Reaching

How is your life of prayer these days?

Have you learned to talk with God about everything? Or have you just been living out your days oblivious to the One who loves you most and holds your future, in fact, your forever in His able hands?

As I read through the psalms of David, I notice he prayed. He didn’t pray once in awhile, but all the time. I have a new appreciation for his intimate relationship with the Lord. So I am challenged to cultivate a new and deeper walk of prayer, praying continually, about everything.

I had just arrived to Glacier National Park in Montana, preparing for a fantastic week’s Photo Shoot with Nikon Legend, Bill Fortney’s His Light Workshops. And I was trying to find the shore of Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park. I took a wrong turn and ended up in a parking lot. I saw this amazing grove of trees, all of them reaching up toward the sky. And when I think of prayer, I believe it is how we reach up to our Lord, and cry out for His help every moment of every day.

David prayed to God this way,

Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me; redeem me because of my foes.
Psalm 69:17-18

David prayed and God answered. How do we know? David tells us. He wrote — The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people (Psalm 69:33). This promise drives us to pray all the time. Prayer is an intimate ongoing relationship with God that is nurtured and cultivated through specific times alone with Him. Learn the lesson from the trees of reaching up to God continually in prayer, and spend much time alone with Him. You will bask more and more in the light of the goodness of His love and His great mercy. Your heart will rest in His peace as a result. Oh the peace of God is like a haven in the storms of life. The wind may rage at times, but our heart can rest in the Lord in turbulent times. How is that possible? By learning to reach up to God, again and again, spending quiet time alone with Him.

I love using The PRAYER Quiet Time Plan – Prepare Your Heart, Read and Study God’s Word, Adore God in Prayer, Yield Yourself to God, Enjoy His Presence, and Rest in His Love. The Lord gave me this plan for my quiet time many years ago and I find that it helps me to answer His invitation to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). If you want more encouragement in using this plan in your quiet time, you might get one of the Quiet Time Studies, like A Heart That Hopes in God, Run Before the Wind, or Passionate Prayer. Use these quiet times to draw near to God and reach up to Him.

So today, dear friend, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, grab your Bible, find a quiet place, and reach up to God in prayer.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Reaching For The Sky
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  • Description: View of the tall trees near the shore of Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 09/14/13
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon 12-24 mm.
  • Photoshoot: Bill Fortney’s His Light Workshops PhotoShoot in Glacier National Park, Montana.
  • Post-Processing: Photoshop, Nik Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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