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Sunday thoughts (prayer)

Written by Sue, Sunday, July 8, 2018         Absolutely beautiful, nice and warm, temps.80

Very seldom do we get days this time of year with low humidity, and  temperatures in the 80's.
Yesterday was the beginning of such blessings which will take us through Wednesday! I am so enjoying this break as we have had an extremely hot spring and now an even hotter summer. When you have to work outside in extreme conditions like we have had, it can take a toll on your body. Last week as I was walking (very early), I really began to pray in earnest about our weather and asking for some rain and relief from the heat, which brings me to my thoughts for today.

Colossians 4:2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

(My walk this morning was later, because of the cool temps., enjoyed it so much.)

(Always fun to stop and talk with the donkeys.)

 I recently read in my devotional about prayer and how we should pray, the writer made the point that there was a big difference between general prayers, and specific prayers, and that most times people pray general prayers, he emphasized the importance of specific prayers. I thought long and hard about this, and asked myself, 'how many times did I pray general prayers,' such as 'God bless so and so', I decided that I would begin to pray more specific prayers when praying for family, friends, or someone, our country, our president.

(Stopped to take some photos of the flower garden.)
I also wondered as to why general prayers are prayed more often than specific prayers, the reason I believe, is, it takes more time. We live in such a hurry up world today, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to complete all that needs to be done.
(Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers.)
Since this devotion, I have found that my prayer life has become more meaningful, and that I am really thinking more intently about people's need and situations, I can pray anytime and anywhere, God never sleeps and His ears are always tuned to our voices. How awesome is this!!!!

I hope you are having a great Sunday,


Patsy said...

Hello Sue
It has been a while that I have commented with you,
thinking all is well with you and family.
Thanks for reminding us the value of prayer,
I try to do better with a contentedly state of prayer as
I go through the day.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

There you are ! I've been waiting for you to post again......amen to all this!

Vee said...

Hi! I think we tend to pray general prayers because we don’t know quite how to pray. Speaking of which, is there anything specific that I can pray for you? So glad that you have the gift of glorious summer days just as an idyllic summer should be.

Billie Jo said...

Hello again!
Thank you for the inspiration this Sunday evening.
We too are enjoying some much appreciated cooler weather.
Here in PA, the past two days have been glorious!!!

Christine said...

You have made me stop and think about my prayer life. What is the name of the book?
Enjoyed my visit to the Farm!

happyone said...

So nice to see a post from you.
Our Pastor is always telling us to pray for specific things and I've been trying to do that.
I pray during my early morning walks.
Glad you have been having such nice weather. We don't get those real hot summers here in western Maryland. Summers here are like one long spring.

Farm Girl said...

What a beautiful walk and it is so true. I have done a Bible Study this summer with a group of ladies and praying specifically has been what we have done. Week by week, the answers have been life changing. Praying for the weather is always good.
I am always so happy to see it when you give us a update. I hope you are not working as hard as you have is years past.
Blessings to you.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Sue,
So good to see you post. This was such a good postand I think so very true. I so agree about the specific prayers, and if we think about it....
it is a great way to know if your prayers were answered as well, and when we hear someone
say such and such happened and it was exactly what we prayed for..........it just spurs
us on to pray more.........and is such an encouragement to be reminded that God is a prayer
hearing and a prayer answering God.......
Prayer is such a priviledge and a very needed asset.

Glad you got a lil respite from the heat.....it has been very hot here too, but we have
gotten so much rain this year we are wondering if we still live in Florida.....lol

Take care sweet friend,
Blessings, Nellie

Sandi said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful prayers! You inspired me. I just said some specific ones myself. Thanks for the encouragement!

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