It was one of those mornings. It started off on the wrong foot and didn’t appear like it was going to improve at all. We all have them with enough regularity (hopefully not daily) that it is easy to think a temporary trend is actually permanent disappointment. If we aren’t careful we turn these frustrations into a vow in our heart. Overcoming these owned false beliefs can prove to be a difficult, but not impossible, task.
We all know relationships take work and careful nurturing or they begin to fade. A simple misunderstanding with my wife became a bigger deal than I anticipated. And this led to an immediate distance between our hearts. We all know there are ebbs and flows to relationships. But, that is not an excuse to stop investing in the heart of your loved one.
After she initiated the rejoining of our hearts, we parted ways for the day. She had errands to run, and I had to get away to tend to my heart for a few minutes. I went to a local city park that I haven’t been to in quite some time and wandered around the rocks. Gazing out over the city of Colorado Springs with Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak in the background, I sat on a rock while listening to an audio book on prayer. I began to feel the urge to wander over to a lonely tree. There, very strategically placed in the tree, was a little colored rock. Someone had painted it and placed the word “prayer” in the middle.
Oh God, how I love your sense of humor! Our family asks God for “love presents” daily as reminders that He is with us. These gifts symbolize God wants what is best for us and usher us back into alignment with Him. Certainly God offered one to me that day!
It was a great reminder to actually pray instead of only studying about prayer. I love learning about God and the ways in which He works. But I don’t spend as much time in prayer with God as I would like. Oh how I wish I could say that it caused me to stop and spend an hour in prayer, but it didn’t. I had to leave for work.
Since our yearly theme is simplicity, I have been trying to meditate on a single phrase of Scripture instead of reading chapters. One verse that keeps striking me is a very commonly quoted passage that is spoken by many believers every day. It is quoted in thousands of churches every single Sunday and is so mended into our mind that we would do ourselves a favor to only take this one thought and meditate on it.
Give us this day our daily bread.
This beautiful phrase is in the Lord’s Prayer. It is supposed to remind us that this relationship we have with Jesus is a daily choice. It takes work! Not the kind of work that is supposed to earn us salvation, but the intimacy we can experience with Jesus certainly doesn’t just show up because we are believers. We must remember that God fed the Hebrew pilgrims fresh manna every day (except the Sabbath). And to follow Jesus is to take up our cross daily and follow Him. When Jesus called Himself the Bread of Life certainly some of his listeners recalled manna.
Part of the purpose of prayer is to interact with our Father and receive from Him all that He wants to give. Jesus’ half-brother James wrote in the 4th chapter of his letter that we don’t have because we don’t ask God for what we want. He then goes on to attach our not receiving to asking with improper motives. One prayer that will always be answered is to receive more life from God.
I pray that you ask God for a love present this week and eagerly look for it! It may come in the form of a rock in a tree, but certainly it will result in your heart being filled with joy and peace.