Prayer and Bible study always seemed to me a near daily formal “30 to 60 minutes quiet time.” And that has been helpful to me.
But of late I’ve seen the significance of consistent and constant communication with the Father. It isn’t a very long prayer. In fact it is only two words, broken by space between. “Help” is the one word half. This one word typifies not only asking people for help, but it is what I beg God for throughout the day.
· If I see a challenging situation where I may fall – “Help.” I haven’t broken any bones lately, but falls do hurt!
· During the actual fall, there is a split second when two or three “Helps” are discharged. As I hit the ground there is usually a second half of the prayer: “Thanks! I just missed that nail sticking up out of that board. Thanks, Father.” Or, “Thanks. That hurt. But I can’t feel anything broken.”
· It may be 1 a.m. and I’m stuck between my walker and recliner (like last night). Have been trying to free myself for a couple hours. Can’t. ”Help, God “ hasn’t brought any results. Either God is not listening or gone on lunch break, or He says, “Ray, learn from this. Kill any pride you are carrying and call your wife for her help. I know your thoughts are ‘you don’t want to disturb her sleep’ but she can go right back to sleep.’” A very loud, ”Theresa, help,” brings her from the other end of our home. She untangles my feet from the over-turned walker and my catheter cord that is wrapped around my leg. I quickly become disentangled. A little more pride crucified.
God is definitely chipping away all that fleshly pride and “self” in me and He is conforming me to the likeness of His Son. . I received from Him a better gift than what I had asked for.
“Help” and “thanks.” Prayer simplified