It has been said that,
"Seven days without prayer, makes one weak."
Sometimes you hear someone say,
"We've done all we can.
The only thing we can do now is pray."
Prayer really should be our first resort rather than our last resort.
Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer,
as a model prayer and Jesus himself
often went off to pray, setting an example
for us to do the same.
In Matthew 14:23, it says, "And when He had sent the multitudes away,
He went up into a mountain apart to pray:
and when the evening was come,
he was there alone." (KJV)
If Jesus needed to go off and pray, how much more do we need to?
Praying should not be something we do out of duty and routine.
Prayer is talking and listening to our loving,
all knowing, heavenly Father.
The book of James tells us to pray for wisdom
when we don't know what to do (James 1:5).
In Philippians 4:6,7,
prayer is connected with receiving God's peace.
In Ephesians 6:18,
prayer is a very important part of battling the forces of evil.
We are also told to pray for those in Authority over us
(I Timothy 2:1,2).
Prayer shows our dependence on God,
His power and His wisdom.
Prayer is powerful and so important.
Studies have been done in the medical field
showing the power of prayers.
They used two groups of people to observe the difference between
the group that was being prayed for and the group that wasn't.
There was a marked difference in the recovery of those who were
being prayed for, and they weren't even told that they were being prayed for.
Most hospitals realize the importance of prayer in the healing process
for their patients, and welcome pastors and chaplains to be a part of the
It has been said that,
"If you are too busy for God, you are too busy."
In the midst of our busyness let's remember how much we need God
and need prayer and make a daily practice
and our first resort instead of our last.
Those of you who know me...or who follow my Facebook posts...know that Curt is obsessed very, very interested in helicopters.
It only makes sense. His very first fascination with an object was with fans. Ceiling fans, box fans, anything that spun, really. So his die hard interest in helicopters as of late is just a graduation from ceiling fans to rotors, really.
This summer Curt has been DETERMINED to fly a helicopter.
Since it was a medical helicopter, the rear of the machine was just as fascinating. The helicopter flies with a crew of four: a pilot, flight technician, and two nurses. The patient and the nurses ride here:
Luke had to get in on the action, of course:
Curt peppered Trey with a barrage of questions; Trey answered all most of them, and managed to make me belly laugh in the process. WINNING.
The boys went over EVERY. SINGLE. INCH. of that helicopter. We learned that it can fly 140 mph. That they can transport one, or two, patients, plus a parent if the transport is a child, to hospitals all over the region. Children generally are flown to Dallas if they're on the west side of Tyler) or Shreveport (to the east). Burn patients are also transported to Metroplex hospitals.
Lately, they've been flying a higher volume of rescue flights. Lots of child drownings this summer. And now that school is in session: pedestrian vs. car. (GET OFF THE PHONE).