A Fresh Perspective on Prayer
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Talking to Jesus is a lovely book written by Jeannie Blackmer. It gave me a fresh perspective on how I look at prayer. It also gave me new insight and ideas to add to my prayer life. Thank you, Jeannie!
I enjoy the personal way that Jeannie uses scripture to share her life experiences. Doing so makes it simple to see how you can do the same in your prayer life.
As Jeannie so appropriately says on the back of Talking to Jesus, “Sometimes it is easier to pour our hearts out to someone we can see in front of us – our inability to physically see Jesus can make us feel far from Him. We often wish that we could see him face-to-face when we pray”. I really understand this feeling and understand it all too well.
When my husband and I lost our first baby, Faith, I often felt alone. Not because I was alone, but because I would pray frequently and be angry that I felt as though I had no/little response. After reading the way Jeannie words it, I think a lot of that had to do with the simple fact that I could not physically see Jesus. It does make it easier to talk to someone when you can see them.I enjoy the personal way that Jeannie uses scripture to share her life experiences. Doing so makes it simple to see how you can do the same in your prayer life.Click To Tweet
I really felt close to the chapter titled The Leper in Talking to Jesus. While I do not have a disease that eats my skin, like Simon did, I have felt very similar to Simon at different times of my life.
Back when I was younger, finding myself on this ball of dust, I made some decisions that were not the best and at one point found myself looking in the mirror no longer knowing who I was. I had some very difficult times before I had my life-changing experience with Jesus.
Simon, the Leper
I can sympathize with Simon in that he certainly had some difficult times before Jesus cleansed him of his leprosy. One day, when I was going through a particularly rough time, I had a moment when I broke down and told God I was tired of trying on my own.
I told Him I would do anything He wanted me to do and that He could take control of my life, once again. From that moment forward, things in my life began to change. I moved to Florida and started attending a wonderful church where I met my future husband.
Many great people came into my life as a result of this move. I had so much revelation and encountered Jesus in a whole new way. This is exactly what I needed in my life at the time. It was as though I was in hiding, just like Simon the leper, and I said to Jesus, “Lord if you will, you can make me clean.” That is exactly what He did.It was as though I was in hiding, just like Simon the leper, and I said to Jesus, 'Lord if you will, you can make me clean.' That is exactly what He did. Click To Tweet
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