Pray It Out, Listen Up!
We always hear people say, “I pray to God”. Many of us may be thinking, “What exactly does that mean, what is prayer, how do you do it?” Prayer is having a conversation with God. How do you do it? You simply talk to God, like you talk to a friend.
Some will say, “I don’t’ know what to say, I’m not smart enough, I don’t know enough about the Bible to pray”. You don’t have to be smart, or have read the Bible to be able to pray. Prayer can be as simple as, “Hey God, I need your help today, I’m really struggling”. How do you get answers? This is the most difficult. You must to listen with your heart for answers. Your answers may come as an opportunity, a visit from a friend, or maybe a letter in the mail.
Three two-word prayers that we can all use are,” Thank-you, Help me, and I’m sorry”. Prayer is like a friend waiting for a call from us. God knows what is happening and what you have done, but he wants to hear from you. He doesn’t want to hear it from the grapevine. We all have experienced hearing an apology through a second person. It is not effective unless it comes from you.
God’s answers are not always Yes. This doesn’t mean you are not good enough, or that he doesn’t hear you. Here are four possible answers that you may receive:
Lastly, there are not perfect prayers. Praying takes practice and needs to come from the heart. Take time to seek and listen. Don’t let grass grow on your prayer path. Make sure it is a well-worn path between you and God. Start talking, He is listening. And always remember, sometimes we thank God, for unanswered prayers.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Becky Shanks is the new children’s director for First Baptist Dayton, and leads the newly named One Way Kids Ministry. Becky has been a member of First Baptist Dayton since 1962, and wears many other hats at our church, including Sunday School director and teacher, Vacation Bible School director and church secretary. Her husband Kevin is also active at our church, serving as music director, deacon and trustee. Kevin and Becky have three children and three grandchildren.
Every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Becky leads TeamKID, for children in grades 1-5. Have you ever learned a memory verse by flying paper plates into hula hoops? Have you ever played “monkey soccer”? Those are just a couple of examples of the fun things that happen at TeamKID! Come join in on the fun next week at First Baptist Dayton, 501 Dayton Avenue.
First Baptist Dayton is very proud of our youth, who recently returned from a week serving at Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries (SMARM) in Sevierville, Tennessee. They served hot meals, cleaned, sorted donations and much more. The folks at SMARM told them they were the hardest working volunteer group they’ve ever had. Thanks, kids, and congratulations on a terrific job!
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