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In our community groups here in the Twin Cities we are discussing prayer. I wanted to share some things that are on our blogsite for the groups from Dan & Abby.

PRAYER – A conscious realization of a personal intimate relationship with a holy, omnipotent God. — Dr. Jim King

A CONSCIOUS
(never stopping, always existing, 24/7)

REALIZATION
(knowledge of, awareness, continuing road sign, eternal knot of the finger)

of a PERSONAL
(all yours, not based on anyone else)

INTIMATE
(“unknown” to anyone else, deeper than normal, tell Him things you don’t tell others)

RELATIONSHIP
(father to son, king to servant, deeper than normal, tell Him things you don’t tell others)

with a HOLY
(separate, set apart, more pure than you could imagine)

OMNIPOTENT
(all powerful, bigger than impossibilities, greater than problems, more than enough for the unknown)

GOD
(Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Lion of Judah, and I AM that I AM, BE)

— Dan

The past couple of days have been a little rough for me. I’ve struggled through a high fever, and other unpleasant symptoms. You know the feeling. My fever was so high all I could do was lie in bed, either shivering and shaking with a cold sweat, or roasting because I was so hot. It’s the first time I have been that sick with a fever in a long time. It’s actually the first time I have been that sick while living away from my family. My mom was not here to take care of me. I was alone most of the time. (Side note: when Lisa was home, she was an extremely wonderful “mom” for me!)

Yes, it was miserable, but no, I didn’t feel alone. Why? Because I have 24-7 access to a personal, intimate, holy, omnipotent God. God never left my side the entire time. I had some freaky dreams, horrible flashbacks to painful times in my life, and was in physical pain at times. You know what I did? I cried out to my Father. I knew he was there with me, so I asked him to guard my heart and mind, and to heal my body. He was there watching over me, taking care of me, listening to me, and sitting right next to me. I also listened to his voice.

You don’t have to be sick to have this kind of personal communication with your Father. For me, it was a comfort because I was sick, but God is there during your happiest moments, and every day moments, and boring moments, and…well, he’s there no matter what the case! How would your relationship change, if you talked to God and thought of him in this way? Try it, and I promise you, you will never be the same.

— Abs

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