i 've been mulling the purpose of prayer...
i think i'm coming to some conclusions. stephanie (big sister) says all the time, 'fruitfulness from intimacy' & i'm starting to think that this fruitfulness plays a bigger part in God desiring us to pray, than answered prayer requests...
i had a neat talk with another mama at the beach last week about prayer: why bother, if God's going to do as He pleases anyway. i know i've felt that way ~ or if not quite that way, then: *how* to pray if He's going to do Right regardless of my pitiful attempts to pray for what i would think was right. Do i just pray "do it your way, God" and leave it at that?
i'm starting to see value in prayer because of the relationship it grows between the Creator and the created. i see value in prayer because i think there is a release of burden when we 'cast all our cares' ~ God sees, He hears and He will deliver us.
My mom has a quote too, 'loneliness is God's invitation'. So many times i've found myself feeling alone & knowing that He'll meet me where i am...
The bible talks about how God knows our needs before we bring them to Him.
God doesn't need me to tell Him what i want or need ~ He wants the intimacy of our conversation & the reward is relationship.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Ane lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.