by Minister Sherri Campbell McQueen
I like Joyce Meyer. I have listened to her encouraging words for many, many years. I remember her first book, written about her own life. What an eye-opener. Although she experienced abuse at an early age, she is able to talk about how God brought her out of that situation. I could relate to her happiness. I could relate to her joy. I can relate to how here in 2013, I can turn on cable Channel 268 andsee how many people have come into the knowledge and understanding of the Word of God because of what God did in her life. I can see how over 30 years of loving and serving this God of my salvation, I understand what Joyce Meyer is talking about when she says, “PRAY.” THERE IS POWER IN PRAYER. Before you go to the phone, go to the throne. There is power in prayer. I know, that I know, that I know.
As one of eight children there was very little quietness in our house. In fact, it was only quiet when we were asleep. My parents were God-fearing people.
My mother taught us how to pray before we went to sleep at night. Before I started school, I knew how to pray. At night, we were taught to say,
“Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray dear Lord, my soul you’ll keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray dear Lord, my soul you’ll take. Amen!”
|God is faithful to His Word.
Did you learn that prayer? See, I still know it. Every night. Every night. And, I mean every night we prayed that prayer. We prayed out loud so my mother could hear us. Little did we know she was teaching us to make our requests known to God. She taught us not to be afraid to talk to God. She taught us to understand that everything we had need of, God had it. She taught us to trust God for everything. She taught us to talk to God.
At the age of 22 and 25 respectively, I lost my parents. Although I had not “prayed” in years, I prayed after my mother’s death. A simple prayer. This simple prayer, made in 1977 is now 36 years young and counting. I talk to God every day. And He talks to me. God is faithful to His Word.
Take time to pray. Give God Special Time. For example,
- Daily: Set time aside to read the Bible.
- Weekly: Set time aside to tutor a kid or teach an adult how to read.
- Monthly: Help feed the needy at City Gospel Mission.
- Annually: Go to Kentucky to distribute food to the poor and disabled.
Build your relationship with God through prayer. God is listening. Even if it’s not the “Lord’s Prayer” (Luke 11:1-4, KJV; Matthew 6:5-15 NIV) He wants to hear from you. He knows all about you anyway. I guarantee you not only will God hear you, He will answer you!
11 And it came to pass,…He was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray,…(2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. (3) Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.