Friday, August 23, 2013

A Comforting Gift of Prayer


When the lamb had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 leaders bowed in front of him. Each held a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, the prayers of God’s holy people. 
~ Revelation 5:8, GW ~

A few weeks ago, I came home to a surprise package sitting on my dining room table.  I hadn't remembered ordering anything recently, so I couldn't imagine why I would be receiving this box in the mail.  Upon opening the exterior shipping box, I discovered a beautifully wrapped package tied with fancy cloth ribbon.  Wow!  Parents like me get medical bills and IEP paperwork in the mail, not treasures like this, I thought.

As I read the attached card, I discovered that this precious gift was from one of the mothers who had recently graduated from our Parent Mentor ProgramAmy has a heart of gold, and this treat sent to me only affirmed how blessed we are to have her involved in our ministry.  Inside the lovingly wrapped exterior was a precious gift that continues to bless me -- a Prayer Bowl.  I had never heard of any such aid to prayer prior to this, and I am beyond grateful to have it now as part of my daily habit.

Since inception, SNAPPIN' MINISTRIES has had a core prayer team that does nothing but lift up the concerns of our individual parents as well as the organization as a whole.  I can emphatically say that our ministry would not have survived had it not been for these faithful prayer warriors.  

Read today's opening Scripture verse again and meditate on it.  Our prayers are a pleasing sound to the Father, as the music of a harp would be.  Our prayers are a desirable aroma to the Lord, as incense.  Turning to God for full reliance, trust, and praise of the glory He deserves is not only essential for our life's journeys, but is also a love offering to Him.  That is what makes Amy's gift so remarkable.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

(Psalm 5:3, NIV)


We humans are a visual people.  The prayer bowl is a daily reminder to lift up our worries, praises, interventions, and needs to the only One who is able to competently handle them.
Prayer cards accompany the lovely prayer bowl, making it easy to share what is on my heart with God.  Some of the cards are completely blank, while others have prompts that are suitable to different situations.
Of course, the first prayer written on a card was for Amy, my blessed friend who would think enough of me to send on such a treasure. But after my thoughts for her have flowed supplication for my own husband and children, for those having surgery, for families suffering loss, for parents struggling to their core with their children.  I have confessed my own selfishness and sin.  And I have requested generous blessing for volunteers and for those who have blessed the special needs community in immense ways.

Prayer is a gift.  Pause and meditate on that a moment.  Because of Jesus, you can sit right where you are at any time and speak boldly and openly with the very Creator of the universe. (See Hebrews 4:16)  That is amazing!  You can't address most humans of authority that way, yet you can speak to the Ultimate Authority any time something is on your heart.  With such a privilege, why then would we hesitate to speak to our Loving Maker?

Amy's present to me is a tangible reminder of the greater gift of prayer.  It has enhanced my already active prayer life in a new way.  It is a reminder to present my thoughts and those I value to God each day, without hesitation.  I am grateful beyond words for her kindness to me, and my hope is that each of you would find such a way to daily communicate with the Lord.

PRAY:  Lord, when I merely read your word, it is a one-sided conversation.  Holy Spirit let me not rest until I have spoken to you and with you each day.  I cannot do life apart from You.  Thank You for the gift of prayer, for the opportunity to openly and freely share with You everything that is on my heart.  Your love is my treasure.


Prayer Bowls are available at http://prayerbowls.com/




2 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I run a blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. We are looking for new contributors. If you know of anyone willing to write about prayer from a faith-filled Christian perspective I would love to know.
    Would you allow me to repost a portion of this post. I don't repost everything as I don't want to lower your SEO or mine.
    Please check out http://underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com
    Blessings,
    Janis www.janiscox.com

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    1. Thanks for your contact, Janis. Of course, you may repost part of this if you let your readers know where it originates. If you would like to draw up a brief call for contributors to your prayer blog, feel free to e-mail me with it at barb@snappin.org. Anything I can do to help foster attention to the topic of prayer is a privilege!

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