“One More Time” (Prayer: part 3)

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Sometimes, Beth doesn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Every now and again, Todd doesn’t know whether to quit or to try. They both admit they are tired of people telling them, “You can do it!” as that advice seems to only support human effort. But their weariness does not keep them from the spiritual strength they receive, when they get on their knees, when no one is around. They each have their own secret place, where they give God their junk, before He gives them His promises to face another day, one more time.

For Beth, her secret place is in her car, during a 30-minute lunch break. For Todd, it is downstairs in his den before the dawn breaks. On some early mornings, he does break down. But he also receives encouragement from quotes in a devotional, like what he read from Joni Eareckson Tada, who said “Our tears are liquid prayers.” Beth scribbles down her thoughts in a battered ‘ol journal. She learned a long time ago, it is harder to accept spiritual help from God, until she first acknowledges where she is on the journey. That’s why she loves reading David’s honesty, as found in the Psalms.

In the workplace, the Negative Nelly’s are ready to attack them both, for their Christian stance and values.  But after those two spend time with God, their countenance, and sincere smiles of hope, seem to cause their critics to look puzzled, as they scratch their heads, and walk away.

Someone asked Beth, “So why do you do this “Jesus thing”? I love her response. “Because I know He really listens.” If I had to make a list of my pet peeves, I know which ones would make the top ten. One is: People who look away from me, when I am trying to talk to them. It might occur with guests around the dinner table, or out in the yard talking to a neighbor. It makes me want to stop talking, and abruptly end the conversation. It makes me feel like they don’t care.

We all want to be heard. If I were asked, “Nelson, why do you do this “Jesus thing” by praying to a God you have never seen?” I would point them to a verse I had never noticed before, until someone posted it recently on Facebook. “Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” (Psalms 116:2, NLT)

How can anyone refuse to “talk” to Someone who really cares and really listens. That verse says He bends down. God does not look away. He bends down to where you are and looks into your soul and your circumstances. He does hear your deepest cries.

One prayer obviously is not enough, as our hectic lives are always changing, and we will always need His help. Thankfully, Paul seemed to know that as he wrote three words: “Never stop praying.” (I Thessalonians 5:17, NLT)

Pray…one more time.

 

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4 thoughts on ““One More Time” (Prayer: part 3)

  1. Excellent devotional — Amazing video — The part that ripped into the fiber of my heart and soul was the journal page with Dear Lord and then seeing the tear drops. !!!! I cannot find the words to describe the depth I feel in reading this devotional Love you and appreciate your writings.

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My name is William-Nelson-Haynes. I mentioned my full name because I want to share more than just two-thirds of me. Since life is a journey, it is my hope that this blog keeps you from feeling alone. Please check out my background, education and experience in "The Writer" part of the Menu on the top left-hand corner of the home page. Other Menu items you can scroll through are the Authors who influenced me, Magazine Articles I write for Good News Magazine, the Top 15 books that affected me spiritually, and the other hobbies that also make me come alive.