I am very blessed to have great parents. They raised me to know Jesus and they love me and my family so much. We see my parents at least once a week. I can call and talk to them any time... and I'm super blessed because we live in the same city.
Don't you love how we can talk to God anytime too? We don't even have to have a phone... we can just pray silently in our heads or we can speak our prayers out loud. We can journal our prayers or even rant to God to share what we're feeling. We have an all access pass to the God of the Universe... to the Creator of the World. Isn't that incredible?
Just think about it... if you want to meet the President, the most powerful man in the United States, what would you do? I don't know what it would take to meet the President, but I imagine it would requires lots of red tape, a security inspection, and supervision while you were there... just in case. Yet God, who is All-Powerful, is available to us every second. Can you even begin to comprehend this? He loves us so much that nothing separates us from His love (Romans 8:35-39).
Colossians 4:2 tells us to "Devote yourselves to
prayer, being watchful and thankful." I love the simplicity of this verse. It reminds us to be in communication with God and to give thanks. One of the things I'm learning is the privilege we have to pray on behalf of others. God invites us to participate in His work and one way we can do it is through prayer. You know what is really cool? That sometimes when we pray on behalf of others, God allows us to see the answer to our prayers. Experiencing God's answer to our prayers is so powerful and it reminds us to give God thanks for taking action... for answering our prayers. And while His answers may not be what we hoped, we get to choose to trust Him and remember His promise in Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Let's take full advantage of our ability to speak to God whenever we want... and to take time to thank Him for all He's doing in our lives and in the lives of others.
Tonight, I am thankful for...
1. Boys being so good during my quiet time this morning
2. Playing Quarkle with my seven year old
3. Reading to my three year old
4. Breakfast for dinner - and everyone ate without complaint!!
5. Getting lots of laundry done
6. Getting to pray for my friends
7. Seeing God answer prayer so quickly
8. Praising God for how He gives us so much more that He has to... His love is so amazing!
9. Staying in our jammies all day today
10. My seven year old going on a special errand with his Daddy
Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 3,858 to go...