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A devotion and prayer — “Cornelius answered: ‘Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me and said, “Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.” So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.’” (Acts 10:30-33, NIV)
Praying with our words and with help by God—this can happen as we allow the winds of the Holy Spirit to carry us through our prayer time. We know that sailing ships that fail to capture the wind in their sails lack the power to move forward. People who Pray who fail to capture the wind of the Holy Spirit lack the power to pray forward, so to speak. The power of the Holy Spirit’s wind is realized when God gives us a song to sing, a vision to embrace, a tear to share, a flash of golden light, or a hope to be realized. When this happens, we can sit back and allow God’s wind to direct our course. We are praying to and through God’s open windows. Open windows, like visions, just seem to come. These are windows that allow us to stick our hands out, to share a warm embrace, and share the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. This happens in our personal encounters, in our daily interactions, on our phones, and also on social media. When this happens, we have our personal spiritual story which can be shared in countless different ways. In sharing our stories, we are actually sharing God’s story. “For God so loved…..” us that we were touched and transformed, and we are being sent out to share that love and transformation. We are a part of God’s divine plan, and this is why we need to pray, and why we need to pray for others. We need to be constantly praying and learning what it means to be loved and to love one another. As we pray, let us hope that others will be touched by us and will understand what it means to be cared for and to be loved.
Dear God, Help us with our prayers. Help us with our spiritual life. There are times we need your guidance and strength. There are times we need help with our pain and suffering. You love us so much, that you gave your only Son so that we may have eternal life with you. Thank you for all your blessings you have given us today. In Jesus’ name we pray. God bless Amen
– Rev Jane Logston