No, no, no! It’s not the end of my blogging. And certainly not the end of the world! Today is just the end of one more tour of hopefully making an impact on my grandchildren.
These clouds followed me on my drive home from Fort Gibson. Or did I follow the clouds? It sure beat the rainy trips I have had lately.
There is something special about “the end.” When I served Sarah her lunch today, as usual I told her to pray. The children are encouraged to pray with their own words and not the usual, “Thank you, Jesus, for this food and bless it to our bodies. In Jesus’ name. Amen!” My little Sarah said her prayer and instead of the usual “amen,” she finished with “The end!” Very logical. It was good for God to know that it was the end… the end of that prayer! I’m sure it’s not the end of her praying!
Why do we end our prayers with “Amen”? It means, “So be it!” If we’re serious we want what we pray for and we emphasize it with an “Amen”!
I heard a preacher on the radio asking if we back up our prayers with Scripture. Do you? That is awesome—to pray with backing of God’s promises. Let me give you some of the Scriptures that have been anchors in my prayers.
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
These are just a few of the many Scriptures that encourage me. It would take up all the available space I have on this blog if I listed them all. If you haven’t done it, find scriptures in the Word of God to stand on in your prayers. There might be and “end” to our prayers but there is NO END to what God will do for us in answer to our prayers.