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  • PRAYER is attempting to live consciously with GOD

  • It needs effort and continual practice on our part

  • But it is well within the grasp of everyone

  • This section is intended to help in that direction

 

 

 There is a parable Jesus tells about seed sown in a field. Jesus speaks in parables rather than giving orders and commands to us. Parables are stories used to illustrate lessons, but you have to fathom out the lesson that applies to you at the point when you read or listen to it. This parable can be applied very easily to our attempts a

 

"... some of the seed fell on the footpath; and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground... but as it had no root it withered away. Some fell among thistles [which]... choked it. And some fell on good soil, where it produced a crop..."

"On the footpath": we do not even get started. We see reasons to try but we never actually start praying. It is as if the birds live off our passing thoughts and they are no more.

"On rocky ground": we start full of enthusiasm, but somehow we over do it, we try to run before we can walk. Little roots are formed but they have no depth and the idea soon dies away and we stop praying.

"Among the thistles": we know what to do and get started in a sensible manner. We work at it but this time, somehow other things get more priority and eventually all those things in our life crowd out the prayers and we find we have stopped.

"On good soil": well let's just get started now and not bother with the others.

The first thing to remember is not to spend time looking for GOD. He knows where each of us is and there is no need for us to go searching for Him. He cannot be bound by time or by space, otherwise He would not be God.

The second thing is to remember that you are never alone when praying. Just accept that there is a whole host of angels and saints already living outside our dimension - in heaven or in paradise if you like - and they will join with you whenever you pray.

The third thing to remember is that GOD Himself will help you, through his HOLY SPIRIT, you cannot press the wrong button by mistake.

O God come to my aid, O Lord make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end.

Think of how great and glorious GOD must be - 

Our Father Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be Thy Name

Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven

and how tiny and reliant on Him we must be - 

Give us this day our daily bread

But in spite of that he loves us and is prepared to accept us - 

And forgive us our trespasses

But we have got to play our part, make a commitment - 

As we forgive those who trespass against us

Now raise our hearts again to realise GOD's power to do what He wants for us - 

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

The Lord bless us and keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life, AMEN

Now try to find time to read (or sing if you like) part of a hymn written by an Englishman who lived in Oxford in the last century

 

Lead kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom

Lead thou me on

The night is dark and I am far from home

Lead thou me on

Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene; one step enough for me

 

I was not ever thus, nor prayer that thou

Shouldst lead me on

I loved to choose and see my path; but now

Lead thou me on

I loved the garish day, and spite of fears

Pride ruled my will: remember not past years

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