Where did January go? Gone in a blur of pandemic and politics perhaps. As I slowly ease into February I'm reminded that God is good. I've never been one to dwell on what I don't have, or at least for very long. I count my blessings. I think it's my survival mechanism. A built in program to get thru times of disappointment, fear, panic, struggle, pain. I have many blessings. And if I only had one, I would still be rich in blessings. I know God loves me. And he loves you too.
These times are crazy. I want to believe that this is God's plan. That what is happening is beyond my understanding. And yet I'm told that God is not happy with these current events and free-will has created all of this. So what do we do with this? I've come to the conclusion that we must live the best Christian life that we can, allow God to be glorified and seen thru what we do and say, ask forgiveness for our sins, and do all things with love and kindness. God will take care of the rest. That doesn't mean we won't suffer. That is human nature. And it's been happening to Christians everywhere, all through time.
As I sit here, thinking of my next words, I hear myself saying "I want to be a prayer warrior". Why? I struggle with formal praying. I think it's because I often talk to God during the day. And if he knows my heart, he knows what I'm going to say. But I know that there are people who are tremendous prayer warriors. I know of some in my life. If I am powerless to do anything about everything that is happening in the world today, I am not powerless to pray.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I started reading the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. We were leaving for vacation and I needed to bring a book. You know, the "just in case I don't have anything to do" book for the airport, plane or something. Because I have been listening to books on Audible, I didn't have many laying around that I hadn't already read. But I had this book. It was a book I purchased that I thought would help me with prayer, but I didn't do anything with it other than purchase it. I'm beginning to see God's plan in progress here. So the book went with me on vacation.
I brought the book with me to the beach, in Hawaii. Yes, Hawaii. Beautiful, warm, sunny and tropical Hawaii. I started the book, but I didn't get very far before being distracted by all that is beachy. I did read the prolog. And perhaps at that time I was not ready to read past it. It begins with THIS MEANS WAR as the section title. The first paragraph starts "Just so you know what your getting into..." and goes on to describe the battle that has a long history, of which the victor has already been determined. And that prayer is our most potent weapon in the fight.
Knowing that I had a long flight back over open ocean, perhaps I might have been concerned I would be called to use such a weapon, and didn't get much further in my reading. And as it turned out the turbulence was crazy bad!
I am intrigued by this book, and after this post, I'll make another cup of coffee and continue to read more. And I will share with you as well. This subject, prayer, has been on my mind for some time now. I want to pray effectively. I want to pray fervently.
Until we meet again, Brenda