No bending over backwards. No jumping through hoops. No passing through fire, fording treacherous rivers, scaling icy mountaintops to consult gurus. No excruciating rite of passage. No long lines at the DMV. Nope. It’s much easier than that.
To get God’s blessing, you don’t have to hardly do much at all. All you have to do is pray.
If I only touch Jesus cloak, I will be healed, said the woman with 12 years of hemorrhaging unhealed by doctors. (Matt 9:21) She she scrambled through the pressing crowd because she knows that one touch from Jesus will do the trick. It will end her suffering, her humiliation, her rejection from society. And she was healed instantly.
When Elisha told Naaman to dip seven times in Jordan River, the Syrian Captain of the Guard was angry. Because it was so easy, he thought he was getting short shrift. Sometimes you need to dip into prayer seven times. That is all.
Prayer is easy, effective, and — tragically — ignored. Even Christians neglect this, a most potent weapon. We could all learn a lesson from the hemorrhaging woman. All you need is an encounter with Jesus.
I agree. It always works for me, yet always seems to be my last resort. Takes me a long time to learn…
yes, that’s the way it works… we resort last to what would have worked first!
This is perfect… pray, pray pray!!!
You’re so on it! God Bless!
So simple and yet I often fail to do it. Thanks for the reminder. God bless.
yup! Help us Jesus!
Perhaps the reason some don’t pray is because there is no relationship with Jesus. When we have a relationship with Him conversation is natural. We want to learn of Him and follow His Word. After all prayer is nothing more than conversation with His Majesty.
Great to touch base with you again!
Amen! We always get it backward.
So true. And quite amazing that just as I have finished blogging about the same thing, I read your blog. Clearly God is yearning for intimacy with His children!
Help us, Lord!
Intimacy – now there is a word you don’t here everyday yet you make a great observation.
Intimacy with God. I have no better friend!
“All you need is an encounter with Jesus.. . .”
Sometimes, as I’m studying and writing, I realize I haven’t paid attention to God. Yes, I’m in the Word; yes I long to share Him with others. But if I don’t pray, the well runs dry. If every word isn’t bathed in prayer, the words are like dry leaves rustling in the arid wind of self.