Forty Days of Prayer March 6, 2013

If you could be any super hero, who would you like to be?  I have always been partial to superman, just because he could fly. My second choice is Johnny, the human torch, from the Fantastic 4, because he could also fly.  Maybe that is part of why I love roller-coasters.  For that reason maybe that is why I have always liked this passage below from Isaiah chapter 40.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)

Prayer brings me a feeling of flight.  I feel myself transported to heaven to speak to God Almighty.  And after my conversation with God my whole perspective on life and everything in the world is changed.  On good days you get a little more of the perspective of God from heaven above.  Neurobiologists have even found that prayer can even release endorphins into the brain. I remember reading an article years ago that talked about this and coming to the conclusion that our minds are wired to pray.  God wants us to pray and lead us into an ever increasing relationship with Him.

Hope is a big part of faith and it is also an important part of prayer.  Saying a prayer is placing hope in God.  Prayers have a way of making a bridge from the present to the future.  Prayers may start in the past with confession, but they always seem to move me forward.  By saying a prayer you are putting your hope in the Lord.

It is interesting that “Hope” does not have such a prominent place in the four Gospels.  Why, because in the Gospels you can go and speak to Jesus face to face.  It is not something that people look forward to, it is a present day reality.  Even when speaking of death to one of the thieves on the cross next to Jesus, Jesus says, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” When Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God, it has arrived with His presence. Hope comes back into prominence in the rest of the New Testament after Jesus has ascended to heaven.   Then we hope for that day when we can speak to the Lord face to face.    For this reason I think prayer as we now have it will pass away.  No longer will we speak to God from a distance and with the separation of this world to the next.  As is always the case with God, when He gets rid of one thing, He brings something better, for this we can always say thank you in our prayers.

In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave

Lord, help me and renew my strength.  You can make my spirit soar through the air like an eagle.    Remind me to put my hope in You, the giver of all good things. Amen.


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