Saturday, April 28, 2007

Without Prayer...I Would Be No Where

Yesterday, they closed the office early, which meant I got off work early. I love those days when unexpected blessings pour down. I work in "uptown" Charlotte and so I drove through town. When I got on the highway, I drove by the city I had just driven through. From a distance it looked so beautiful - and different.

From a distance you can't see the four or five new buildings going up, the sidewalks, the water fountains, the hotdog stands, the people. In contrast, up close you can't see the the buildings simultaneously against the back drop of the beautiful blue sky. You can't see how the rays of the sun filter down between the buildings and reflect off the glass or building tops. Up close you nearly have to bend over backwards to see the top of the building and then you can't appreciate the unique architecture and angles of each building. From a distance you can see that and more.

This reminded me of our lives and the books we write. We are up close to our lives and our books. We can only see so much from our point of view. That's why we can set our books to the side and months later come back to it and see things we couldn't see before. While God is close and dwells within us, He also has the advantange of the omnipresent point of view. He sees so much more than we can. That's why prayer is so important. Prayer changes our lives. Prayer makes life better.

Without prayer I wouldn't be writing a contemporary women's fiction novel. Without prayer I wouldn't be living in Charlotte with a great new job. Without prayer I wouldn't have stopped condemning my husband's business and indirectly condemning him. Without prayer my daughter would not be doing better in school. Without prayer I would be no where, except where I was.

In writing workshops and through critiques writers are always told to show, not tell. We need to apply that same principle to our lives. Why do I say this? Because I know this rule. While I've been writing fiction for eleven years, telling still slips up in my writing on occasion. In the same way, as hard as we might try, prayer often slips away from us in our lives.

You might be thinking, but prayer is telling. I've got to do more works to show God my faith. PRAYER IS AN ACT OF FAITH. Prayer shows that you have faith that God can see what you can't. It shows God that you want things to change for the better. It shows God that you trust Him to make things better. Prayer lifts people up when they are down. Prayer changes lives.

"For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil."
1 Peter 3:12

2 comments:

  1. I needed to read this, Jenn. I don't pray enough, even though I'm doing more than I ever have. Prayer is an act of faith and that's what He wants from us.

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  2. I did pray this weekend. I don't usually have an immediate answer. Or at least I don't always recognize it. Yesterday, it was so immediate it took my breath away. Wow God!
    Angie

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