- How do I pray?
- Prayer of faith
- Bible prayers
I discovered relatives are wonderful.
Disconnected from my East Rochester relatives by 16 years of missionary work and lack of funds, I haven’t seen them essentially since 1988. Now I have children. I wanted to take my kids to see Niagara Falls.
They saw much more than just that. They saw a Civil War reenactment battle. They boated down the Erie Canal. They munched purple berries and raspberries fresh from the garden. They drove a John Deere lawn mower. They ate cannolies, Abbot’s frozen custards, and red hots. The list goes on.
My definition of relative: someone who loves you for no apparent reason and showers blessings down on you. S/he hugs you without having met you before and includes you a wonderful thing called family.
God is our Father, or in New Testament lingo, abba, daddy. When we look up to Him, we are not addressing a bot which indexes unfeelingly our merits and flaws to rank us to see if we deserve an answer. We are not before the stern judge, the contract lawyer, the boss who’s trying to exploit us and intimidate us. We are not before the school teacher who humiliates us publicly, the fake Facebook friend who’s always happy but ultimately uninterested in us.
We are in front of a father. Recently, I found out about a dad who spent $2 million trying to clean up his daughter’s past so she can go on to a bright future. The job’s not done, and he’s still spending. No limits to what he will do for his girl.
God does even more than that for us. Much confusion about prayer can be dismissed simply if we remember that Jesus begins the model prayer: Our Father. The marrow of prayer is love — God’s love. When he doesn’t answer immediately, it’s because He loves us and the delay is better. How do I pray? Know to Whom you’re talking: a loving dad.
I Love your phrase – the marrow of prayer is love – that is so good! Love this post bro.
Beautifully put. So simple. It takes a lot of pressure off of being perfect first before being able to talk to my “Dad”. Thank you for the reiminder!
not everybody has a perfect earthly father, and that sometimes darkens our view of our Heavenly Father.
Turn that around and may it brighten your view. You have a perfect unfailing Heavenly Father!
Growing up as an MK in Japan, and thus physically separated from relatives, family holds a special place in my heart. It’s so beautiful when we discover just how wonderful it is to be part of God’s family!
As always, I treasure your comments, as a fellow missionary — as a longer perservering one!
Beautiful family and beautiful words you spoke. ‘The marrow of prayer is love — God’s love.’ love it.
Thank you for sharing!
Have a wonderful weekend ahead, always~ Cheers!! 😀
The marrow of prayer. . . . .the life, the health, the sweetness. Love it.
God bless you!