! (April 15th)!
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Prayerful IT work. Oral Deckard