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Carter’s Corner: Perspective of Prayer

I have a challenge for you. I challenge you to write down a list of everything in your life that upsets you. Write down every challenge for yourself and your life that you are facing right now. Now, how do you want to get rid of that list? It’s easy. Develop a different mindset for yourself. Develop a different perspective, develop a perspective of prayer.

Now, what is a perspective of prayer? Well, a perspective is a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. In other words: A way in which we view something or a situation. Now, what is prayer? Prayer is talking to God and giving him an opportunity to speak, feel, or provide. We can have either an optimistic or pessimistic view of our situations. A way in which we view life. People view prayer differently. Some find prayer necessary and like doing it. One may find prayer to be a chore. Either way, this is a way in which we view prayer. The perspective of prayer is a way in which you view life not through a negative lens, but through a lens where you see bad things as a chance for God to deliver.

What does this mean? In 1 Kings 17:7-16, the prophet Elijah exhibits a perfect example of having a perspective of prayer. In this passage, Elijah meets a young woman with her son at a brook east of the Jordan river. Elijah was hungry so he asked the woman for a drink of water and a piece of bread to eat. The woman turned him down because she had little flour and a little oil, not enough to bake bread with. One may think that under these circumstances nothing may help. Although, the woman in Zarephath did not have this same perspective on her situation as Elijah. As she was at the brook, all she saw for her and her son was a lack of what could be provided. She looked at her tiny, half-filled jar of flour and saw she needed to be fixed. She saw little. She saw nothing. Her mindset was fixed on “Oh what little I have, this is the way it is for me.” Elijah, on the other hand, saw it as an opportunity for God to provide, an opportunity for God to show himself. An opportunity for prayer. The prophet Elijah had a perspective of prayer. He used this as an opportunity to call on God and for God to prove himself, and in turn, this strengthened not only his faith but her faith as well.

As we are all closing in on finals this is a prime time to exercise a perspective of prayer and to strengthen our faith. Right now trying to make up work for the semester, and scrambling to get that A+. Between our teachers are pushing us for more work, and our parents keeping a closer eye on us we are starting to feel the workload. Our perspective slowly starts to turn into what little time we have, and how harsh our parents or teachers are being. We feel the all so familiar feeling of stress and anxiety rise up within us. We feel as if everything is all. On. Us. However, it is not. We can use a perspective of prayer at this time for God to call us. To let us study and peace and find motivation. For God can provide us with an extra push. If your faith is not very strong, use this as a time to strengthen it. Do not settle for stress and feeling like “Oh, this something I have to deal with and is a way of life.’’ Call on God. If you believe in your heart, he will answer.

 

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