PRAYER: Sometimes it’s the only thing that carries us through

same GodNote: My inspirational messages come from what helps me, and that is my Christian faith. To my Jewish friends, I wish you peace today and hope you find something in here to  relate to. We all pray to the same God and I think He can help us all.


By Sally Tippett Rains

Here we are in August, headed for September and it seems like the world is still falling apart. Many of us feel disconnected, angry, sad, nervous– you name it. This multitude of feelings can produce bad emotions. Once we fall apart due to our emotions it’s hard to live our lives the way we would like to. These emotions are the emotions of the world. In times like this we need to leave the world behind and find our own solid ground again.

When we can’t control our emotions, we go down a bad path. Those spreading anger or fear want to take over our lives through our emotions. When we do things based on our emotions we let the bad in. If you are posting angry things on social media, who is making you angry? Are they worthy of ruining your day?

Do you find yourselves worried about things you can’t control? Are your emotions just all over the place?

Peace I leave with you.

Some days it just feels like we are out here all alone– and there is no one to throw us a life preserver. But we are never alone, and those are the days we need to save ourselves, by remembering that God is always with us.

When I feel like I am treading water and can’t get my foot on solid ground I head for the Bible. I just need to get me some Word.

Maybe this verse from Psalms 62:2 can help: “From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

heroWhen we need peace, we can call to God. That’s what prayer is; it is dialogue with our Heavenly Father. Just like our earthly father, we can (and should) go to Him when times are good and when times are bad. We don’t have to let our circumstances, fears, or emotions control our lives. We don’t have to be defined by what happened to us. We can be our own hero and save ourself. Make the choice right now do do whatever it is you need to do to get to solid ground.

The times that seem impossible to us are the times that God will help us. Our prayers can be anything from a bold request to a grateful thank you– to a little whimper for help. “Help me Lord, help me. I’m lost, help me get to solid ground.”

And like that song says, “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.”

If you haven’t heard that song in a while, here is Michael W. Smith’s rendition: CLICK HERE.

solid rock I stand

This week I came upon another song and the lyrics are perfect for these times.

Country legend Reba McEntire teamed up with Christian singer Lauren Daigle for a beautiful reminder of how we can really choose happy. Their song, ‘Back To God’ is both peaceful and powerful.

Reba wrote the lyrics and though the song came out a few years ago it is perfect for our times. My prayer this week is we all find peace in our hearts– that we find a safe place to stand– no matter what is happening in the “world” around us. And while we are looking for that safe place to stand– we should get down on our knees, because it is there we will find it.

To hear Reba’s song, “Back to God” click the audio player below:

Back to God

By Reba McEntire

Oh have you looked around
Have you heard the sound
Of Mama’s cryin’
Or do you turn away
When you see the face
Of the innocent dyin’
In these darkest days
Are you not afraid
That it’s too late
You gotta get down on your knees, believe
Fold your hands and beg and plead
Gotta keep on praying
You gotta cry, rain tears of pain
Pound the floor and scream His name
‘Cause we’re still worth saving
Can’t go on like this and live like this
We can’t love like this
We gotta give this world back to God
Have you lost a love?
Do you feel like givin’ up?
Has your heart been broken?
Are your kids okay?
Will they come home safe?
Do you lie there hoping?
You can make a wish, you can knock on wood
Oh it won’t do no good
You gotta get down on your knees, believe
Fold your hands and beg…