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My Journey Into Prayer

My Friend Debbie The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Ps 27:23 (NKJ)

     I first learned to pray as a child attending parochial school, as parts of our daily lessons. Among them were the Our Father, Hail Mary, Apostles Creed, Act of Contrition, prayers before and after meals, and a prayer to our guardian angel. I'm sure that there were many more, but these are the ones I remember. Though they were rote prayers, I took the words very seriously. I prayed what I was taught. It was all I knew, and that is what God held me responsible for.

     I truly believed in each member of the Holy Trinity, individually. I was taught all about them, as well as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, etc. The key here is, I knew about them, but I did not know them. At the age of 38 I was introduced to Jesus Christ and at this point I immediately fell head-over-heels in love with Him. I got to know Him personally; and to know Him is to love Him.

My Friend Debbie      I also became intimately acquainted with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. All three became my constant companions. Praying took on a new life, because I could speak to them as I would my best friends; I talked with them all the time.

     Prayer is the foundation of my walk with the Lord. All day long we talk together about everything. However, there are those special moments when I enter my prayer closet and close the door to the outside world. I begin my prayer time by asking forgiveness for my sins, and then I take some time to praise Him. Next, I make intercession for my needs and the needs of those for whom He has commissioned me to pray. He assures me He is listening and will answer. After this, I still my mind so I can hear His voice. This becomes a time of intimacy when it is just Jesus and I, as He pours out His love to me and I for Him. He tells me what is on His heart about the direction He would have me go in life, what I need to do to please the Father, and how to go about it. I receive chastisement when needed, because He loves me and wants me to be a better me, and I thank Him for that.

     I have sought Him with all my heart, and He has told me great and mighty things I did not know. He has led me on a journey of prayer that has put me on a path He has chosen just for me. He does this for all of us, as we are all different and unique. Each of our relationships with Him is a personal journey, and can be used as a wonderful testimony; and that is just what I want to do. For the next few months I would like you to accompany me on my personal prayer path. I hope you will enjoy the journey. "For as God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you, that I might impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established." Rom: 1:9"11( KJV) My Friend Debbie

At The End of the Day
By Sylvia Hensel

Twenty four hours in a day
To work, to love, to play,
Is there anytime throughout the day
That you will take the time to pray?

With everything you do
What is most important to you?
I hope that each and every day,
It's that you took the time to pray

Worry and pain
Will remain the same
If at the end of the day
You did not take the time to pray.

Waiting on His throne of grace
Waiting for you to take your place
Upon your knees as you say,
"Lord I'm taking the time to pray."

Worry and pain have deceased
Hope restored and so has peace
When at the end of the day
You can say, "I took the time to pray."

     Lord, I leave my offerings of praise, worship and prayers before You. It is as a chalice of nectar made pure by Your forgiving grace and mercy.

Copyright © 2008-2015 Sylvia Hensel

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