by Judy Webb
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
This Psalm reminds me of the VBS song “First You Pray.” The song teaches us that before we do anything, before we try something new or attempt to move mountains, one must always turn to God and pray about it. We accomplish nothing of value without asking God to be a part of the undertaking. Prayer is the secret sauce, the one ingredient any believer must add to his or her daily undertaking. This sauce will add flavor and consistency to any life.
First you pray, applies to trivial things too, for are not our lives filled with many more of these small and mundane things than the huge and seemingly insurmountable? When I first pray, I am amazed at the power and presence of God in my everyday life. He cares about those things We encounter daily, those things that comprise most of our comings and goings. When I look back over my journal entries for the past month, I note all the times and ways prayers were answered.
Turning our concerns and worries over to he One who can make a difference brings peace. And, oh how we benefit when we are in the habit of giving God those massive things: the health scares, financial failings, and relationship troubles.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. (Psalm127:1)
During the days preceding my husband’s death I relied on prayer to get me through each day. And when I look back at those 77 days, I am amazed and so blessed to realize all the ways that God was with me and with him. The stories of friends who visited and prayed, the lessons God provided to a frightened family. When God is in the midst of all things, easy or difficult, there is joy, peace, and hope. Inviting God into our lives everyday makes it a day worth living and remembering.
‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ Says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)
Father, teach us to pray everyday. Give us the wisdom to recognize the importance of taking everything to you in prayer. Show us how you care and bless us when we move forward in your Word. Amen.