I get to begin my day before I even rise with a prayer of thanksgiving and with the invitation to God to join me throughout my day & to bring blessings and favors on all those for whom I have promised to pray. I pray for my spouse, my children and grand-children by name and then go on and list my siblings and their families. Next, I include all my “dear, dear friends” and especially those who most need God’s mercy.” I try to recall each of those special people by name who I know need extra prayers. I can usually remember them. If not, I do keep a prayer list. After my friends I include all “the special intentions of those in my Small Christian Community.” I then go on to add “all the support people in my life, seen and unseen and their loved ones.” I so value all those people who make my life so much easier and richer because of their hard work. I include our “fighting men and women and their families” and finally I pray for “wisdom for our world leaders and peace for this world.” Then, it is time to rise.
Prayer changes lives. The greatest challenge is believing in its power; believing that it really can have an effect on the situation. The second challenge is believing that it will be a positive effect, even if it’s not the apparent answer for which we prayed. Prayer and the belief in it and the ability to tap into the Divine do not remove our difficulties but it can make our difficulties, our challenges, easier to bear. It can bring us a sense of peace and hope believing that there is a kind and loving Supreme Being who wants what’s best for us, especially if we’re willing to ask and then to listen.
When we first moved to North Carolina I said a prayer that God would lead us to the best house and neighborhood for us. And, then I asked for a “sign.” I asked for some sort of burning bush. Yes, I was testing. Well, we drove everywhere and I never saw that bush. We finally settled on a lovely house in a new neighborhood and I let go of my search for the perfect place for us. I actually loved our new home and our new neighbors, so all was good. Several years later, we were taking my in-laws around showing them the area and we saw a beautiful house that was for sale. We were able to tour it on the spot and I loved it! Soon, we had sold our other house and moved into the new one. One day, I was walking with someone who knew a lot about shrubs and he was telling me about the different bushes around the house. I stopped dead when he pointed to the bushes at the bottom of the driveway and told me they were called Burning Bushes (Euonymus). There were six of them! Was that answered prayer? As far as I was concerned it was.