Sometimes It’s Hard to Know, but Other Times …

10 Aug

Sheriff Bob was also the small town’s veterinarian. One night the phone rang, and his wife answered.

The woman on the line yelled into the phone, “Is your husband there?”

“Sure,” the sheriff’s wife said, “But do you require his services as a sheriff or as a vet?”

The caller didn’t hesitate a second. She knew exactly what to ask for. “Both!” she yelled. “We can’t get our dog’s mouth open … and there’s a robber in it!”


PrayingHands_QuestionMarksAs I read that, I thought – Sometimes it’s just hard to know what to ask for, and sometimes it isn’t.

This is especially true in prayer.

We may not know what to pray for sometimes. And when that happens, we have the assurance the Holy Spirit will interpret our hearts to the Father (Romans 8:26).

In some situations, God gives us great freedom of choice. And we may wonder, “What should I do, Lord? I don’t even know what to pray for?” But other things are “no brainers” in prayer.

As I look at what the early Christian church prayed for, I think I see a model for us.

Christians can:

I’m sure there are many more things the early church prayed, and we can too.

We can also be aware of what is happening in our world, and pray concerning the changing events in the news and our communities. Pray with wisdom. Pray with boldness.

Yes, sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray, but there are enough positive, biblical things we KNOW we can pray for to keep us busy for a long time each day.

So let’s get praying!

Which of the suggested prayer requests mentioned above struck you as an urgent need in your life or church?

– Dawn


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