THE PRAYER MAT

THE PRAYER MAT

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

I bought a prayer mat.
It's not an official prayer mat and I'm not sure if anyone officially makes these, but it was the desire of my heart that I should have one.
Led to the Goodwill store by a prompting of spirit yesterday,
I walked toward the back of the store where I knew the towels and miscellaneous items to be and there it was ...
A beautifully embroidered velvet mat, the size of a small to medium towel (perfect for my size and kneeling,) emblazened and brightly embossed in the richest of colors.
It looked like a stained-glass window that had literally been turned upside down and perfectly preserved on a beautiful and expensively embroidered material.
The picture emblazened in the velvet was Jesus, the Good Shepherd, holding a staff in one hand and a lost sheep in the other.
He's holding the little lost sheep tightly with a host of sheep all about Him.
The landscape is a brilliant green canopied by a blazing blue.
Embroidery work is stitched all around the border and the corners are finely accented with decorative black flourishes.
It's an illustration of the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7).
In response to the Spirit's prompting, a most beautiful, precious "prayer mat" was provided me, and now I continue in colorful fashion to progress in a new journey of my prayer life with my beautiful Good Shepherd right before me.
God be praised for promptings which deliver providences.
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The idea was stemmed, I believe, from watching Muslims and their insistent, persistent practice of prayer to an unknown, false God on "prayer mats" utilized continually at specific times throughout the day.
The thought was entertained in me that if "lost" folks can take such diligent practice in their prayer life, then ought not "found" folks to be the more earnest in theirs.
If we're asserting the power of a true God but void of prayer, which we claim to be the inducement of His great power, then I wonder what kind of message we're putting forth to the world around us.
I think, personally, the Muslims do an extraordinary job in executing their open exercise to pray.
Hmmm ...
With a rumble and tumble of such thoughts at work within me,
I asked God to lay before me one practical help which might serve me in an intensified prayer endeavor with Him.
His good Spirit led my spirt to the inexpensive Goodwill store,
where a purchase was made with the few dollars He provided me with,
and a "prayer mat" was secured and now in my employment.
Written on the back:
Darrelyn L. Tutt
July 12, 2018
A gift from my Good Shepherd.
 Luke 15:1-7 and Acts 10.
And a new journey begun on my knees.
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