I was recently challenged again from Acts 4:13 NIV “When they(the rulers, elders and teachers of the law) saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
How do we ‘be with Jesus’ today so that we can have that same courage and wisdom as Peter and John?
I recently read the well-known book “The Practice of the Presence of God” which is a series of conversations, letters and biography of Brother Lawrence a Carmelite monk. He claimed to have learnt how to remain in the presence of God. “All we have to do is to recognize God as being intimately present within us. Then we may speak directly to Him every time we need to ask for help, to know His will in moments of uncertainty, and to do whatever He wants us to do in a way that pleases Him. We should offer our work to Him before we begin and thank Him afterward for the privilege of having done it for His sake. This continuous conversation should also include praising and loving God incessantly for His infinite goodness and perfection.”
Last week I listened to a sermon where the pastor stated that “intimacy with God is a growing awareness of how close He is – the fruit is: that we live with a greater consciousness of God.”
For me, prayer reminds me that I am not alone: that One far greater is with me everywhere, all the time. That I don’t need to be or have the answer to everyone’s problems but I can hand them straight over to a loving, all-knowing, all-powerful God. And when I mess up, if I am constantly aware of God’s presence, I can ask for forgiveness and move on. Yes, there is strength and freedom to be found in prayer!
- Article by Maree, a Tranzsend worker in South East Asia