Welcome again to this week's word for the week. You have to learn how to pray. Now for many of you reading this your first thought will be that you already know how to pray. Do you? Now if you know me then you know that question is going to be coming from a perspective that you probably have not thought about. But if you really give it some thought then you will clearly understand the point this week.
We know we need to pray. We know that we don't always know what to pray. We know that we have the Holy Spirit that will make intercession for us when we don't have the words to pray. We know that God hears us when we pray. We also know we don't always pray like we should. I'm not talking about not praying in terms of how often you do so. You can pray several times a day and still be missing the things you really need to address. It's much easier than we think. However, there is more to this week's word than just that and that in no means takes away from the point.
When I say we have to learn how to pray I am talking about it from a circumstance point of view. When things don't go right you have to learn how to pray. You have to learn how to pray when you get a doctor's report you don't like. You have to learn how to pray when people come against you. You have to learn how to pray on your job. You have to learn how to pray with circumstances you face. You have to learn how to pray for your family and loved ones. You have to learn how to pray just to stay saved. You have to learn how to pray.
What I mean by that statement this week is that you have to learn how to look beyond what's in front of you if you plan on praying to God who is above you. The things in front of you are temporary and they are subject to change at any given moment. God has declared in His word that He does not change. You have to learn how to see the outcome when the problem is in front of you. You have to learn to rely on God to not always turn your troubles around while He is still being God. You have to learn how to pray when it hurts, when you want to cry, when you want to scream, when you want to run, and when you want to get away from it all. You have to learn how to pray.
You have to learn how to stand still and still pray. You have to trust God more than anything else. You have to learn how to believe that what you prayed is coming to pass. You have to learn how to receive it as being done long before you actually see it as being done. You have to learn how to pray. You have to learn when to say yes and not feel guilty when you need to say no. You have to learn how to simply believe that God will truly get the glory after this story. You learn all of these things when you find yourself in them. So though the weight of your burdens may feel heavy at the moment, always remember that whatever you were facing it was because God already knew you could handle it. So, learn how to pray!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon