Words of Light and Hope from Fran Neale AWA
Some thoughts on prayer.
When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them to pray, “Jesus response is brief and clear. He teaches them a prayer. [the Lord’s prayer] He does not teach them about the importance of stillness, or correct posture, or focusing the mind. He teaches them to talk to God, and to bring the whole muddle of our lives, the sublime and the mundane, to God. So in the one breath we can ask for the coming of the kingdom and our daily bread.” Jane Williams.
God wants us to be honest with him. “God can handle our doubts and he welcomes our questions. He’s not surprised when our faith wavers, especially when our circumstances do not align with our expectations…..I have found real freedom and healing in being honest with God about my pain.” Daniel McGinnis.
Even if our faith is no bigger than a mustard seed, we expect God can do what we ask. He has given us many promises but we need to discern “the difference between a promise and a technique. Once we have turned faith into a technique by which we manipulate God to gain a particular advantage, we have certainly gone astray.” Nigel Wright
“And though some prayers I’ve prayed may seem unanswered yet,
You never come too quickly or too late,
And I will wait and I will not regret the time,
In your time, there is rest,
There is rest.” Graham Kendrick