Calling On The Savior . . .

After all the years of my life, I still do not completely understand prayer. It is something of a mystery to me. However, one thing I do know: When we are in desperate need, prayer comes naturally from our lips and from the inner most level of our hearts. When we are afraid, when we are pushed past our human limits, when we are snatched out of our comfort zone, when our well-being is challenged and endangered, we instinctively resort to prayer

Noted author Eugene Peterson wrote: "The language of prayer is forged in the crucible of trouble. When we can't help ourselves and call for help, when we don't like where we are and want out, when we don't like who we are and want a change, we use primal language, and this language becomes the root language of prayer."

Prayer begins in trouble, and it continues because we are always in some type of trouble at some level. It requires no special preparation, no precise vocabulary, no appropriate posture. It just emerges from us in the face of necessity and, in time, becomes our habitual response to every issue - we face in this life. What a privilege it is to have a gracious God that we can carry all our troubles of this life. God's help is only a prayer away. By prayer and supplication . . . let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6).

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