Drawing Near

Sunday, February 3, 2019
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Mind if I ask a question? How do people find the words to pray?

I made a new friend just the other day. Her name is Cheryl. As I was sitting at the table eating breakfast, I decided I wanted to pray for her. For some reason, I wasn't sure how to begin. My mind started racing — what should I pray? Should I go and find my book on prayers? That didn't seem right. I wondered if I should do a search on my smart phone: How to hear from the Holy Spirit. I knew that I needed the Lord's help.

I decided just to call out to God. So, I quietly said, "Lord …" Then my eyes glanced out my kitchen window. "Would You …" As I spoke, my eyes lifted past the tops of the trees in my yard … "please help …" My eyes kept glancing upwards looking for a space free from branches and leaves, where I could see blue sky, and then suddenly, my eyes quickly stopped in their tracks and fell back to where I sat.

Then without any words, I felt the Lord impress upon my heart that I didn't have to look so far for Him. He was already right here with me.

Romans 8:26-27 – Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (KJV)

Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (KJV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remember that You are always near. Please bless those we care about, in ways even higher than we could possibly think or ask. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

And although I wasn't expecting it, I was blessed, too!

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Rosemary Bruton <roseborn2@aol.com>
LaGrange, Ohio, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thank you so much very thoughtful and helpful!

    Thank you, Rosemary. For this helpful devotional.

    Thanks for sharing, Rosemary. Have a blessed day.

    Beautifully said. Your words brought a tear to my eye.

    Rosemary, Thanks for sharing your learning. May God bless each and every one of us.

    Thank you for a meaningful devotional. We all, at some time, struggle with prayer and your message is encouraging.

    Hello Rosemary
    Wow, this is a great devotional and so well put as to how things can just happen. Loved it, thanks.
    God bless.

    I have often asked the Spirit to guide me as I don’t know how to pray for someone, or about a situation.
    Lord please meet this person’s needs. I don’t know what they are, but you do.

    Good Morning Rose,
    Welcome as a PresbyCan writer and thank you for your devotional today!
    As you stated, our God is very near to us, always, in fact He lives within us!

    Yes! I have started asking the Spirit to groan on my behalf concerning a deep trouble in my life, and to intercede in the matter, because I don’t know how to pray about it.
    Blessings to you.

    Greetings Rosemary,
    Thank you for this devotional reminding us that the Lord is always near and hears the simplest of our prayers at any time or any place. He truly is awesome!

    SHALOM Rosemary!
    Thank You for sharing your wonderful experience! With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE, as you well know. The Holy Spirit is needed at many times to help us to achieve our goals, and always will come!
    (Ontario Canada)

    Dear Rosemary: You have blessed us all today with this lovely devotional that reminded me of the slogan: ‘Trying to pray IS praying.’ Thank you for such a simple yet profound writing that helped me as I read it.

    Dear Rosemary,
    We thank God that he puts prayers he wants us to pray in our hearts and minds. Especially when we read portions of scripture, we are put into prayer-mode, and can express our thanks, and wants, and hopes to God in the name of Jesus Christ — our ever-present mediator and friend.
    Keep Writing.

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