From the Pastor’s Desk

Sunday, February 26, 2023

The day before Billy Graham’s 1982 interview on NBC’s Today Show, his director of public relations, Larry Ross, requested a private room for Graham to pray in before the interview. But, when Mr. Graham arrived at the studio, his assistant informed Ross that Mr. Graham didn’t need the room. He said, “Mr. Graham started praying when he got up this morning, he prayed while eating breakfast, he prayed on the way over in the car, and he’ll probably be praying all the way through the interview.” Ross later said, “That was a great lesson for me to learn as a young man.”

Prayerfulness is not an event; it is a way of being in a relationship with God. This kind of intimate relationship is developed when God’s people view prayerfulness as a way of life. The Psalms encourages us to begin each day by lifting our voice to the Lord (Psalm 5:3) “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up”‘ to fill our day with conversations with God (55:17) “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, ad He shall hear my voice”; and in the face of accusations and slander, to give ourselves totally to prayer (109:4) “in return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer”. We develop prayer as a way of life because we desire to be with God (42:1-4; 84:1-2; 130:5-6).

Prayer is our way of connecting with God in all of life’s circumstances. God is always listening. We can–and should –talk to Him throughout the day.

In prayer, God hears more than your words–He listens to you heart.

You are loved, Pastor Jennifer

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