A Few Thoughts on Prayer – and something to pray for

Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:22-24

God answers prayers.

This is a huge encouragement at this time of year; I have a speaking exam (which I’m terrified about) on Thursday, and less than two weeks later, actual exams start. To be fair, I’m less worried about those than I am the speaking, mostly because they don’t involve a 3-4 minute presentation and 6-7 minutes of questions with the module tutors. In a way, I far preferred A Level speaking exams done with complete and utter strangers.

At the end of the day, this exam is a small proportion of 1 module (out of a total of 6 this year). And whilst I’m terrified for it, I know I can get through it. By half twelve on Thursday I can start to focus on the weekend. But first I have to do it.

In order to do it, I need to be prepared. Both “physically”, having sorted out my presentation and watched the video enough to be able to answer the questions, and mentally, so I’ll have the confidence to speak to the best of my ability. But throughout all this time of preparation and exam, I need to be praying.

Prayer is one of the most important parts of my life as a Christian. To be able to talk to God about anything and everything, my worries and fears, my hopes for the future, my joys and prayers of thanks, my apologies when I inevitably screw up.

It is such a huge comfort, and such a huge encouragement, to know that God is there, and He will listen to and answer all of my prayers. Most of which right now are for support, comfort, and calm nerves!

Amazing views

Through his power all things were made—things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ.” – Colossians 1:16

God’s creation is so beautiful.

I was, regrettably, up all night last night. I had two assignments due in, and whilst I had done enough so that it wasn’t stressed, I needed the time. I managed to use that time well, and by sunrise, my work was pretty much complete, with 7 hours to go. Thus I was given the wonderful opportunity to watch the sunrise.

I don’t tend to appreciate God’s creation that much. I often find myself bogged down in work, in a vague attempt at a social life, or just not in the mood. But this morning was different, for some reason. The gradually brightening horizon, the black silhouettes of the trees against the rich deep blue of the sky, which melted into orange as the sun peeked above the buildings opposite and filled the room with light.

OK, so that was maybe a little *too* descriptive. But no matter. I was stood in my room watching it, with an admiration for what God can do. And in the bright morning sunshine later on, everything seemed special.

I hope to become more appreciative of creation – God created everything through and for Jesus. That’s got to mean something to me. What it means to me is that whether there’s golden sunshine or a quagmire outside my window, I can praise God for it; it is still His creation and it is still incredibly beautiful.

Just a final thought: God, who created everything – everything – in heaven and on earth, created and cares for me. That’s pretty amazing, no matter what the weather 🙂