LHM – August 2019 Message

Prayer is a widespread practice.  Jewish people pray, Christians pray, Muslims pray, Buddhists pray and even 30% of those people who do not believe in God pray.  Prayer is a time to talk.  It is kind of a conversation that you would have with someone.  What makes a conversation work is a mutual interest with someone.  Our God is the perfect conversation partner because He is genuinely interested in you and what you have to say.

A face to face conversation is nice because you can almost see what your partner is thinking.  You can see as their face lights up or their eyebrows furrow.  Their reaction is almost immediate, “Yes, I agree”, or “No, maybe it’s like this?”  Sometimes, when you talk to someone they don’t respond right away.  That’s OK if you trust and respect mutually.

There is a lot of waiting in prayer.  Seemingly unanswered prayers, we wonder if we are accomplishing anything.  Even Jesus had to wait for an answer.  He prayed on the cross “My God, why have You forsaken me?”  He waited and died on the cross without an answer.  We bring our requests to God and plead with Him.  For some people, prayer is a time of thought and meditate on what comes to mind.  Other people pray to talk at God and to get their way now.  Prayer becomes a struggle when God doesn’t do what and when we wish He would do.

Prayer is a time to talk with the Father of Jesus.  You are God’s creation.  He loves you and wants to hear what you have to say.  Trusting God does not mean we throw up our hands, then say “Why pray? God is in control.”  Trusting means pleading with the One who created all things good.  Trusting God means begging Him to keep His promises.  Prayer is not lack of faith; prayer is the battle cry of faith.  Prayer is how we work with God.  The Father calls us to serve, to do His work and reap for His coming kingdom.  Often times He calls us to set the work aside.  Walk in His garden and enjoy a time to talk, in the name of Jesus.

As Christians, you are part of what God is doing through Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Your gifts and prayers make a very real every day.  Remember the Lutheran Hour Ministries and look forward to seeing how the Lord will work through us.

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