“Before they call, I will answer.” (Isaiah 65: 24)
This scripture is one that I like to write on a small piece of paper and carry around in my wallet. I like to pull out the paper from time to time and be reminded of this message, its power and its beautiful truth.
Before we pray, before our mouths, or our conscious minds, could begin to form the words or thoughts, we have the assurance that God knows and anticipates our needs. God’s perfect Spirit, always with us, is already sending the blessing on its way. It’s as if a package, unknown to us, has been placed in the mail days ago and we suddenly one day offer up a pray for this particular request. That request is answered and we marvel that our need was actually met and sent in our direction before we even offered the prayer.
We pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread.” God’s bountiful harvest has been planted, tilled and watered. That which we receive today was already created in the mind of God.
So, why do we pray? We pray as a means of giving thanksgiving to God. We pray because it is a sign of our faith and trust in the one in whom we believe all things are possible. We also pray because in doing so we have opened up a space within ourselves to recognize the answers and miracles. And, we pray because God desires relationship with us. God delights in our quality time spent together. It is in this quality time that we also grow in new awareness and faith. We also pray because it keeps our spiritual connection with God fresh and vibrant. Our prayers help us to see all that God has done. They open our eyes that we may recognize newness of life right where we are at every moment.
God has never stopped creating. Through relationship with God we will never stop feeling loved.
Affirmation: “That which I need God sends in abundance. Thanks be to God.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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