Happy Sunday everyone! I gave a talk today in church, which means that I spoke on an assigned topic (prayer) for 15 minutes to a congregation of about 200.
It was really nice to sit down and dive in deep on prayer for a bit. Here are some parts of my talk:
"Religion does not suggest that if you pray, you will be safer. Religion suggests that if you pray, you may become better." I feel like sometimes we get a little lost in our prayers, and forget that they are less about trying to get what we want, and more about changing the way we feel about what we have. God needs us to be brave.
Jesus taught that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1) It's an interesting phrase. Is the opposite of praying, then, fainting? And what is fainting?
I think of passing out, not being fully aware. Being weak. I feel like I've definitely noticed this in my life. When my prayers are scant or weak, I feel faint in my faith. Faint in my desire to serve. Faint in my resistance to temptation. Faint in my desire to pray.
A man was drowning in a river, so he prayed to God to save him. Just then, a large tree branch floated by. The man climbed on it to safety. He prayed again saying, "Never mind, God, I got this."
The temptation to be vain and ungrateful is a strong one. We so love our independence. But the Lord has asked us to submit our will to his.
Ezra Benson said, "Thank God we can reach out and tap that unseen power of prayer, without which no man can do his best."
Now about these COOKIES. I have so much to say about them, but you will have to head over to the blog post because I'm out of room! They are Grandma Prudy's famous SUGAR COOKIES. I'm in love!
Recipe is on the blog, or comment here and I will DM you the link!
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