Through both the sacred scriptures and the works of biblical scholars, it has been noted that prayer is an expressed form of communication. Although prayer is primarily attributed to communication with God and Christ Jesus, it is also attributed to the continual work and partnership with the Holy Spirit. In essence, communication in the form of prayer is not limited to the bounds of emotions or cognition, but it entails the engagement of the spirit of a person's soul; especially in the exercise of intercessory prayer.
In my life, I have often heard about "righteous" people doing well in life and living with success. Yet I have also heard of people who have strived to live a life of "righteousness" and have found it to be full of challenges and hardship, never quite experiencing "doing well" or "living with success". However, in God's Word, I found chapter 34 from the Book of Psalms, where David is found seeking after the Lord God and crying out to Him about the troubles and affliction he is facing; the Lord God hears him and both saves and delivers from all of them.
Christianity holds reach roots in Judaism. There are many Jewish customs that are grounded in the “Torah” (Law of God, as revealed to Moses), yet others have risen as traditions of mankind; many have been instituted by religious leaders. The use of Tzitzit and Tallit is one of them.
To those of us who are called-out by God, it is easy to say, "I will pray for you." or "I'll keep you in prayer.". We tend to speak these words with peace and assurance, and they bring comfort to the hearts of those who listen to them. However, little is it known by many of the listeners, that these words carry a greater weight than the words themselves can bare.
One of the most amazing things that I have enjoyed about conversing with God has been how He has spoken to me through means of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has spoken to me through both bringing cohesive thoughts to my mind as well as using my voice to audibly speak to me. He has used scripture, songs, and at times, addressed me directly by name. It has been a moment of awe that has overwhelmed me, and at times arrested me in the moment.
I am amazed at the ease a person is granted in speaking to people. However, the challenge arises in having the people listen to what they have to share. It is hard to find a person who is willing to hear you; even harder to have them listen to what you have to share with them. I perceive that there are times when God may go through a similar experience.
Many people are familiar with the exercise of prayer. Some have studied and learned written prayers. Other people have prayed for others in times of need. Yet others, have used prayer as a means by which to maintain an active relationship with God. Let us look at Hannah's prayer and learn more about the extent to which she exercised the act of prayer in seeking God.
I have heard it said that a person does not know how much they miss someone until they are no longer there. Such may be the case when someone takes a trip for an extended length of time, someone moves to a far away place, or even passes away. In my case it has been the first case.
Everyone in the world has their limitations. They have the ability to push themselves to extremes and even further through God's empowerment with the Holy Spirit. Yet, there are times when they may perceive themselves as being in a spiritual desert. A desert where perhaps God no longer hears their cry.
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