Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
We had prayer day this Saturday. We have it once a month at the church camp where Tommy and I worked as counselors for 35 years. It's a Holy place to us, and the ground is Holy ground.
I always come away from prayer day with renewed zeal and perspective not only on prayer but on life itself.
Tommy always sends us off to ourselves for a time of reflection and prayer. As I was sitting by myself, I was reading in I Timothy. This happens to be where I am in my daily Bible reading. Chapter 2, Verse 1-3 (MSG) reads: "The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live."
So often I just want to fuss and fume about our leaders. God says that the first thing we should do is pray for them. I always find myself saying "all we can do is pray," as if prayer is the last resort. I have changed that to "the best thing I can do is pray."
My prayer for you today is for you to pray every way you know how so that you can go quietly about your business and live simply in humble contemplation.