Sunday, August 1, 2021


BLACKBERRIES

Blackberries ripen, full and sweet,
to make for me an August treat.
Their goodness calls me, “Come and dine!”,
so up I climb to make them mine.
 
Safe underneath the ash and beech,
the berries grow within my reach.
I pluck them quickly for my pail
and eat my fill along the trail.
 
Blackberries splendid, good and free,
are like the graces given me.
God’s fruit is for the picking ones,
and with it, love and mercy comes.
 
 

O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalm 34:8



BLACKBERRIES

God's fruit is for the picking ones.
Have you tried a menagerie of things? Well, why not try prayer?

And when he was come into the house,
the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith
unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this?
They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
Matthew 9:28

Jesus healed the blind men. They gained their sight. Faith is needed when praying. God is able to do what we ask and more. If you don't believe He is, then why continue praying? 

And shall not God avenge his own elect,
which cry day and night unto him,
though he bear long with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh,
shall he find faith on the earth?
Luke 18:7-8

It's up to our generation now. Decide to believe in prayer. Decide that you can come into the presence of Almighty God. Enter in. Commit to prayer. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Join with others in a prayer commitment. Where two or more are gathered, there Christ is in the midst. He is there, too, in the private room. We can pray anywhere, anytime and anyplace.

Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy
to come unto thee: but say in a word,
and my servant shall be healed.
Luke 7:7

Jesus remarked about the faith of the centurion. Pray with such faith. Let us trust the Maker of Jupiter, Mars and all the stars. Let us talk with our Creator. Taste and see that the LORD is good. God's fruit is for the picking ones. Say the word! Get to pickin!

Prayer request.

What is your request?

What are our joys?

Lift them in prayer.

After you've entered in and made requests known, trust God for His answer and timing. Faith is needed when waiting for His reply. Those that wait upon the LORD shall renew their wings, restore their strength, replenish their supplies, gain a right spirit, fill a deep pail and be co-heirs with Christ.

May God fill your pail and give all you need along the trail of your life.

But thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
Nehemiah 9:17b

Pray every day to the God of kindness.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

 
WHERE THE LEAVES DANCE

A soft breeze, a gentle sigh,
I’ll be where the leaves dance.
I’ll look up through at skies of blue
and fall within a trance.

In relaxed state, I’ll contemplate
and hear the wood thrush echoing.
His gorgeous tune releases me,
a distant place is beckoning.

How could God make these woods so fine?
All worries are asunder.
I’ll close my eyes and take it in,
this quiet place of wonder.


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27



WHERE THE LEAVES DANCE

Where the wind lists, 
where the Spirit resides and
where the tree yields.

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:5

The wind reminds us that there are prerequisites for entering Heaven. We remember that one must be born of water and of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, that is. If everyone gained access into Heaven no matter what they did, there would have been no reason for God to send His Son to die on the cross for our sins. 

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3: 6-7

It is the wind that separates the wheat grain from the chaff. It is the Holy Spirit that gives out the admittance ticket into Heaven. It is Jesus Christ, God’s Anointed, who knows the sheep from the goats and makes the separation. He who made the heart reads the heart. 

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
John 3:8

Keep praying for your loved ones to continue trusting God and His Word. Pray earnestly for the salvation of those not yet born again. Keep the vigil through these days that we are living. Let the wind remind you there is help. It is available upon asking. Ask today. Ask again.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

The leaves dancing in the wind remind us of the peace Jesus Christ gives to those who put their trust in Him. It’s the peace of knowing God’s Spirit resides in our believing hearts. Faith equals being born of the Spirit, which leads to that beautiful promise of everlasting life. I trust you know God’s promises always come true.

Therefore, since we have been made right
in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God
because of what Jesus Christ our Lord
has done for us.
Romans 5:1

The peace given only by Jesus helps us lean back in our chair and trust our Creator. When we express gratitude, we pray. When we have difficulties, prayer becomes sustenance. It’s not about what we can’t do in hardships. It’s about what we can do. Abraham, Elijah, Hannah and Esther praised God in prayer and pleaded with God. Prayer warriors lived before us. They live among us today.

