I just returned from a trip to Idaho to see my mom. It’s pretty much a seven-hour plane ride, not counting layovers. And I’m a terrible flyer which makes it seem longer. Ask anyone who’s ever had to fly with me and they’ll tell you, I get nervous, refuse to move from my seat, even if we’re still on the tarmac, etc. It’s just something I’ve never enjoyed.

This time was a bit different.

Instead of relying on myself, I asked my Bible study group to pray for me. I also had a wonderful Christian song (nine minutes long, you can listen to it below) to help with the takeoff – my least favorite part of flying. While I wasn’t completely at peace, I was definitely calmer. It only makes sense. After all, Philippians 4:6-7 tells me to not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Broken Vessell (Amazing Grace) by Hillsong

Don’t get me wrong, I was still a bit anxious, but not like in the past. Usually, I’m a nervous wreck the day before up until take-off. This time, I didn’t really start to get nervous until we began boarding the plane. I was even able to get some sleep the night before which probably helped with my anxiety.

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You should never get nervous about anything. What today seems important tomorrow isn’t so any more. – Tito Vilanova, Spanish Football star

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Relying on God in every situation helps with any anxiety we are going through. We just don’t always turn to Him first. But, as Christians, we should.

plane-50893_1920Aviophobia is the fear of flying and affects more
than 6.5%, more than 20 million, people worldwide.

Next time I fly, I’ll definitely ask for prayer again and listen to uplifting Christian music. Who knows, I might eventually get to enjoy the experience. Okay, maybe not, but at least I won’t dislike it as much.

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When you pray, do you pray for yourself or others? Maybe you pray to get something you want? How often do you pray for God to get what He wants? You might say “Your will be done,” but do you really mean it?

pray-1492815_1920Would you be able to think of others if
you were up on that cross?

It seems that prayer is more about getting our way instead of praying for what God might have in store for us. “Please God, get me that new job.” “Please God, get me out of debt.”

God doesn’t want us to pray just for ourselves and our needs. He wants us to consider others also.

Did you know Jesus prayed for others? He even prayed for us. That’s right, you and me. In John 17:20, Jesus says My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. He prayed that we be protected from the evil one. How amazing is that? There is no other God that I know of who has ever prayed for His followers, except Jesus.

love-699480_1920God came to Earth as a man and died for His children.
Are you the type of child He deserves?

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Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts. – Mother Teresa

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Jesus’ prayer shows His love for us, even today. He could have easily have prayed for Himself knowing what He was about to face, instead, He thought of us. Even on the cross, His thoughts were on others. Just before He died, He asked God to “forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Could you do the same? I’m sure I couldn’t. When it comes to a crisis, it seems I put me first every time. Yet, Jesus showed in many ways His love for us. In order to be Christ-like, we should put others first also.

The fact that God loved us so much shows what a truly loving Father He is. Maybe we should be thinking more of His will than our wishes. Isn’t it our turn to be the type of children He deserves?

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