When asked by Judy Clark to give a few words about the importance of prayer in our life we quickly said yes. Then when thinking about what to say it became clear that prayer is always a part of our lives, whether dealing with illness or difficult decisions or just going about our day to day activities. We have such a wonderful opportunity and privilege to communicate with our Lord and He has made it so easy for us! We are very big believers in the power of prayer.
Of course, whenever we think of what the Bible says about prayer, Philippians 4: 6-7 comes to mind first. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What an amazing gift God has given to us with prayer!
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Every day we give thanks for the many blessings that God has given and ask his guidance throughout the day. I’m not sure how we could make it through some days without the assurance that he is in control. We feel like in this verse God has not only given us permission but encourages us to talk to him as much as we want to or need to each day.
It is easy at times to wonder why the God of the universe would care about the small details of our lives but Matthew 7:9-12 compares the gifts that parents give their children to the gifts that God gives his children. When we think of how much we care about every part of our children’s lives, it reminds us that our Lord, who is all powerful, cares about every aspect of all of our lives as well. Just as a parent wants to hear about their child’s day so too does God! He knows our hearts already but when we demonstrate faith in Him through prayer we develop a relationship with Him that is like no other. This helps us to not be afraid or embarrassed to bring all of our thoughts and concerns to him in prayer. We appreciate the support and encouragement TCCC provides in developing a prayer life.
Kyle & Sharon Childers