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21: 27

Don’t be thrown off course. Nothing that defiles will sneak into Heaven. No one who works abominations will be able to squeeze through a crack in the foundation of the new Jerusalem wall because there are no cracks! Like a beautiful pearl, the place Jesus is preparing for us lacks nothing. Like the rarest blue diamond, Heaven sparkles with goodness and joy. It will be a perfect pearl and a perfect diamond.

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 21:27- 22:2

Here, in Veery Glade, we were sitting around a campfire on a summer day years ago. There was no fire, only a clear sunny day at high noon. Leaning my head back against the chair, I looked up through the maple trees to the blue sky and occasional puffy clouds passing by. But I didn’t see much of them. All the leaves of the trees around me gave me a kaleidoscope view of varying green shapes. And they were dancing in the wind. I walked briskly up to the house and wrote the poem. My mother loved it and at her funeral, I read it.

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.
Romans 12:10

Looking up through the leaves, rest in God’s plan for your life and grow in the attitude of Christ-honoring kindness.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

PEACEFUL ROCK

I headed for a place I know,
not wanting any clock,
where my burdened ears can hear the flow,
resting well on Peaceful Rock.

By the brook, I’ll sit and close my eyes,
where the canopy is thick,
and contentment there I’ll realize,
as I hear the water skip.

I will sit for many hours there,
or at least what seems to be,
and I’ll hear the water sing His care,
of the love He has for me.

And my troubles will go down the way,
where the ravens tend to flock,
yet the perfect peace of God will stay,
trusting well on Peaceful Rock.


Come unto me, all ye that labour 
and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 



PEACEFUL ROCK

And even to your old age, I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Isaiah 46:4

God tells us in His Word precious promises to help us through our lives, through our struggles. He is the Creator. The theory of evolution is only a poorly-devised, empty theory based on human opinion.
 
He has made that which causes hurt, painful as that is. But, there must be a plan there, somewhere. He tells us He will bear. He can bear our hurt, and carry, and deliver us from our troubles. Knowing this helps restore our way to love even the ones who do not love us. Praying holds us fast and secures us.

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
Psalm 71: 1-3

God, who created Heaven, Earth and time itself, can carry us. He is awesome power in a small space...in our hearts! It’s because He loves us. Oh how He loves you and me! I trust you know the Rock of Salvation. I trust you know God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior. And I trust you know the Holy Spirit lives within the believer's heart.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2 

Jesus Christ, (Christ means 'The Anointed'), bore the iniquities of the world on the cross. By faith, believers are released from the bondage of sin. This is the way God has done it. This is the way God provides freedom. Sin becomes white as snow. Faith equals freedom.

It is not so for the faithless. No faith equals bondage. I would encourage you to not stay in that sinking boat. Be rescued from the blazing ship that sinks to Nethergloom. The shore is in Heaven. The pit is in Hell. These are not our words but God's. Words spoken from the Creator trump the words of those who were created.

The wise man built his house upon the Rock.
The foolish man built his house upon the sand.

Peaceful Rock is an actual place across from Veery Glade. I have been working on a middle grade novel and my main character starts her story from this rock. We have strolled there to dip our hands and feet in the cool brook water from the rock’s edge in dappled shade from the surrounding forest. At the center of a life trusting God is the foundation of Jesus, the Rock.

O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalm 117:1-2

Keep your prayer life going, solid in the Rock, and thankful ever for God's great kindness.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

THE FAITHFUL TRAIL

On the faithful trail, I’ll go,
where the ferns are thick and greening,
and the undergrowth goes up and down,
and the trees are sometimes leaning.

But on the trail, I’ll follow,
as I pass beneath the basswoods,
as I walk along the touch-me-nots,
and a patch of tangled dogwoods.

