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Done so many things wrong I don’t know if I can do right
Oh I, Oh I’ve done so many things wrong I don’t know if I can do right
At This Point in My Life – Tracy Chapman

Don’t equate me staying afar as not being capable of love, because everything in me hurts for the broken words. I just hope you are happy because that is all that I wanted. That’s all I ever wanted, so I write this post with a broken heart but happy soul. I have prayed and prayed and prayed to God asking for answers. So I write this post, not to be selfish, but to take your pains and troubled times, now and forever more. See…

First came the rain – then fell the snow
I never forgot – therefor I know
The weight of ice broke my grip
I no longer bother to make the trip
Underneath the white – shielded by a tarp
Two seeds of tomorrow – deserve a fresh start
I feel the joy they celebrate
What they think of me I can only speculate
First came the rain – then fell the snow
I never forgot – therefor I know
I’ll serve your pain on judgment day
All your life’s debt I prepay
It’s the least that I owe – praying from afar
Cause I will be there – wherever you are

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2014-07-29 19.18.24

Love. So much has been written, sung, created, joined, saved, married, and born… a universe generated from our God’s love, LOVE so powerful, that, from that love, life burst forth from nothing. God loved life beyond our comprehension that somehow, a universe grew from that love. In that split second of the big bang our souls grabbed ahold of a teeny, tiny piece of that love, and we have been happy sad laughing crying jumping crawling all at the same time, and this, THIS moves this fragile life of ours. You feel it swell in your chest that you lose your breath and your stomach quivers. You digest it to the point of exhaustion and your legs are weak. (more…)

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A Christian Prayer

take my eyes my Lord
and reveal those who need you.
take my heart my Lord
and fill it with your love and compassion.
take my hands my Lord
and build your kingdom.
take my arms my Lord
and embrace those who are lonely.
take my legs my Lord
and lead me to those who are broken.
take my mouth my Lord
and offer forgiveness to your sinners.
take my ears my Lord
and listen to all problems.
take my soul my Lord
and forgive me for my sins.
take all that I am my Lord
and share it with your world.

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A couple of weeks ago my daughter was telling me about a friend’s situation in life and how she was worried for her. I won’t go into the details, because that’s not the point of this, but needless to say, I told my daughter to pray for her friend. I was surprised to hear my daughter say that she didn’t know how to pray. I had two revelations at that moment. One, obviously I had failed as a parent because my daughter didn’t know how to pray. To be fair, she doesn’t spend that much time with me, but that’s just an excuse; I should have done a better job teaching her how to communicate with our God and Father. Two, I bet many people have no idea how to pray.

I can honestly say that I was lucky and my parents, probably just my mom, but to be fair I can’t rule out my dad, taught me on some level how to pray. I was raised Catholic, so of course most days ended in bed saying the “Our Father,” “Hail Mary”, and other typical Catholic prayers. So I had a good foundation.

But what is prayer really? To me, it’s simply a communication with God. Praying isn’t a complicated process. You talk. God listens. I don’t think it’s meant to be much more than that. Jesus even gave us a blueprint on what we need to say.

This is from Matthew, Chapter 6 (NIV):

9 This, then, is how you should pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Jesus prays a lot in the bible. And not just in his solitude moments, but you will also find several passages where the gospels say that he is sort of mumbling to himself before doing something. I believe that he is talking to God at that moment. He doesn’t do so where anyone can hear him, obviously, because it always states that he is mumbling or making a noise. But he might just be saying under his breath, “Hey, Father, let your will be done.”

That’s what I believe Jesus teaches us about prayer. It’s supposed to be simple. Can you imagine when he said here is how you pray and it was just those simple, few lines. People were probably expecting something eloquent, moving, complicated, long, or verbose, but probably not those short simple lines, which summarized is: God you are great, let your will be done, give me something, forgive me, I will forgive others, and help me to be good. I mean that summary is almost as long as what he said to pray.

I bet a lot of people have that misconception about prayer. I’ve heard many people praying out loud (which I don’t partake in, more on that in a little bit), and they just keep going on and on. Lord do this. Father do that. Amen Father. Yes. Lord Father. Father God. They think the prayer has to be long and complicated. It doesn’t. Remember what they taught you in school: KISS. Keep it Simple Stupid.

You’re talking to God. He understands all. He knows all. Tell him what you want. He knows your heart. He knows what you are trying to say. God just wants you to talk to him. He enjoys your company. You can’t mess up. If your toddler says “milk;” you know what he or she is attempting to express. If your dog barks by the door, you know that he wants to go outside. You don’t expect it to be perfect. Neither does God. He loves you more than you can even begin to imagine, and he knows already that we are far from perfect.

I’ve never really told anyone this, but I pray to God all day long. That’s the beauty of having a conversation with God. He can understand what I’m thinking. So if I get angry at someone who cut me off while driving to work, I ask God to help me calm down. If I can’t solve a programming problem, I pray to God, first, to help me calm down, and then, second, to help me discover the solution. When I talk to my kids, I tell God thank you. When I see someone asking for money on the side of the road, I pray to God to comfort them. Maybe it’s because I’m a shy person and I don’t have lots of conversations with people, but I talk to God more than anyone else.

Of course, I also have my longer prayers — the times when I devote more time and soul to the conversation, and a lot of times, those moments aren’t planned, and many times, they occur when something moves me. If I’m driving and I see a beautiful sunset, if I’m sitting in the deer stand or if I hear a favorite song, I will take that moment to reflect and worship God, asking that his will be done, asking for a good raise at work, asking for forgiveness as I tell him those individuals that I forgive, and finally, I ask him to help me be a good person. You don’t have to make time for prayer. As the famous philosopher NIKE always says, “Just do it.” If you were in the car with your best friend and the sunset happened to be stunning, you wouldn’t wait until tomorrow to sit your friend down and tell her how much you liked it or whatever you and your friend discuss. You would just tell them, right then and there.

I know what you’re thinking, “for someone who said keep it simple, you sure went on and on,” but hey, I just want you to understand what Jesus said and practiced when it came to prayer. Prayer is simple, and you just need to do it. See, I could have just typed that sentence, and it states all that you need to know, but I like writing what I think, so I tend to go on and on. And guess what, this was longer. I spilt this into two posts. The second half will be coming soon.

Oh, and what did I tell my daughter about praying for her friend? I simply told her to pray, “God, help my friend and comfort her.”

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