Hi Peace Family, today is the 63rd National Day of Prayer! How wonderful that we live in a country where we are allowed to gather and pray, whether publicly or privately! The world and our nation certainly need it, and I know that sometimes, I tend to worry instead of praying, forgetting that Jesus said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6, NIV)
You are invited to join me in prayer tonight, starting at 6 p.m. at Rivergate Church in Bryan (2608 East Villa Maria), but let’s remember that any day, all year long, can be a day of prayer. God might already know what’s on your heart and what you and others need, but I think it truly gives Him pleasure for us to live out our relationship with Him through communication. The Bible says that the cries of the saints are precious to God, and what’s more, they transform us, if not the situation.
This is a silly example, but in college, but I had one roommate who just really got under my skin. The way she talked irritated me, and she had habits that were not bad, but for whatever reason, they just annoyed me. When I decided to make a conscious effort to pray for her on a regular basis, surprise, surprise! None of her behavior changed, but I had much more compassion, and even affection, for her, and she became one of my best friends. If had decided to just be annoyed and not take it before God, I would have missed out on a relationship with an incredibly special person.
I never forgot that lesson, and even though much harder situations and people have come my way since then, I am convinced that prayer changes things, even if it’s not quite what you think needs changing.
Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly neighborhood Kat.