“Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help. -Psalm 39:12 “After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed.” -John 17:1 “Pray continually.” -1 Thessalonians 5:17It should be noted throughout the Bible we are encouraged to pray. Consequently, it should be stressed that the focus of all prayers have to start with God; therefore, we must have a clear idea of God. God has to be meaningful and personal to each of us. God is all-powerful, which means no prayer is beyond His ability to answer. He is all knowing and loving. God oversees everything and everyone from the moment we are conceived. It should also be noted that prayer is a relationship where we worship, communicate with, and face God knowing He loves us and will respond in His way. It’s not like pulling a rabbit out of a hat; it’s not a guarantee against bad things happening. Stated simply, it is a clear humble relationship with our Creator where the potential for peace is possible! Peace inside ourselves and peace with each other. Pretty amazing when you think about it. There is a certain humility that comes with prayer. We are letting God know what is in our minds and hearts. That’s not easy. So our narrator should say, "Do it anyway! Reach inside yourself and recognize how much it can help." The year 2018 could be very important for the world. Let’s truly think about making prayer a resolution for everyone. It starts with us. Move it to the top of your list. Who knows? Maybe doing this one person at a time is all we need to make our journey together hopeful. At the same time it could help make our prayer life more routine. Bring it on, 2018 – We have God in our corner!
Copyright 2018 Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh
About the Author
Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) completed her education in Special Education and English and now works as an Agent in the Insurance Industry. A mother and Grandmother, Cathy grew up in a large Catholic family and has spent the last 30 years as a caregiver for her husband, Jack. She is a cancer survivor, which inspired her to begin writing.