I’ll trust when at the gully,
where the woods are dark and deepest,
and I’ll cross along the cherry tree,
where the bank is all the steepest.

At trail’s end, I’ll have rest
in a special, hidden clearing—
in the grass, I’ll watch the passing clouds,
and the warblers I’ll be hearing.
 

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 


 

THE FAITHFUL TRAIL

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
Hebrews 10:35

Confidence in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, brings great reward. Years ago during Passover, Jesus willingly went to the cross for us. He bore our sin upon the tree. Now, we, the faithful, are forgiven. How awesome to have sins forgiven!

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Philippians 3:18-19

As we travel along life’s often gnarly path, like in the deep woods, we encounter enemies of the cross. The cross is foolishness to faith-lacking people whose minds are fixed on earthly things.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6

Seek Him in life. Pray for help when stresses try to derail. Call upon God when hurts send us off the trail and into the tangled underbrush. God, the Heart Reader, knows the heart asking for guidance and drawing close to Him. He rewards those who seek Him. Wise men and women still seek Him today in this generation.

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
Luke 1:45

Mary, the mother of Jesus, knew who rewards and lifts up. She knew the humble are exalted and the proud are brought down. Her soul praised God as she humbly served the Mighty One and became blessed of all women.

And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Luke 2:38

Anna of Asher, an old widow and prophetess, spent a lot of time in the temple praying and waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. Then, after many years, baby Jesus was brought to her. She was rewarded in her day and yet to come.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

May we keep walking the faithful trail.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:18

We know that creation is under the Creator’s rules. He who created rules. He who created has all authority in and over what He created. If one cannot believe the first sentence of the Bible, that same one, most likely, cannot believe much else.

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Revelation 14:19

The Bible declares over and over again that judgment is coming. God will have His vengeance. It is His to avenge. The Creator will judge all hearts and deeds. Only those whose lawyer is Jesus, the only One who can save, will stand against merciless wrath.

Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 2:10

Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
Jeremiah 2:2

May we set our sights on our Savior’s promises as we walk along the faithful trail showing His kindness.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

WOODLAND SONG

Joyfully, joyfully, feathered friends call,
the chickadees and grosbeaks and orioles all,
to sing a lyric melody at opening of day,
to start the winging choir, a-chirping all the way!
 
Over high, over there, beside the babbling brook,
the cardinals and veeries resound in every nook;
the drumming of the ruffed grouse, the cooing of the dove,
the tapping of the woodpecker that echoes up above!
 
Yahweh God! Yahweh God!”, into the evening night,
hummingbirds and nuthatches turn in from their flight.
And in the final light of day, the robin sings her song.
What joy to hear the woodland birds sing praises all day long!
 
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luke 1:46-47                                                       


 

WOODLAND SONG

The veeries are very glad in Veery Glade. And so am I!

The birds have returned to the woods. Their songs lift my spirit and their calls remind me to call on God my Savior through prayer. Isn't it true that what God created praises Him? From the weather, to animals, to trees, to stones, to humans—the Bible tells us so.

Praise the LORD from the earth,
ye dragons, and all deeps:
fire, and hail; snow, and vapours;
stormy wind fulfilling his word:
mountains, and all hills;
fruitful trees, and all cedars:
beasts, and all cattle;
creeping things, and flying fowl:
kings of the earth, and all people;
princes, and all judges of the earth:
both young men, and maidens;
old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the LORD:
For his name alone is excellent;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
Psalm 148:7-13

Weather:

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea,
Peace, be still.
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Mark 4:39-41

Jesus commanded the wind on the Sea of Galilee. He walked on water. And God had sent weather changes to Elijah and others. He who created the elements commands the elements.

Animals:

And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down upon Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou has smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? Was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
Numbers 22:27-31

Remember Balaam's donkey? God opened the donkey’s mouth so that she could speak. And this led to Balaam finally saying what God told him to say, much to Balak’s anger.

