By: Cindy Morrone
I can’t count how many times I have talked over my struggles with someone else, or looked to a Christian-help book in hopes to find a solution. More times than not, when troubles arise, I spend my efforts thinking over and over the situation and circumstances and wrestle with options and solutions in my mind. Although these may be helpful, it isn’t until I turn my face upwards and talk with my heavenly Father that relief, provision, and peace wraps me all up in His love.
Letting Jesus be my best friend and calling on Him, is what sees me through all the good and not-so-good times.
All through the scriptures, Jesus’ example testifies to the importance of prayer. He was observed to pray at all times. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) And He was noticed to pray, sometimes all through the night, “One of those days Jesus went to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” (Luke 6:12)
Even in those times, when I don’t know what to say, or what to pray for, He offers help…”In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8:26 & 27)
So, dear friends, above all else, before we turn to anyone or anything else, let’s have conversation with our Abba, Father! In times of praise and thanksgiving and when we are in need and distress, lets pray, for He alone is “..our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,
Hollowed be Your Name! We praise and honour You, our King and Saviour! You alone are where our help comes from! May we, “be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Let our thoughts always rise up to You and our lips never cease to bring you praise! Amen.