Had one of those “AAAHA!” moments
in my quiet time this morning
Maybe it’s been said of some of you
or wouldn’t we want it to be said
“___ has a direct line to God”
“God hears and answers _____ prayers”
(put your name in the blank :O))
In my study today
“Lord, Teach Me to Pray” by Kay Arthur
I read a story
that connected the dots
and yet again affirmed
“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”
The story from Armin Gesswein’s School of Payer
referenced a man’s experience
as he attended his first prayer meeting
that in turn
transformed his prayer life
and it will ours
if we will
In came an elderly Methodist one night. When he prayed, I detected something new.
“I have never heard praying like that” I said to myself.
It was not only the fervency…
Heaven and earth got together at once
when he prayed.
to align our will to His and pray
His will not ours
“on earth as it is in Heaven”
sorry y’all I just get so beside myself!
the story went on..
There was a strange immediacy about it.
The prayer and the answer were not far apart-
in fact they were moving along together.
He had it “in the bag” so it seemed
The Holy Spirit was right there, in action
giving his assurance of the answer
while he was praying!
Eager to learn his secret
I went to see him one day.
Everyone called him “Uncle Am”
“Uncle Am, I would love to pray with you.”
At once he arose, led me outside
across the driveway into a red barn
up a ladder and into
There, in some old hay, lay two big Bibles-one open.
“What is this?” I thought.
I prayed first, as I recall it.
Poured out my heart, needs, burdens, wishes, aspirations, ambitions to God.
Then he prayed-
and there it was “that difference”
There, in that hay, on our knees, at eyeball level, I said:
“Uncle Am, what is it? you have some kind of a secret in praying. Would you mind sharing it with me?”
..and with an eagle- look in his eyes, he said:
“YOUNG MAN, LEARN TO PLEAD THE PROMISES OF GOD!”
isn’t that good y’all?!!!!!!
when I read that this morning
my heart almost popped right out of my chest!
we must learn
TO PLEAD THE PROMISES OF GOD!
the man telling this story went on to say that
Prayer is the key to heaven, but
faith unlocks the door.
and with that
it brought me right back to
(which we should all have memorized by now)
“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”
There MUST BE FAITH.
because “without faith it is impossible to please God”