Trees:

Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD; for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
Psalm 96:12-13

Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.
1 Chronicles 16:33

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12
 

Judgment on earth is coming. All of creation will respond. God is aware of everything He made.

Stones:

And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Luke 19:40

And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father; for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Matthew 3:9
 

God is almighty. He is the Creator whom we do not “mess” with! Remember, we are the created, made out of the dirt of the ground. Let us keep that perspective going!

Humans: 

Where do I start with the Bible verses of people gone on before us that have given praise to our Maker? I think of Abraham, Hannah, Mary, David, Jabez, Elizabeth, Esther, Deborah, John, Paul, Peter, Lydia, the woman at the well. Songs and prayers have been recorded. Lives have portrayed praise. It's all there. And they’re written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from hence forth all generations shall call be blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
Luke 1:46-49

Offer praise in prayer to our Creator. It is He who has done great things for us!

For by him were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
visible and invisible, whether they be thrones,
or dominions, or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by him, and for him.
Colossians 1:16

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:7-8
 

Sing with the woodland birds our Creator’s praise and abound in kindness.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

TRUTH IS LIKE A TRILLIUM

Truth is like a trillium
that blossoms in the spring.
It dances with the waking trees
and stirs the birds to sing.

Through winter, it lays dormant,
beneath the snowy ground.
Then with the warmth of springtime,
it stretches roots around.

It grows within the sunshine,
first budding after years.
The plant designed by Trinity
takes time to match its peers.

And there it stands a-shining,
a pure, revealing face!
The woodland floor, once bumpy bare,
now shimmers full of grace!

Truth is like a trillium.
O may my faith grow strong.
For with it, I am known and free
to bloom forever long.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32



TRUTH IS LIKE A TRILLIUM

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is night unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:17-18

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 15:13

We have had sorrow of the heart. We have known a crushed spirit. 
Instead of returning hurt for hurt, we seek Creator God who is near, the same God who had breathed life into the nostrils of Adam whom He formed out of the dirt of the ground. Instead of crushing the one who crushed, we turn to our Heavenly Father who hears and delivers, breathing life into our damaged spirits.

A woodland flower that blooms in spring reminds us of truth and tranquility. It’s the season of trilliums, here in Veery Glade. Is there a better place to be at peace than among trilliums? I think not. I will be the first to admit trilliums don’t smell like roses. But apart from that, I don’t notice anything lacking in these graceful plants growing in the nitrogen-rich woodland soil.

The name ‘trillium’ was given to this plant because all of its parts exist in groups of three: three white petals, three sepals (small leaves), three large leaves and three stigmas. Trilliums are protected, taking many years to bloom for the first time.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, makes a strong statement about Himself. John 14:6 is either the truth handed to us on a royal silver platter or a big fat lie! How anyone responds to this statement He made determines their eternity.

Truth enables us to live forever in the realizations that:
Because Jesus is the way, there is no other way apart from Him.
Because Jesus is the truth, there are only lies apart from Him.
Because Jesus is the life, there is only death apart from Him.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive , because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14: 16-17

We know the truth and it makes us free. Not knowing the truth, then, continues bondage. It may take a while to see the face of truth, like the trillium first blooming after years. But when it’s revealed, we fall to our knees in awe. We realize it is God who can restore us daily.

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
Psalm 138:8

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalm 27:14

In the white trillium patch of prayer, truth shines. The Creator will perfect our concerns and strengthen our hearts. Our time is well-spent formulating lists of joys (praises) and concerns. We are grateful to God in revealing truths and making us aware of His working in our lives. The things we have committed to Him are being addressed in His time. Those things that bother us are voiced. Hurts and on-going problems are raised in persistent prayer.

A biblical example of someone praying joys is Mary, the mother of Jesus.

