a beautiful mystery

Monday, March 4, 2013

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“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” -James 5:13-15

We are commanded to pray. Prayer is the way we speak with God. We pour out our hearts with our desires and our sorrows, our pain and our joy. We plead for a miracle. We offer words of thanksgiving and praise. We cry when we can't form words. We sing when our joy is overwhelming.

We speak words into the air, and they hang there, suspended above us, floating toward heaven. I know He hears and listens to every word I speak, every word I think. I don't doubt that. My God is omniscient and omnipresent, and although my finite mind can barely concentrate on one conversation at a time, He is not limited by human frailties.

The part of the equation that I don't fully understand is exactly how the Lord answers my prayers. By praying, am I changing my circumstances or my attitude?

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4 comments:

  1. love this photo. and quote. and your blog :)

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    1. thank you! i'm a fan of yours, too. :-)

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  2. I really believe that the majority of the time our attitudes are what need to change and so the answer to prayer is a change of heart. Even when you are praying for the miraculous there often needs to be a shift in our hearts and minds.. an increase of faith in order to see the miraculous come to pass.

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    1. agreed. i can be very wrapped up in my own little world of wants. i am constantly re-shifting my gaze to Him.

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