Fence Post of Faith for May

 

April showers, brings May Flowers.  I think of May as the beginning of a lot of things in our lives, Local open rodeos start, barrel races, all that fence work that you had put off for good weather needs mending. The grass turns green; not to mention mowed, school gets out, kids graduate from high school and from college.  May is an action packed month to say the least, In May we are thankful for many things.  With all that said, we probably need to pray a little more.

 

   Did you know that May 1 is National Day of Prayer?

But shouldn’t everyday be a day of Prayer?   I was reading an article from Focus on the Family, called “ A Reminder To PRAY”.  The writer said that as a wife and mother, juggling home, school, part-time work and active roles in her church and community, she found it hard to pray once a day.   She goes on to say that she realizes that her busy schedule interferes with her nurturing relationships.   So acting upon her love for her family and God it becomes a deliberate choice.  But the bible encourages her and us to continually be faithful in prayer.  1st Thessalonians 5:17 says: Pray without ceasing, Romans 12:12 says:  Rejoicing in Hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in Prayer.

 

   When I think about prayer I think of  Luke 11:1 Now it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased that one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” This is a great scripture, actually break out your bible and read verses 1-13.  Continual prayer is not about reaching a higher spiritual plane; it is an attitude of the heart and a lifestyle of Loving God.  When I was young my parents always made sure we got on our knees and said our prayer before we went to bed.  I did the same with my kids also, it’s cute to watch them pray, but somewhere along the line we got older and quit. As adults we seem to want to pray after the fact.  When in reality we should have never stopped.  When we hear about a tragedy about a friend or some event that has happened, we always say, I’ll keep them in our prayers.   But do we really pray for their well-being?  Do we really take the time and pray and give it to God?  We should, we need to find a time to pray, one person said we should pray before we get out of bed, some say in a quite moment at the breakfast table, some say we should pray before we go to bed.  A good prayer verse to remember is Phil. 4:6 “ Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

  I don’t think there is any wrong time to pray, we just need to do it a little bit more often. My Grandson Owen had surgery on his skull when he was 2 months old. I put him on the prayer list at our church. When they took Owen to surgery, I could tell that my daughter was worried, and starting to cry, so I said lets pray. All 6 of us stood in a circle and held hands and prayed for Owen.    It is powerful when we can pray together and pray for someone.  Owen came thru the surgery great. And I’m thankful to God for that. The power of  Prayer is great!!!.  Life’s problems push us out of our safe zone, but prayer puts us into the Faith Zone.

In closing, just remember there is never a bad time for prayer, Prayer has the power to change lives, Prayer helps us balance what’s in our head and what’s in our hearts.

I hope to do a Cowboy Church Service at Waterloo Barrelbash June 1, and like I said, if there is anyone who wants to do a cowboy church service or has a faith story to tell please email at

jk _ metcalf@hotmail.com , I would love to here from you.

 

PS: Hope everyone made it back from the BBR finals, this was our fourth year attending, and yes we fell between the cracks again, but there is always next year. This year they had church services every day starting on Thursday.  Thursday’s service was given by Karen Brown, Fri. service was given by NFR Barrel racer Tana Poppino, and Sat. Service was by Shala, I don’t remember her last name but I will not forget her beautiful voice, and they saved the best for last Theresa Ray of T-Ray ministries.  It was great to listen to someone with so much love for God in her heart.  Cowboy Ministries are growing everywhere!!!

 

Please remember to Pray for our Country.

Adios Jeff