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call be blessed.
Luke 1: 45-48

A biblical example of someone praying concerns is Abraham, who pleaded for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
Genesis 18:32

May Mary and Abraham inspire us to be specific in our prayers and lists of joys and concerns.

Our National Day of Prayer was Thursday, May 6, 2021. Let us keep praying as often as we can with renewed lists of joys and concerns. Let us be diligent in our prayer life.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Colossians 3:12-13

Give a crushed spirit to our Creator God who can un-crush it.
Only God can fix a broken heart and restore the spirit to keep walking in integrity. In truth, beautify the space around you with mercy, meekness, patience, forgiveness and kindness.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

 

THE DAFFODIL’S TRUMPET

The daffodil stands by the edge of the wood,
‘neath a slumbering red maple tree,
and he picks up his trumpet of finest pure gold
to announce the beginning of spring.

He’s early to wake from the long, bitter cold
and his yellow suit coat is a joy
which can heal the long worn out expressions of old,
and soothe the dark ages of yore.
 
He stands on a knoll that will carry the tune,
where the sun shines a-warm on the dew.
He plays out a “Toot, Ala Toot-ti-ly Toot!
Wake up, trees and critters, all living things, you!”

His song wakens others and soon there are many
to proclaim the renewal of life!
Their horns call brightly! The woods, they are waking—
away with worries and strife!

The daffodil smiles in the light of our Lord
and declares our dependence on Him,
and reminds us of joy that only Christ gives
and life coming only from Him.

 

Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
 Psalm 24:7                                                        

 

THE DAFFODIL’S TRUMPET

Spring! My favorite season! Every spring, there is a renewal of life. Here, in my neck of the woods, the trees are waking up from their long winter's nap. Daffodils bloom, announcing the resurrection of life. The winter woods spring alive with color and bird calls. The stark winter scene is changing to a green lushness.

Believers smile. In the spring season, we declare our dependence on Him and are reminded of the joy only Christ can give.

Give ear to my words, O LORD,
consider my meditation.
Hearken unto the voice of my cry,
my King, and my God:
for unto thee will I pray.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD;
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee,
and will look up.
Psalm 5:1-3

God is a listening God! He can hear the prayer spoken from a believing heart. What joy when that thing prayed about comes about! We realize only God could have done it. And, He did so because we asked! Our request was granted.

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
I Chronicles 4:10

Ask and ye shall receive. It happened for Jabez, who must have come to the point where he realized only God could deliver. He knew God is able. In the middle of the night, we turn to our Creator in sincere, sometimes tearful pleas for deliverance of problems. In the morning, we turn to Him for His blessing in our lives. At noonday, we rely on His goodness. In the evening, we are at His mercy.

A succinct prayer is good. Jabez identified areas he must have pondered over. His prayer request was calculated, determined and specific. Identify the problem. (Often, that is easy to do.) Then, with tremendous faith, call upon the God of Israel, the God who listens, the God of home and property, the God who reigns. Jabez didn’t know if God would answer. Jabez didn’t know if his requests would be granted.

But, they were.

Hannah, also, prayed believing God is able.

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but will give unto thou thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him.
I Samuel 1:10-11, 27

Hannah knew grief. Great affliction drove her to that bitterness in her soul. She knew an earnestness that caused her to make a vow with the Lord of Hosts. Because of her petition, her heartache was turned to joy! She was overjoyed! She had the cup overflowing like the Psalmist proclaims in Psalm 23 because she asked.

The smartest people are the ones who ask.

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:6

Request away! God gives us permission to call on Him. He encourages it.

Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-14) is another person in the Bible who prayed, asking God at a young age for specific things. The LORD was pleased with what Solomon had asked and what he had not asked for. Mary, the mother of Jesus, believed the things told her (Luke 1:38-45) and said for it to be unto her according to God’s Word. The Bible is full of praying people who rely on God’s ability.

And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
I Kings 3:6

Call upon God, even again, and rely on Him.
Smile in the light of our Lord’s great kindness.