Think About It



We all know that breathing is essential to stay alive. Praying is also essential to stay spiritually alive.

Prayer time is not always easy for us. Sometimes we find it very difficult to make time to pray as we should.

In Luke 11:1 the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” First, Jesus told them how not to pray. He said in Matthew 6:5, “Do not pray like the hypocrites.”

He told them they should talk to God from their heart. He reminded them that God would help them in their time of need just like He will help us in our times of need.
“The Lord is nigh to all them that call upon Him; to all that call upon Him in truth” [Psalm 145:18].

Jesus taught us to address God as our heavenly Father. He is our father, and he cares about our needs and our many heartaches and sorrows. We don’t start our prayers by sharing our needs first. We begin our prayer time by praising God and expressing our love to Him.

When we begin by saying, “Our Father,” we acknowledge the fact that we are His children, and we are asking Him for His help in meeting our needs.

I can’t imagine what I would do if I could not call upon God in my times of need. Who would I ask to help me through those times? When times of crisis come such as death, illness, defeat, and more, who do I call upon? Only God can answer my prayers.

Whatever you do, don’t fail to call upon God in prayer daily. Don’t wait until the bottom falls out of life before you learn to pray. Keep an up-to-date prayer relationship with God at all times.

“Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; to him who knocks, the door will be opened” [Matthew 7:7-8].

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” [Psalm 66:18].



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George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio.



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