The Simple Prayer

Our need for a physical god is not a surprise to God. Throughout the bible, we see people seeking and, in some cases, creating their own physical gods or idols. Isaiah 44:19-20 NLT says, “The person who made the idol never stop to reflect, why its just a block of wood! I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood? The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that cannot help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask Is this Idol that I am holding in my hand a lie?”

In John chapter 20:24-25, we meet Thomas, one of the twelve Disciples stating that he needs to see the resurrected Christ to believe. “One of the twelve disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him; we have seen the Lord! But he replied, I would not believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Today’s society is no different. We still desire tangible proof, so; we flock to things that make us feel good. And is there anything wrong with feeling good? No, not necessarily. The truth, however, does not always feel good, but it is always the truth. Paul puts it this way in 1 Corinthian 15:17-19 “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all most to be pitied.” Today I would like to ask for everyone reading this blog to think about their salvation and what that means? A life with Christ requires faith and continued relationship through the word of God and the Holy Spirit. Philippians 4:19 states, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I submit as followers of Christ. We should look to God and not-self. Forgoing positive thinking rehearsals. The idea of looking deep within our hearts. Instead, I suggest what we need is to open the bible and dig in to accept the truth of God. And realize that our way is not working and look to God for the answers that we all so desperately seek. The word of God states in Isaiah 48:17, “This is what the Lord says your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.” I will leave you with the words in Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” The truth is, help is just a prayer or an open bible away. The question now becomes, do you really want help? One of the most honest prayers one can pray is simply (Dear God, help me.)

Remember, God loves you, and so do I.

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