Talking to God
Brenda Nail DeLauder
The little girl knelt beside her bed each night, folded her hands and prayed for her Mama, Daddy and brother, along with her beloved animals. The child grew a few years older and her prayer time continued, but her requests changed a bit. While she still prayed for her family, sometimes there was a request to make little Johnny nicer and not be so mean, or a plea for a pony. The foundation of prayer importance began in her home and when she was around ten years old, the family started gathering each night for a devotional. It was where she learned to pray for others, lifting up their needs to Jesus.
Teen years arrived and while prayers continued, they were usually said in a hurry, often throughout the day. Maybe on the way to school, especially when there was an upcoming test or a plea for a certain boy to notice her. While the prayers might have been rough around the edges, her faith was strong that God would hear them. It was probably about the time she realized prayers were not answered exactly as she hoped, but they were in fact, answered. Occasionally there was an opportunity to watch an answered prayer unfold in such a way it touched many lives. A far better answer than one could even imagine.
Life moved forward taking her through her twenties and beyond, at times without a church family, but always with Christ. The young woman knew God had to be a part of her everyday life. To go it alone without Christ was not an option she would consider. Watching people she loved turn from God, was sad. To go through hardships without God’s guidance was unimaginable.
As with everyone, there were bumps and ruts along the road she traveled, before finding a church she loved, along with a husband. Keeping her focus on Christ made the good times better and the bad times bearable. Life took on many twists and turns along the way, but with constant prayer and growing faith, each day provided a reason to call it a blessing.
Through challenges Christ is there to lift us up. Praying for God’s will to be done, takes away the fears and frustrations before us. Aging comes with aches and pains, but it also comes with, hopefully, more wisdom. We begin to realize the closer we walk with Jesus, the more bearable our trials become. Corrie ten Boom, once said, “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A person is powerful on their knees.” Not only is prayer a wonderful way to be in touch with the Holy Spirit, it brings us comfort, reassurance and hope. It gives us the opportunity to lift up praises to the Lord. Prayer gives us peace as well as strength, courage and even boldness in every part of our lives. A wise minister named Oswald Chambers said, “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on our difficulties.” Give the worries to God and leave them there.
Talk to God. Offer Him praise and thanks for all He does for us. Then take a moment to be still and listen, which is part of praying. As Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.” By including our Lord in every part of our lives, we are stepping out on faith, trusting He will be there for us.
Constant communication with our Heavenly Father enriches our lives with the glorious joy of Jesus being with us all the time. I’m so happy to have known Jesus, since I was a little girl.
Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.