Surprised, But Not Unprepared

In a recent worship service, Rev. Dennis Ditto focused on familiar and comforting thoughts about prayer. His words of instruction and time-honored truths provided reassurance, but also emphasized the necessity maintaining an up-to-date and vital prayer life.

Rev. Ditto’s advice: “When we are practicing prayer daily as we should, as Jesus taught us by His example, a crisis or trial will never catch us unprepared. Maybe it will take us by surprise, but never unprepared.”

In the days that followed the message, I’ve thought often about prayer and several Biblical admonitions about prayer. These verses have been a part of my prayer life across time:

  • “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
  • “Be joyful in hope, patient in adversity, and faithful in prayer.”  (Romans 12:12).
  • “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)
  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

 It is so important that we keep an attitude of prayer as we go about our daily lives.  I still remember and sometimes hum a chorus from my Sunday School days:

Whisper a prayer in the morning,
Whisper a prayer at noon,
Whisper a prayer in the evening,
To keep your heart in tune.

God answers prayer in the morning,
God answers prayer at noon.
God answers prayer in the evening,
So keep your heart in tune. 

Jesus may come in the morning,
Jesus may come at noon,
Jesus may come in the evening,
So keep your heart in tune.

Prayer: Lord, I want to be prepared for whatever lies ahead. Help me to pray as I ought. Life may bring unexpected events, but my prayer life can keep me always ready to respond in faith.

~ Brother Roy

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