Prayer and the Middle Child
Looking back, I got a hint of the Sunday morning sermon. It’s just another one of God’s divine surprises!
As we drove to church this morning, I mentioned to my husband that my garden sectioned by grapevines and hedges needs serious attention. We lost one of the grapevines so I researched foliage on line with plans to replace it and I asked him to dig new holes this coming week. I call this private area my prayer garden, but I recently moved out the chair and rarely meet there to talk with God.
Middle Children and feeling overlooked
This morning’s sermon touched me deeply when the speaker correlated unanswered prayers that never seem to reach the Lord’s ear with being the middle child and feeling invisible.
I’ve been discouraged in prayer so the teaching about persistence to stay the course in faith and trust without visible results ignite new hope to believe for the impossible that’s only possible with God.
Our church is big on altars
My favorite sermon bullet conveyed that prayer gives me a voice in heaven! Middle children need to know their voice is heard. I wonder if Daniel was a middle child. He fasted and prayed for 21 days, morning Noon and night. Then an angel appeared to him reassuring him that God heard him the first day! Daniel 10: 10-12
We received the call to pray consistently without giving up. I like the way our pastor expressed God’s heart as we choose that altar; he called it a special meeting place where we meet up often with God. It’s not a performance, not a have to, but a place of safety, a divine encounter with the one who has our very best interest in mind. His plan is one to prosper us, not hurt us, and to give us a hope and a future.
Spiritually, I’m revived but let me say, my plan for that new prayer garden area far exceeds the layout of the old one. I’m going to paint that old chair, re-pot some pretty flowers, purchase and plant some “Cat’s Claw” vines when the holes are dug and, most importantly, meet with my God when the early morning sun rises!
I hope you’re encouraged too and by the way, be sure to take time to say “hi.” Middle children tend to feel overlooked you know!