Monday, July 22, 2013

Prayer Is Where You Plant Yourself (Prayer Summer)

I took a picture of this tree two years ago. A storm uprooted it, it fell into the river, and got hung up on a dam a mile east of our house for over a month. When that tragic event happened the tree was heard to say, "I am a goner. That's it for me. I'll never produce leaves or seeds again. My life is over."

When the fallen tree arrived at the dam I wondered, who will remove it? To my surprise, the tree walked in renewal for weeks - in spite of being uprooted it was still green and growing! Leaves appeared. The tree was immersed in a constant water source. That which I assumed dead was alive. The tree was heard to give thanks to God and say, "I am still bearing fruit!" Its all about where your roots are planted.

Psalm 1 says:
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Pray today. The act of praying is the connection with the living waters of God. Attach yourself, branch-like, to Jesus the Vine, prayerfully. A prayer is a planting. To pray is to prosper.