“Prayer in the Hebrew Bible is an evolving means of interacting with God, most frequently through a spontaneous, individual, unorganized form of petitioning and/or offering thanksgiving.” (Wikipedia, 2021)
More than once I have heard someone say, “I hope no one asks me to pray; I am not very good at it”.
I understand stage freight and I understand the feeling of not being prepared but I have learned that there is nothing to fear when it comes to us praying, either when we are alone or if we are asked to pray in a public setting.
I believe, by grace, God hears each prayer that is uttered. I also believe there are things in our lives, as Scripture teaches, that can hinder our prayers, yet we are no longer held to the measure of the Law which caused us to be separated from God’s presence. Because of God’s grace, we all have direct access to the Father through His son, who freely gave His life for us, therefore giving us the freedom to speak with Him directly. Furthermore, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7) My advice: Do not let fear stop you from praying just because you think you are not eloquent enough for God’s ears to hear you.
Where does scripture tell us that our words must be poetry? Why do we think that our heavenly Father’s time will be wasted if our words are not perfect enough?
As a mother, it would break my heart into a million pieces if my children stopped speaking to me because they believed their words were imperfect. I can only imagine how God’s heart must break when His children will not speak to Him because they feel their words are not good enough.
Remember this: God has withheld nothing from us. Long before we were even born, He loved us. He will not turn you away because your words are not perfect. When He looks at you, He sees His child. He gave His best for you.
Prayer is simply talking to God. We have many conversations each day. Why allow the fear of not being good enough keep us from conversing with our heavenly Father? He is, after all, the One who created you. He promises to provide all that you have need of, and He cannot lie. He can deliver you out of the hands of destruction, darkness, and straight from the evil one. And He wants to hear from you. He is extending His ear to you right now in this very moment. He offers you a place at His table. He says to you now, “Come, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18)
Prayer is not just for church. Prayer is not just for those who are good with words. Prayer is a gift from God. To be able to speak directly to the Almighty is monumental. Do not let fear of not being good enough keep you from entering the most important relationship you ever have and do not let fear keep you from talking to the One who gave everything to have that relationship with you.
Maya Angelou once said, "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." This statement resonates with me. My past experiences have made me a stronger person eager to use my story to inspire and help others see that regardless of who they are or where they have been, there is always hope and to know the ability to rise above circumstances lies within.
Each day, I strive to walk in faith and hope surrounded by my family and friends' love and encouragement. I am blessed to have a life full of experiences, some good, some bad, and my ambition is to use those experiences to enrich those around me. I am a local business owner and church Executive Assistant in Highland, Arkansas. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and student.
My passion is to help those in need who are ready and willing to do the necessary work it takes to help themselves. Assisting individuals who have experienced trauma, loss, stress, grief, and various life changes are the drive behind attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University to obtain my associate degree in Human Services. I plan to further my education in this field by getting my bachelor's degree in behavioral health. I hope to use my experiences and knowledge to encourage, strengthen, and facilitate assistance to those who are in need.
I am also working alongside my husband in the community as an Automotive Collision Repair Facility owner. It has been a great privilege to assist my husband in pursuing his lifelong dream. We enjoy our work together, and it is an exciting experience for me to learn his field of expertise and engage with so many phenomenal people in our area.
I am a fun-loving individual who thrives on living life and pursuing dreams! I am an avid chess player, a lover of all things feline, and a big fan of essential oils! At the age of 50, I decided to return to school to earn my GED. Since then, I have become a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a Notary Public. I have completed credentials for ministry, became a certified grant writer, trained in hospital chaplaincy, and certified in Christ-Centered leadership. Additionally, I am a member of the North American Christian Social Workers Association (NACSW), where I have been trained in "The Role of Christian Faith and Spirituality in the Grieving Process" and "Suicide Prevention for Christians in Social Work." I am an active member of the Spring River Chamber of Commerce and the Spring River Car Club.
My faith is a huge part of my desire and passion for helping others. I strive to always be, as Christ, a light in this world and in the lives of others. In John 8:12, Jesus says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." I endeavor to help others see the light in the darkness.
About Beautiful Feet:
Romans 10:15 (NIV)
And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
"For every circumstance and season of life, God has promises that offer direction, peace, perspective and wisdom. "Bible Promises for You" is a collection of promises taken from the New International Version of the Bible and is categorized by topic for easy reference."
God led Jimmy and Pam Fair, in 2015, to partner with Highland Assembly of God, to GIVE Bible Promise Books, Devotionals, and Bibles to anyone who needs direction, peace, perspective, and wisdom.
Contact Highland Assembly or Pam Fair for more information.