A Prayer From the Heart Always Makes A Difference

Chaplain Gary Yarbrough
Shelby Baptist Medical Center

A few weeks ago, I wrote a devotional about prayer.  It was entitled After You Pray, Move Your Feet. I borrowed these words from an African proverb. These words came to me again as I started to write this devotion.  I was staring at a blank page on the computer and my brain was not engaged to connect my fingers to the keyboard!  A few minutes later, I asked myself the question:  What is a topic that is of utmost importance to those who are faithful readers of our devotionals?  Suddenly, the words “after you pray, move your feet” returned to my heart, mind and spirit. Why? I’m not sure. 

Does anyone besides me need to hear/read this again? If you have been praying about a person or concern of yours for a long period of time, you may ask yourself another question:  Is God leading me to do something other than pray?  Is God leading me to put feet to my prayers?

So, what are your answers?  Write them down.  Some of you may know exactly what you need to do.  Others, well, it may take more time and prayer.  With a sincere prayer and full faith and trust in God, He will always lead you in the right direction.  The possibilities and opportunities are endless:  forgive someone by speaking directly to them, asking God’s forgiveness of past/present transgressions, volunteer to help in the church or community, give (more) money to the church or a charitable organization, visit a neighbor you do not know, listen to someone’s broken heart, share your broken heart with someone who can truly listen to you, go back to school, surrender to God’s calling, etc. 

If this devotion has prompted you to ‘move your feet after you pray,’ I hope you will let me know (Gary.Yarbrough@bhsala.com).  My thoughts and prayers are for/with all of you readers of our devotionals.  May God bless each of you with an awareness and assurance of His presence gently guiding you in His ways.

Prayer:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and forever.  Amen.



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