Thought For The Day 09/09/14

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Are There Rules For  Prayer?

Thought 1277

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Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. 

Søren Kierkegaard

http://quotegarden.com/prayer.html

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Did you know that there are left brain people and right brain people in this world? Now while it is not written in stone, (after all, the human body remains very much a mystery, even today) scientists do know that it is the left brain that is primarily responsible for our speech and language or verbal acuity while our right side deals more with all things more analytical like math and science. I am most definitely a left brain person. My dad had to practically hog tie me and beat me over the head with calculations, algorithms and cosines to get me through High School and yet I always had enough ability to spin language so that I sometimes managed to squeak by with writing answers to word problems that left my teachers so stunned that they had no idea whether I had ever answered the question correctly in the first place!

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My point in discussing this is that, despite what is a passable talent for being able to combine words into a cohesive thought, I have the hardest time writing a prayer! While I may be able to express to God with my heart the things I want to convey or ask His help with, when it comes to actually phrasing it in print, I am woefully lacking. And by the looks of the number of answers I have found when I entered the phrase “writing a prayer” into the search engine of my computer, I am not the only one!

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If we break it down to its basic components, a prayer is nothing more than a conversation with God. If we are relaxed talking with a friend, we should be just as relaxed as we hold a conversation with God, which is why it is so much easier for me to pray silently that it is when I try to write it all down. I think we (I) become so concerned about syntax and punctuation and sentence structure that is necessary when our (my) words appear in the printed form, that we (I) forget the very basic fact that all prayer is, is a conversation!

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Now, a written prayer can take any number of different forms (such as prose or poem or even lyrics to a song). The point to this is that we need to throw away all those hard and fast rules of the English language (or whatever language you speak and write in) that we use as we write! Your prayer should not look, sound or read the same way as my prayer does. It is, after all, our uniqueness that brings a freshness and a new voice to what it is that we are asking our Heavenly Father for. However there is one thing I do know from all the writing I have done throughout the years. Read the words you write. If they are something you like and would strike a chord with you if you yourself were to read them in a book, then you have done well. And, I can state with certainty, that whether your words are adoration or entreaty, God will be exceedingly pleased to hear from you!!!!!!

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There are just a couple of thoughts that I have discovered when it comes to prayer. And fortunately for us all, they are not things that I have written. No, they are words which have been written by people far wiser that I will ever be. You see, the answers all come to us directly from God’s handbook for mankind…… His holy word…… the Bible!

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How Should We Pray? 

 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea  that is driven and tossed by the wind.

James 1: 5-6 ESV

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What Should We Pray For?

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be  saved.

Romans 10: 1 ESV

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Who Should We Pray For?

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and  thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high  positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in  every way.

1 Timothy 2: 1-2 ESV

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Mandy 2014

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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