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Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017 9:37 am

Doris in her front yard, surveying the devastation of Andrew.

How do people do it?  How do those who don't have faith live?  How do they get through life without it?  "Oh, there is no God...he doesn't answer prayers."  Is a common response.  Just because he doesn't answer them immediately when we want doesn't mean that he does not answer them.

I believe.

I believe that without prayer, I would be adrift and not know what I was doing. I would be lost and in despair.  

I try to pray every day and it doesn't come in the form of routine...recited prayers.  Just me and Him talking one-on-one like two good friends chatting. I never did like routine...memorized…repetitious prayer. I didn’t think I knew how to pray so I just started talking. I even think God eventually recognized me! I’m sure he thinks, “Oh gee…it’s that crazy woman again.” I almost wrote…”Oh’s that crazy woman again.” But hey…he is God! LOL!

Oh yes, I have prayed in times of desperation beseeching Him to help me in sticky situations.  When my daughter was an infant and would stop breathing, I prayed to God to keep her alive.  During Hurricane Andrew, I prayed for Him to spare our lives.  When my father was dying of lung cancer, I asked the Lord not to let him suffer another thirty minutes.  When I was diagnosed with cancer, I asked the Lord to spare me from it spreading.  I call these prayers my "selfish" prayers...I was only thinking of me or those immediately around me. Yes, I admit that I am selfish at times in my prayers.

I have prayed many some non-selfish prayers as well.  I try to start out my day with a reading from the Bible or an inspirational prayer book.  I pray for those who are ill or who have passed away.  I pray whenever I hear an emergency siren that those involved will be safe.  I pray for caretakers to have patience and understanding with those who are in need of care.  I pray for those who I may not be fond of or who would not be fond of me as well.

I also will admit that I have prayed my bartering prayers as well. Dear God…if you do this for me I will do this for you or never do this again. How terrible can I be? I am ashamed.

I don't always get an immediate answer from my prayers and I don't always get the answer I necessarily want and maybe sometimes I am not aware that I have received an answer, but I still believe that my prayer helps. 

There are many different religions, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhism, Jehovah Witness, Mennonite, Amish, Jewish and more.  No matter what, they have someone they believe in. With hurricane Irma heading our way, please everyone pray we don't get hit again. This year was the 25th anniversary of hurricane Andrew and none of us want to go through that again! 

How do atheists do it?  They believe in no prayer and no supreme being.  How do they look forward to life?  How do they get through each day?

This week I know that many have prayed harder than ever.  As I write this on Sept. 5th, we are worried about what may come this weekend if Irma hits our area.  Many are praying. As we head into these uncertain times, (I hope by now the storm has fizzled) a Facebook friend posted this prayer that their church members pray during hurricane season:  

Hurricane Prayer

Father, all the elements of nature obey your commands. Protect us and all your people during this season of storms and hurricanes. Calm our fears and help us to prepare our hearts as well as our homes. Help us to see you in all we may encounter; and help us to minister to each other in your name. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Simply said.  There...if you read it, you prayed it.  Whoever you pray to, do it now.

I pray now for your safety and for God to protect us should Irma decide to come our way.  Godspeed.

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