Lord, Teach Us to Pray

One of the most memorable passages of scripture is found in Luke 11:1, where it says: One day, Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him. “Lord, teach us to pray.” 

Jesus was modelling prayer to the disciples by spending long hours in prayer. They saw that he had something they didn’t. They saw that Jesus had a connection with God, and they desired to have the same.

The interesting thing is that the disciples never said, “Lord, teach us to preach, or, Lord, teach us to heal, or, Lord, teach us to perform miracles.”

They said plain and simple, “Lord, teach us to pray. This suggests that the most important lesson that we can learn is how to pray.

Jesus’ disciples saw the need to pray. They saw what prayer meant to the life of Jesus, and they knew that the solution to every problem was prayer. They knew that the only way to build up Christian character was through prayer. They knew that for them to have power, they would need a powerful prayer life.

So they said, “Lord, teach us to pray.

Garden of Gethsemane

Just before His arrest, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

The command came after Jesus had found the disciples sleeping instead of praying (verses 38–40). He had warned them that they needed to stay awake and pray with Him, but “their eyes were heavy” (verse 43), and they kept falling asleep. They slept right up until the time the armed mob came to take Jesus away (verses 45–47).

Unless we pray daily, we too will fall asleep, asleep to the effect our negative feelings and emotions are having on us. We want things to get better; we want our faith to be strengthened.

We have the best of intentions, but the temptation to worry, doubt and be fearful takes control. The temptation to be angry, to judge others, to hold onto unforgiveness, pain, and regrets, is just too much.

Our spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Having More Faith

An essential part of faith is to realise that fear and faith cannot exist at the same time; it’s like a tossed coin; it’s either heads or tails its impossible to be both.

This is why Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to ‘pray without ceasing.

Daily prayer means that fear doesn’t dominate your thought life, which means that you spend less time thinking about your problems and more time focusing on solutions.

So no matter what situation you find yourself in, PRAY. 

Prayer lifts you to highs that you cannot reach on your own—giving you strength, confidence, and faith—giving you the power to overcome all negativity.

If you are feeling anxious, confused or angry at this time, pray. With the weapon of prayer, you are capable of doing great things.


What’s Getting Me Through 2020

“You have not because you ask not.” James 4:2

We all have problems that we face, things that need to be resolved, and decisions that have to be made. We can lack direction, requiring strength and energy.

It’s easy to get fatigued, confused, and lose your way. Thats why the Bible says to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Because we get weak. We can get disheartened, and that is not what God wants. He wants the best for you.

In the Bible when the people had a problem what did they do? Call on God. You see it in Moses life, Davids life, Jesus life, Apostle Pauls life.

“You should always pray and not give up.”

Throughout the Bible, there are countless stories of the power of prayer. What is possible when you pray earnest prayers, when you remove all the barriers that stand between you and God.

It’s when you remove all these barriers that your prayers contain power.

With God all things are possible, without God you are like a sailor that is lost at sea, at the mercy of the waves. You want to take on the sea by yourself? Go ahead, but it will not end well.


No Matter the Length of The Road it Starts with One Step

Fridays are bin day where I live. One week it is general rubbish (Black bin) and the next it is recyclables and composting (Blue & Brown bin). Or as it is on my calendar black bin or blue bin, as I rarely put down the brown bin as I do my own composting as I have a flower and vegetable garden.

This week it was blue bin.

When I awakened, I heard the first bins getting collected. They collect the composting first then within the hour the second one comes for the recyclables.

As I awoke, I really didn’t want to get up, but the blue bin was full, and I knew I had too. I knew as soon as I got out of bed that was the hard job done.

It’s often that first step that is the hardest—just getting started.

What so many people do is they replay the entire journey in their head, which puts them off from even beginning. Using my simple morning challenge as an example.

If I had off thought about getting out of bed then getting changed, then going out in the cold morning air, I might have just lay there and regretted that decision for the next two weeks as all the rubbish built up.

Very often in life, we build small things into big things, and it results in us never even starting. Then 2-3 years down the road we regret not making a few sacrifices.

I once read that the pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the weight of regret weights tonnes. Something as simple as getting out of bed early each morning can have a massive impact on your life.

The journey of a million miles starts with one step, make that step today.

2020 Vision

2020 vision is what I wrote at the start of my journal this year.

I thought it would be a year that everything would come together for me as my dad die is 2018 and the last two year have been a bumpy road, but it wasn’t meant to be.

2020 was a year for the whole world to see.

See just how much we have all taken for granted. See just how much freedom we all took for granted. The ability to do what you want when you wanted.

This is a luxury that millions of people all over the world don’t have. We got a taste of what it feels like to live in places like Africa, and other poor and badly run countries.

If we can learn anything from 2020 it is this, there is a greater power than ourselves. I think a lot of people lost sight of that fact.

