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Recently, my husband and I agreed that I could benefit from a getaway. Life has been busy and full of activity! I shared with my husband that I wanted to get away to pray, so he sent me to Austin, Texas, to stay in a beautiful high-rise hotel with a city view. I found it interesting that when I shared with others that I was going away to pray, the vibe I received from some was that of suspicion and perplexity. It was as if I could hear their thoughts, “Going away to pray … um, okay?” “Pray? Sure, you’re going away to pray...” More than interesting, I found it sad that it is not the norm to take a break from life by means of prayer, let alone taking a trip to pray. I recall when King David of the Bible, during a time of prayer declared, “From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Here it is, a man who bore the weight of governing a kingdom, ran to his Creator because his heart carried an excessive amount of life, leaving him overwhelmed. He understood His Creator to be exclusively powerful; therefore, he made God his shelter. I, too, have learned to run to the Lord for refuge and refueling. It is a common practice and a created culture in my home. I love what Author Tish Warren exclaimed; she said, “The story of the Gospel is alive and ongoing. The work of Jesus continues, even now, in our everyday lives.” I believe the miracle-working power and personal touch of God happens in those moments when we run to Him in prayer, make time for Him, and yes, take trips for Him. At least, it happens for me each and every time I set my heart to search for Him. I always find Him and somehow leave better; and that, my friend, is a miracle!

 

Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. Psalm 61:1-3 NKJV

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