Ready or Not

Two men were passing through a field in the country when they were charged by a bull. They ran desperately for the fence. It was soon clear to them that they would not make it to the other side and out of the danger bearing down on them. One called out  to the other, “Pray, Jim, pray or we are in for it!”

“I can’t,” he hollered, “I have never made a public prayer in my life!”

“But you have to,” John replied, “the bull is coming. Pray, Jim, Pray!”

“Okay, I give you the only prayer I know, cried Jim, “O, Lord for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful.”

Prayer should always be our first response to adversity.

Many times we wait until we have tried every avenue. We do not stop until we have exhausted all of our own resources before we run to the one who has answers to all our questions. He is our help in time of need.

I heard a lady give a testimony in church several years ago. She had a physical infirmity, and she went from doctor to doctor with no results. “I have tried everything else, so I guess I’ll try God.

 The woman in the Bible with the issue of blood (Mark 55:27-34) came to Jesus as soon as she heard about him. (verse 27)  She had struggled with her problem for 12 years, but she knew who would be the answer to her prayers. The difference between the woman above and the woman with the issue of blood was the faith involved. Mark 5:28 reads, “For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” Jesus also refers to her faith in verse 34, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole;” 

This is just one example. Prayer is our resource in large life problems and in small ones also. I think God wants us to pray about all things. Why else would he say in 1Thessalonias 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”  Or  in James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  So I am going to pray. In big things and in small things, I will Pray, Pray, Pray!

I want to have as much practice as possible so when I am being charged at by something bigger than I am, I will know exactly how to pray!

14 thoughts on “Ready or Not

  1. I don’t want this to sound dumb 😕 but , I have always wondered about , that woman, with the issue of blood, just what does that mean, was she a bleeder, or what? 😕

  2. I talk to God every day because I know that in the last 5 years ,by turning to Him that he has answered many times when the pain was so great? I pray and thank Him every day for my blessings and the priveledge to at least be able to walk around a little with my cane or my walker? Blessings and see you at church sunday! Ron.

  3. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words or to know the real need but even in this, God’s provision made sure He would hear every one of them.

    Romans 8:26
    Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

    God’s Grace.

  4. Janice, there are many thoughts out there on this. It is possible that she had some female problem that caused this issue.

    Jadasgigi, I’m with you! Thanks for stopping by.

    Ron, I am so glad the Lord has blessed you. He blesses me so much more than I deserve. See you Sunday. 🙂

    Corry, You are right. Sometimes it is hard to find the right words. I am glad we have the Holy Spirit to interceed for us, and to know God hears and answeres our prayers. He is a great God.
    Hope you have a great weekend too.

  5. Hi Amy, ok, can I just say lol with your introduction story. too funny!

    You know, you reminded me of one of the most challenging , and yet, one of the most rewarding verse in the Bible:

    “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1Th 5:18

    Thank you for another beautiful post.

    In Christ,

  6. Sarah, I am so glad you got a good chuckle. I agree with the challenge/reward aspect of 1 Thess. 5:18. Thank you so much for all your comments. It has been a pleasure getting to know you here and through your blog as well.

  7. Amen, God is in control and He is the only one who can fix me or the thing I am concerned about. There’s an old song that says something like this….. He’s my doctor in a sick room, He’s my lawyer in the court room, He made a way out of no way, He’s the heart mender and the mind regulator. I can’t remember the rest, but the jest of it is He made me and He can fix whatever comes along.

  8. Andrea, great quote. Glad you came by.

    Dana, What a wonderful song. I would love to hear all of it. God is in control even when I feel out of control. I am so glad he holds tomorrow and my hand. I hope things have been going better for you.

  9. A good reminder, too, in helping other people… I find myself saying at times, “There’s nothing I can do but pray for them.” While that is true at times, it makes it sound like praying isn’t as good as actually being able to physically DO something… How wrong that is! Praying is the first and best thing I can do!

  10. ByHisGrace, I think more would be accomplished if we would talk to God about a person before we talk to that person about God. Praying for others should be our first response.

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