Did the governments of this world think that they could keep destroying the planet and for nature not to fight back?

All we can do is pray.

Pray that we all learn from this wake up call, and start to change our ways.

If you try to fight a tidal wave, you will not Win

In the writing of a recent comment on another blog, my inner feelings came out, and I thought I would share.

I think for the longest time I was fighting this whole experience, wanting it to fade away. For things to return to the way, they were. But as the weeks and months roll on, I realise the world needed this.

We all needed a wake-up call.

Materialism gets a lot of bad press, but for me, life is all about balance. The world, however, was out of balance. It’s so easy and natural to think, me me me, at times like this because YOU are directly affected by current events but if you look at the macro picture, you will realise that our level of consumerism could not continue.

People were living on fake money; many people have a deck of cards in their wallet, with no question of who foots the bill. We all have been living away beyond our means; we don’t need all the luxuries that we have. Advertising has convinced us that we need certain items to fit into society.

A couple of years back I was in the queue for a cash machine, and a group of girls were laughing at someone walking past because he didn’t have a smartphone saying, “he must live such a sad life.”

So having a smartphone means you have a good life?

That is the world that we were living in—shows on TV glamorising botox, plastic surgery, and bleached teeth. Children were getting anxious and depressed because they couldn’t have the latest technology and clothes.

As a society, we have lost touch with nature.

Look at the raging fires, and floods, droughts all over the planet, 100s of animals going extinct, whales and dolphins washing up dead on beaches. The wounds of how we live our lives.

Nature is all-powerful and what is happening is the balance that is needed.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

Are You Caught in the Overthinking Trap?

I believe we all have great ideas; the problem however is… we tend to overthink things to the point that we don’t do anything, or take so long that the moment has passed before we strike.

Which naturally leads onto, how can we stop doing this?

Well, the answer is not complicated. It’s not some 10 step process that you will forget. Its very simple.

Simple?

Yes.

As the famous Nike slogan goes, Just Do It.

Will your first attempt be excellent, probably not. But by just doing what your thinking of doing no matter how bad the first attempt. You have started.

Just starting puts you ahead of 90% of the people that say, “someday.”

Not Everyone Who Shakes Your Hand is your Friend

In this land of friends and followers, on-paper it can seem like we have lots of friends, but when you are in trouble, you quickly find out that you are lucky if you can count your friend list on the one hand.

Then the people that are there for you in your time of need, in your time of encouragement they don’t help you.

I have close friends that are good support when I’m in trouble and I need advice, but when I need some feedback creatively, they will not reply.

This has always confused me?

Why would someone offer support but not feedback, not want you to be in pain or suffering but then not give you praise?

Maybe we judge others on our own standards.

If someone asked me for my opinion on something I would give my opinion, I would pick out the best part; I would say something to make that person continue their writing, their art, their music etc.

A wise person once said to me, “Not everyone who shakes your hand is your friend.”

It took me a few years to see the wisdom within them words. Life is hard, and it is no harder for you than the next person. You may look at your rich friend that has a fancy BMW, lovely house,, and family and think they have such a good life, but maybe their marriage is on the verge of a break-up.

Each of us is rich in different ways.

I guess my main point is, everyone needs encouragement in life, everyone is facing their own problems and all that we can do as friends is to treat everyone in our lives the way we would want to be treated.

No matter how good someone is at something, they still need a few words of encouragement. Even a few words can make the difference between them continuing and stopping. Being depressed thinking no-one cares, or being happy that one person does.

You have that power to help the people that are around you, USE THAT POWER TODAY.

Could the Second Coming be Digital?

It says in the Bible, knowledge is sorrow, and this is very true. The more you know about what is happening in the world the more sorrow you will feel. Human greed for money and power is destroying the earth right before our eyes.

Yet we remain powerless.

Man likes to think he can outplay God, but we have written records down through history showing that this is not the case. Would it not be a masterstroke for God to create something that cannot be stopped, that cannot be silenced, that cannot be killed.

In this digital age could it be technology that comes to our rescue?

This is an idea that flashed into my head this morning so I thought I would sit down and see what would flow out.

Technology gets such a bad rap, from so many people, afraid that only bad things can come from AI. Artificial intelligence.

But maybe this is not the case.

Maybe AI could save us from ourselves.

Now it may not be Artificial intelligence, it maybe an evolved internet that allows us to distribute the wealth of the world more evenly, that allows me, for example, to buy coffee beans directly from a South American coffee farmer. With no need for a middle man.

Digitally I can paid him for the product plus post and packaging. Which would mean I get a high quality product, and he can have a better standard of living.

This may seem impossible but it’s only 20 years ago when it took a half a day to upload a single high resolution photo to the Internet.

Just some thoughts I though I would share.