Gummy Prayers

Not long ago our grandson was eagerly anticipating our arrival at church on Wednesday night.  He was finally given the “green light” by his dentist to chew gum and my wife had promised him a pack of gum that he was especially excited to try.  When he finally was given his treat he gave us both big hugs, flashed a big toothy smile and thanked us repeatedly !   While he is a pretty good schmoozer, this was genuine and grateful and  we no  doubt received the greater enjoyment than he did chomping down on his new treat !!

Every believer is given the special treat of being able to pray to the Creator of the Universe. What a tremendous privilege.  And while we don’t always avail ourselves to it like or how we should, I would like you to think of the next time y0u pray as making God feel like you would in our situation that I just described.   While it’s true the Lord wants you to pray for your needs and have a right dependence upon Him (for example, “give us this day our daily bread” ~ Mt.6:11) it is also true and good that we take time in our prayers to genuinely, gratefully & passionately talk to our Lord !

Study sometime the prayers of Daniel, Paul, or David and learn how they took the time to delight the heart of God in what they spoke to Him. “Thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes” (Ps.26:3);  “He only is my Rock and my Salvation” (Ps.62:6);  “Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honor and majesty.” (Ps.104:1).   Yes they were inspired to write these things but they also meant them from the very depths of their hearts !  Praying in such a way stirs in us an adoration that is good worship and blesses God and actually makes Him feel good but does the same for you too.  It’s  a “win-win” and veers us away from self-centeredness to Savior-consciousness.  What have you said nice to Him lately? What can you say nice to Him now?   Chew on this for a while !

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