Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:6-7
“We pray because, by intuition or experience, we understand that the most intimate communion with God comes only through prayer:
“Ask people who have faced tragedy or trial, heartbreak or grief, failure or defeat, loneliness or discrimination. Ask what happened in their souls when they ﬁnally fell on their knees and poured out their hearts to the Lord.
“Such people have told me, ‘I can’t explain it, but I felt like God understood me.’
“Others have said, ‘I felt surrounded by his presence.’
“Or, ‘I felt a comfort and peace I’d never felt before.’ ”
- Bill Hybels, Too Busy NOT to Pray
Rev. Bill Hybels starts this second edition of his book with the idea that praying to God is an unnatural activity, so why do we do it? He gives two reasons which is the title of the first chapter in the book: “God’s Presence, God’s Power.”
After the quote and then copying the Scripture above, he tells of when his father died and how he roamed the halls praying about how he could not go on when his father had been his greatest encourager and counsel. Then God spoke to him and said that Rev. Hybels needed to trust Him more. God is able. God will be there.
I have talked to many who do not believe. They do not see God and they do not see the evidence of God anywhere. But I see God in everything, but then again, I believe in God. I can feel His presence. And as Rev. Hybels says above, the more we pray, the more our understanding of God’s presence becomes.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.
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