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Someone asked the question, “When and how do you pray?” And it reminded me of this devotional…


There is another prayer

I used to say that I had to be in the “mood” to write… maybe that meant that I had to be “inspired” to write.


Maybe, I needed to be in God’s presence to write (although I didn’t know it at the time…) Perhaps now, I need to be in God’s presence to really pray.


“God is Omnipresent,” you say. “He’s everywhere. We’re always in His presence.” And maybe we are – but is He in ours?


Every time my mind is “still” (if even for the briefest of moments) my thoughts turn to prayer. I say “Thank You” or “Praise You” or I lift up a name that’s on my heart.


But, is that really prayer?


“Yes it is,” I argue. And I am right; it is a type of prayer. It is, what I call, “a prayer of aware-ance.” I am continually “aware” of the presence of God. But, in this prayer, “I” set the tone and “I” set the time. And I tell God, “Here I am! Let’s talk now.” And then I tell God when I’m finished, and I close the door and get on with “life.”


But… there is another prayer.


And that is the prayer of immersion – where (most times unexpectedly) I feel myself engulfed, surrounded, enshrouded by His Presence. Where God doesn’t just poke His Head into my world, but instead, I am “allowed” entrance into His Court.


It’s like a fog slowly rolling in. At first, you barely “see” it. And then before your mind fully comprehends what is happening, you are embraced with such wonder that first catches your breath, and then makes you want to breathe deeply, and be filled as completely within by His Aura, as you are enveloped without, by His Arms.


At times like these you want to cry out, “Oh God! What an awesome gift of Your Love. Thank You for tearing that curtain down!”


Do we really realize what a privilege we have been given? No, I don’t think we do. At least, not very often…


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I heard the cutest song the other day. You can hear it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLNBCYR0hG0

The song is so catchy that if you listen to it – you’ll be singing it all day!


The words go “Can He? Could He? Would He? Did He? CanHe/CouldHe/WouldHe/YES! Hecan/Hecould/Hewould/and He did! (Try singing that three times fast!)


Anyway… I thought of that song this morning as I was praying and thanking God for His hand of mercy yesterday as He saved me from having a wreck. I was distracted by vehicles in the oncoming lane and suddenly my head was jerked (just like Someone jerked it) back around facing forward just in time to see the car in front of me slowing to turn to the right! I slammed on my brakes and, Whew! Thank You, Lord!


As I was praying/thinking, I thought about God’s actual hand of mercy. Did I literally think His hand turned my head around? Well… I know He can because all things are possible for God. I know He could because He is Omnipresent and was there. I know He would because He loves and protects His children. But the question remains, do I believe that He actually did?


In all of our circumstances we believe that He can, He could, and He would intervene, but why is it so hard for us to believe that He does?


The more I thought and prayed and meditated on that concept, the more I came to realize that I had to surrender to the actuality that God DOES act on our behalf – even to the point of turning my head around just in time.


Now, do I think that the hand of God literally turned my head around?


Yes I do! CanHe/CouldHe/WouldHe/YES! Hecan/Hecould/Hewould/and…

I believe that He did!



Look for God’s hand to intervene in your life today and everyday. He can, you know

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