One Sunday morning in San Antonio, little Johnny was acting up during the worship hour at church. His mom and dad did their best to quiet him, but were quickly and loudly losing the battle. Finally, Johnny’s father picked him up and started to carry him out.

 It seemed like an endless trip to his dad and the congregation as Johnny screamed and screamed. Between screams, he cried out to the congregation, “Pray for me! Pray for me! Please….pray for me!”

There are days in my life, when I feel just like little Johnny.  Do you have days like that?   Are you staring in the face of a problem or need and your hope leads you to call a friend and say, “Pray for me.”

Is prayer your last resort, or your first response? 

As I approach my 82nd birthday, I am reminded life goes better when I am in a persistent state of faithful prayer and praise. I’ve learned it can’t be just something I do when times get tough. One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that prayer is the “Lord’s Way” to faith and trust.

This is the attitude the apostle Paul challenged us to have. He says the Christian life isn’t just about praying when times get tough; it’s about praying at all times—good and bad.

Faith and trust are life sustainers and builders — whether things look bright or gloomy.  If things are good, praise God for His blessings and love. If things are bad, or times are fearful, pray that God will show you His purpose.

Communication and rejoicing in our Savior is the key to living a life filled with his purpose, passion and peace. It gets better all the time! 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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