The Thought for the Week this week is written by Susie Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.....”                   Matthew 14 v 23


I’m convinced that the church of Christ has not grasped the power there is in prayer...otherwise we would be crying out to God day and night, we would be expecting far more, we would be believing for far more.....but we’re not. In prayer, we get to know the mind and will of God, we get to hear His voice speaking with us and we are strengthened as we allow ourselves to be led by Him. Prayer is the most underused weapon we have against the enemy yet it is only a breath away. As we need to breath to sustain our natural life, we need to pray to sustain our spiritual life. 

We need to take time to search through the scriptures, read what the scriptures say about prayer, then pray. You don’t have to start by spending an hour a day in prayer, start with 5 minutes. Yes, just 5 minutes away from your phone, away from your pc, away from every distraction. Those 5 minutes are just you and God. Thank Him for His goodness, for His love, ask Him guide you in all you do and then pause. In that pause, let the Holy Spirit draw near to you and let Him speak gently to you. Prayer is a two way communication, it’s not merely us talking to God, no, we are talking with God, we are listening for His voice as much as he is waiting to hear our voice. What a wonderful thought! God is waiting to hear our voice, He is waiting for us to come to Him and speak with him, to spend time in His presence short, He’s waiting for us to pray. 

At the beginning of this new week that lies ahead, let’s resolve not to keep God waiting. Rather let us come, draw apart and let our mind, heart and spirit be renewed as we simply pray.