Monday, April 25, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Our prayer to God

Psalm 65
Neena Kurien

Connecticut Mar Thoma Congregation
1. Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed.
Psalm 65 is song of praise to God for His faithfulness. David recounts God’s faithfulness toward His children – an evidence of God’s providence through the generations – both spiritual and physical. As we read the Psalm, we begin to realize how the Psalm guides us on the right way to pray.
Verses 1 through 4 tell us why it is befitting to praise and worship Him alone, because God answers every prayer, in His time, and in His wisdom. Our prayers tend to sound like wish-lists for blessings and happiness for ourselves. What we fail to grasp is that God already knows our every need. Prayer is a time of communing with God and submitting to His will. It is an opportunity for us to draw near to Him to understand what He has ordained for us. ‘For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Rom 8:28). Having known this, if we continue with the same pattern of wish-list prayers, aren’t we simply rambling? And Christ’s instruction on prayer is unequivocal. ‘And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.’ (Matt 6:7, 8) This instruction is then followed by the Lord’s prayer that begins and ends with praise and with just three statements asking God for our daily needs.
Verses 5 through 13 praise the might of His word that accomplished all of creation. It establishes the reason why we can confidently let go of our wish-list prayers. God created the earth and all that is in it. All of creation bears testimony to His limitless power. The earth is renewed in its appointed seasons to meet our needs, just as God had planned it. All this He has provided for us. Why are our prayers then centered on the very things that God has already provided? Jesus reassured us again of this promise: ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. And all these things shall be added unto you.’ (Matt 6:33)
Prayer is a source of strength and encouragement. Prayer fosters fellowship among believers, guards against the evil one, brings healing, stirs people to ministry, brings peace where there is strife, and is an opportunity for us to forgive. When our prayers align with God’s will, the power of prayer is limitless! ‘If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’ (Matt 21:22). Let us ponder on what changes we need to make in our prayers.

PRAYER

Almighty Lord, You are the source of all our blessings. In You, O Lord, we find refuge. Help us to seek Your will in our lives and to live by faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."  Psalm 145:18