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Delighting in my God, I desire to dwell in His pleasure and to help others experience true delight.

"Delight Yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your judgment as the noonday.  
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;..." Ps 37:4-7a

Saturday, April 18, 2015

O is for Observation / P is for Prayer




O is for ObservationA to Z Challenge

Observation: an act of recognizing and noting a fact or occurrence; to be aware of one’s surroundings; to listen and pay attention; to see, watch, recognize details, to collect information through one’s senses

It seems today, we have lost the art of using our brains when told something or even when looking at something. We no longer observe. Instead we absorb. Time to reawaken those observation skills that engage our reason and thinking. Yes, think and weigh the evidence presented to us. Is it logical? Does it make sense? Are we truly open to where the evidence leads?  

Here are a few websites to challenge you to be an engaged observer.



P is for PrayerA to Z Challenge

Prayer: Talking to God from your heart; 

Prayer has an effect not only on the person praying, but God affects things and events because we pray. How do I know? I look at what God Himself says He does when we pray as in this example of His response to Hezekiah's prayer.

          Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. Now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.”
          Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard you.’ This is the word that the Lord has spoken against him….
           ‘Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, “He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield or throw up a siege ramp against it. ‘For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’”
          Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead. From 2 Kings19

There are different approaches to prayer, different techniques to help us. Here are a few approaches.


Thanks for visiting,

Maria

3 comments:

  1. I believe in prayers, thanks for reinforcing my belief. I believe prayer is a relationship that one share's with God... I love praying from my heart, just being open and being myself. I remember my dad was a man of prayer, and we were nine children... my dad was very particular and everyday we said our prayers together in the evening hours at 7p.m. It used to be long prayers and as a child I did not want to sit for long.. today I value and appreciate my parents for having taught me to pray and helped me to always trust in the Lord. Reading your post brought some memories of my childhood. thanks for sharing

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  2. Thank you for this Maria. You're right, we're out of the habit of observing and instead absorb - much that is nonsense.
    I loved your post also about prayer and read the letter very carefully. ...l'll check the links you provide thank you. And we can pray at any time, day or night ... and many times too.

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  3. This is such a great post. I had never considered the difference between absorption and observation. I also appreciate what you have shared about prayer. I pray the Lords prayer a lot. I often begin my prayer time with the Lord's prayer, and also as I mover through my intercessory petitions I pray parts of the Lord's prayer for the people I am naming.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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