I read a good interview with Tim Vine this week. He was talking about all the choruses he sang when he was a child and I knew them all. Unfortunately, I also remember that I was a teenager rather than a child when I sang them As you probably know, I am a bit of a hymn person, although I do like a chorus when it’s done good and noisy as God intended, if you get my drift.
Anyway was thinking about this
“Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry – everything to God in prayer.”
There is so much truth here that I am prepared to overlook the strange memories I have of my Mum’s version of this by Slim Whitman (a bit singy for me)
I can’t speak for you lot but, as usual I have so much going on here and the last thing I think of doing is praying. Really – it is last on my list. Only when I am really desperate and can’t find a way out will I pray. Good grief, I bet even the atheists do that! If I spent as much time in prayer as I do thinking “What am I going to do?” or making “Get my own back” speeches in the shower, I would be giving Daniel a run for his money in the prayer warrior stakes. So, with a view to putting that right, I give you the things that are doing my head in, just as I am giving them to God. Some are real, some are imagined, some have happened, some may happen, some may not. Whatever, they are God’s for the doing with whatever he wants. I spect he’ll be better at dealing with it all than I am.
Work, Daughter’s exams, Son’s dissertation, HOH work, HOH knees, Wet rot, Dry rot, Dog’s bowels, elderly parent, old car, finding new car, double glazing, pensions, writing, feeling knackered, church, rendering, finances, summer holidays, thinking of what’s for tea, drains being dug out, Christians chained up while giving birth, not getting enough sleep, finding time to read the Bible, trying to like people I don’t like, struggling with forgiveness, wondering if God gives up.
Fraid it’s not all there but that will do for now I think. No pressure God.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.