Words from the Heart for Friday September 2nd, 2016
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
Are you anxious? Pray. Are you feeling grateful? Give thanks! Do you see someone in need? Intercede for them. There are countless opportunities for you to pray today. As you go through your day, be intentional to stop and thank God, ask for His help, and pray for others.
The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held under the combined authority of the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and organized by a group of dedicated volunteers. The first prayer breakfast was held in 1964 and with the exception of 1968 when a federal election led to the cancelation of the breakfast, this is the longest continuous event held annually on Parliament Hill. Traditionally men and women from differing backgrounds gather together with our elected public officials to pray in the spirit of Jesus Christ for Canada. The Prayer Breakfast had its beginning when Members of Parliament began to meet together in a non-political private breakfast to discuss their faith and issues that were affecting their lives. This group gathered under the leadership of the Hon. Walter Dinsdale (Manitoba) and Mr. Robert Thompson (Alberta).
There is an innate sense within the human heart that there is more to life than we can experience with our senses. The Creator has built eternity into every person and we are conscious of the spiritual realm. Even those who have no relationship with Jesus Christ believe in the power of prayer and many pray often, even though they have no knowledge of who they are praying to. For those of us who by faith have met Jesus Christ, prayer becomes our native language and the air we breathe. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul commands us to pray continually. There is an intimacy to our walk with Jesus. A human relationship is built on communication. Healthy couples and families speak often and it is through those conversations that people grow closer together. Prayer is conversation with God. Through it we draw close to God. But we need to remember that prayer is a two-way conversation. When we pray we can’t just spend all our time talking to the Lord. We need to take some time to listen to what He is speaking into our lives. He speaks through His Word, which we should use during our times of prayer. He speaks in the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. We should be constantly in prayer, waiting on the Lord, bringing our needs to Him and breathing out His name, always aware of His abiding presence with us.
These have been words from the heart.