I used the excuse that I was just a more private person, but as time has gone by, I now know
it was just because I was uncomfortable.
Uncomfortable with praying in public. With people watching me. Standing out.
Again, the person always afraid of what other people thought.
As time has gone by and as I have grown in my relationship with Christ, prayer in public has also grown.
To me, I no longer worry about saying the right words or sounding "good" because, to me, Im praying to my Father.
The words that I tried so hard to come up with before, flow easily as I commune with Him.
Now, at the dinner table, I love to hold my childrens hands as we connect as one.
As I feel their soft hands in mine, I have the ever more desire to instill in them a love for Christ as I have.
To show them the value of prayer..of not being afraid to pray with others watching.
As I read Luke this morning, I could see the agony in Peter as he saw that he had denied his Savior.
He must have been rather like me in a way, struggling with the acceptance of others around him and also the fear of what would happen.
We are all Peters in a way, quick to jump and deny knowledge of our Lord. In the presence of many nonbelievers, we can find it difficult to
stand alone. To praise God...even if it means being hated.
This is what we face today. The challenge of just praying out in public. It has become rather a rare thing to see a family hold hands
at a dinner table, reverance for their Father.
I challenge you to start. For it may be difficult the first few times, but the more and more you pray and stand proud for your Lord, the easier it gets.
The more you talk about Him, the happier you become. Its not just something for you, but in the end, it will affect the others around you.
They, too, will want to have that connection that you have.
For just like Peter, the more he shared, the easier it was to deny self, and not worry so much of the future.
He grew so much after that day...why dont we.
The Lord says, “Look, my servant will succeed in what he has to do, and he will be raised to a position of high honor. It is true that many were shocked when they saw him. He was beaten so badly that he no longer looked like a man. But it is also true that many nations will be amazed at him. Kings will look at him and be unable to speak. They will see what they had never been told. They will understand what they had never heard.”
But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Then the Lord turned and looked into Peter’s eyes. And Peter remembered what the Lord had said, “Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” Then Peter went outside and cried bitterly.
Apple a Day
2 Green apples(sweet)
1 cup broccoli
1 cup kale
2 cups ice(I used my green tea ice cubes)
1/2 cup almond/soy milk
1/2 cup greek yogurt
blend and enjoy!