Prayer Changes Me

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Today is “National Cherry Turnover Day.” So get out there and turn over a cherry!



Get out there and EAT a cherry turnover! See? More desserts!

My apologies…somehow, yesterday morning, I completely missed that yesterday was the date, 22 years ago, that one of the greatest blues guitar players of all time, Stevie Ray Vaughan, died in a helicopter crash. I blame the So, in tribute, I offer this.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

On THIS date, in 1996, Charles and Diana were formally divorced, after being separated for four years. If you say, “Charles and Diana who?” I think I love you.
On this date in 1987, John Huston died. Wow. Has it really been that long? The first movie he directed was The Maltese Falcon He also directed The Bible: In the Beginning, which I remember seeing at a friend’s birthday party when I was very young. His 1985 movie, Prizzi’s Honor, was nominated for movie of the year, and his daughter, Angelica, won an Oscar for her appearance in that movie.

Yesterday was a hectic day at work for me. Not necessarily a bad day, but not a great one, either. Christi’s day went okay, I think, but she we pretty sore after the day. She had actually toyed with the thought of going to the gym and doing some light bicycle work and upper body resistance, but, after walking back and forth from her office to meetings, decided not to try that yet. Probably a good thing, as she says it hurts a bit this morning.

I can’t remember if I mentioned that we got our passport pictures made at CVS last Saturday, and plan on going to a post office this coming Saturday to get our passports started. Why are we getting passports? We have decided to take a Christmas vacation to Cancun this year, the day after Christmas. I think I may have mentioned that. We are currently thinking about adding this excursion tour to our trip. It looks like a lot of fun.

Father, I pray that you would send your Holy Spirit to me through the Word, and reveal your Word to me, and enlighten my mind this morning.

Today, I’m reading Psalm 89. This particular psalm is said to have been written by “Ethan the Ezrahite.” It begins with joy and praise.
I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant:
‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.'”
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?
O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?
(1-8 )

This is a lengthy psalm, 52 verses. In the middle, there is a portion where God proclaims that, even when his children forsake his law, and he has to punish them, he will not withdraw his love. Truly nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Savior! However, the psalm closes with a lament, as God’s favor seems to have been removed, and the enemies are having the upper hand. In spite of all this, though, the psalmist closes with these words:
Blessed be the LORD forever! (52)

No matter what our circumstances, may we always be able to say, “Blessed be the Lord forever!”

My Utmost For His Highest
“Lord, teach us to pray. Luke 11:1

Will a man suffer in his life if he fails to pray? Maybe, maybe not. Is it a natural thing for a man to pray? Again, maybe, maybe not. The “natural” man only “prays” when things are going badly for him. As for the spiritual man, “What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer.” When we are “born from above, the life of the Son of God” is born in us. We can either feed that life or starve it. We feed it through prayer. However, our standard view of prayer is not found in the New Testament. “We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.” Now, I think that, as a person gets more intimate with God, that point of view will get corrected. I know that it has for me. I don’t see prayer as a way to get what I want. I do pray for specific things, but not so much for me as for many others. I see prayer as a way to be connected with my Father.

Jesus told us to “ask, and it will be given to you.” (Matthew 7:7) Do we do this? “We grouse before God, we are apologetic or apathetic, but we ask very few things.” Think about our children. They never hesitate to ask us for things, do they? Jesus told us to become like children. Our problem is, we tend to not come before God until we are at our wits’ end. “Be yourself before God and present your problems, the things you know you have come to your wits’ end over. As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.” Therein lies the problem! We are too self-sufficient!

Is it true that “prayer changes things?” I’ve never been comfortable with that statement. Prayer changes me. “…prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things.” This is a profound truth. Real prayer, based on real truth, changes the one who prays.

Father, I thank you for prayer, and for what it has done in me during these past months. I agree that prayer changes me, because I know that I have been changed this year. I pray that the life of Christ will grow in me as I nourish it with more prayer and meditation on your Word. I thank you for the Word that is in me, and I pray that I will never fail to meditate on it and learn more of it. As many times as I have read the Scriptures, they are still alive and still new to me every day.

I pray for this day. I continue to ask that Christi’s pain be relieved. I pray for intervention in the process of getting the MRI, if it is truly necessary. I also pray that you help her stay off her feet as much as possible. Christi is not one that slows down easily. I pray for a smoother day at work for me, today. Yesterday was a challenge, and I probably didn’t meet it in the best way possible. It could have been worse. I pray for confidence in you and compassion for others. I also pray for Stephanie today. I pray that you would lead her to a deeper relationship with you. I pray that you would bless her life and bless her future.

Real prayer, based on real truth, changes the one who prays.

Grace and peace, friends.