A Word from... Marilyn Boyd, 1st Grade Teacher

Marilyn Boyd
Prayer. When you hear that word, what comes to your mind?  For some, immediate guilt assuages you as you think you need to do more. For some, dismissal forms rooted in past disappointments as you think “why bother?” For some, a smile lights up your countenance as you remember your last encounter with God. Laying those feelings aside for a moment, let’s look at prayer as a conversation with the Lord.
Prayer. When you hear that word, what comes to your mind?  For some, immediate guilt assuages you as you think you need to do more. For some, dismissal forms rooted in past disappointments as you think “why bother?” For some, a smile lights up your countenance as you remember your last encounter with God. Laying those feelings aside for a moment, let’s look at prayer as a conversation with the Lord.
 
We were created to glorify God and fellowship with Him. Fellowship requires spending time with the person you want to get to know. Whoever receives your best quality of time usually becomes your closest friend. We often think that a one time decision to follow Jesus means we have a relationship with Him, but just as it is true with our friends, that decision only begins the journey of getting to know Him.
 
The disciples spent three years with Jesus and although He showed them many things, there was only one thing they asked to be taught. They asked “Lord, teach us to pray.” The Lord’s prayer delivers us a guide or outline to speak to God.  We begin by acknowledging God’s greatness, His power and His glory!
 
Our First Graders learn to worship the Lord by starting every day with hymns of praise and adoration. This ushers in the presence of God.  How do we know God is present? We know because Psalm 22:3 says He inhabits the praises of His people.  The students then pray unabashedly for God to heal, to comfort, to provide and to give precious gifts. It is such a privilege to hear these prayers and watch God answer them.
 
I am confident if we begin prayer with worship, we will usher in God’s presence and the conversation will not be a list of prayer requests, but a dialogue between us and Jesus. He longs to hear your ideas as you long to hear His. In this way we may grow more confident that we are communing with the lover of our souls.
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