Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Real Life Readings on Prayer

I was reading a book about women who prayed and I came to a chapter about Susanna Wesley. This mother of John and Charles Wesley had 10 out of 19 children survive. She and her husband Samuel of 44 years suffered a great deal of hardships along with a “rocky” marriage. Through it all Susanna kept her trust in God and prayed. It didn’t matter what was happening; she consistently prayed daily for 1-2 hours. Where did she find a private place to pray in a small house during the 1700’s with so many children and her many responsibilities? (Show your apron) She put her apron over her head. This was her signal to her children that she was praying and she was not to be disturbed. No wonder John and Charles Wesley became such influential men of God.

Real Life Prayer Point: From Susanna Wesley I learned to make the time to pray daily no matter what.
In this book I also read about a woman who was verbally abused by her husband and her mother-in-law. The only place that she could find for her private prayer time was in the shower. So she prayed in the shower and she prayed for her husband and mother-in-law. The verbal abuse continued for all of her married life. On her husband’s deathbed he apologized to her for the way he and his mother had treated her and said that she was undeserving of the abusive treatment. He learned about forgiveness from his wife. Her daily prayers kept her “sane” and able to emotionally deal with her harsh life.

Real Life Prayer Point: Continually pray for those who hurt you and forgive them.
Another woman in the book found her modern day-stay-at-home life to be very hectic. She couldn’t seem to find the time to pray because of all her work. After a snatched prayer about not having the time to pray God told her that of course she had time to pray. He told her, “Instead of doing your chores and complaining use the housework chore time to pray for every member of your house.” In particular, God recommended that she could pray for her husband while cleaning the toilet.

Real Life Prayer Point: Prayer can happen anywhere particularly during my least favourite chores.

A Missionary: This real life prayer story isn’t about a woman this time but instead it is about a male missionary. (My apologies again for not writing down the name of the book). This missionary was exhausted after walking to various villages and sharing Jesus with the people but he prayed before falling asleep. One night robbers planned to go into his place but they couldn’t find the door because they saw a wall of fire surrounding his place. So they decided that they would try to steal from him the next night.

The following night, the missionary again prayed before falling asleep while the thieves planned to enter his house but again they couldn’t find the door because a wall of fire surrounded his place. The next evening the missionary returned home but this time he didn’t pray before he fell asleep. Finally, the robbers were able to enter his house but instead of taking anything from the missionary, they woke him up. The missionary was so surprised to see people in his house. The thieves asked him why the wall of fire wasn’t surrounding his house tonight. The missionary realized that one thing he had done differently was that he hadn’t prayed before falling asleep. So that is what he told the potential robbers.

Real Life Prayer Point: This real life prayer example reminds me about the importance of prayer in keeping me and my family safe and protected. This real-life scenario impacted me so much that I began to pray daily for God to protect my family. 

The Hiding Place: Have any of you read “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom? It’s been awhile since I have read the book but there is one part of the book that has stayed with me over the years. While in the prison camp, Corrie and her sister were housed in a crowded prison area with many other Jewish women. It was in this setting that Corrie and her sister were able to hold Bible studies because the guards didn’t like coming into their area. 

The bedbugs were the reason the guards dreaded going in their area. So Corrie’s sister told Corrie and the others that when they prayed that they needed to thank God for the bedbugs. Corrie resisted at first and had no interest in saying thank you Lord for the nasty bedbugs. Soon she realized that her sister was right. If it weren’t for the bedbugs they wouldn’t be able to have their Bible studies. 

Prayer Point: Always remember to say thank you to God for even the most humbling and unpleasant circumstances in my life.

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