Can you imagine if we weren’t praying?

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By Bernadine McIntosh

If things are this bad, can you imagine if we weren’t praying?


I grew up hearing my grandmother passionately utter these words during difficult times. Whenever there was a challenging situation that it seemed couldn’t get any worse she’d pose that question. This simple question let you know that as bad as it appeared to be, it could be worse. It encouraged you to be thankful that even though it looked as if like a dark cloud was hanging over your head, there was a silver lining attached.

Over the years, as I’ve encountered situations I often remember my grandmother’s words. If things are this bad, can you imagine if we weren’t praying? This usually gives me a reason to pause and think, I don’t know about you, but my vivid imagination can usually come up with a worst case scenario pretty quickly.

Just thinking, imagine if… provokes me to give thanks. It isn’t always easy to be thankful especially in the case of mounting debt, a bad doctor’s report or some other situation. Somehow though, when you find one reason to give thanks, pretty soon you find another, and another, and before you know it, you have a praise party going on.

Psalm 100:4 NKJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

David is one of my favorite Biblical heroes to go to when I need a little jumpstart to my praise. No matter what he went through in his life he stayed close to God. He held on to his promises. He didn’t lose heart and he didn’t stop believing.

Psalm 27:13-14 (NKJV)
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!

I have so many things to be thankful for as I look back over this year. I’m thankful most of all for my walk with Jesus. He is truly the source of my strength. He gives me a reason to hope, to hold on to the promises he’s made. It is such a comfort and awesome privilege to have Jesus in my heart, to know that he is always with me and I can always talk to him because…. Can you imagine if you didn’t have him to talk to, lean on, trust in…?

bmpicBernadine McIntosh is a child of God, born and raised in a small town in the Bahamas.  She’s a quietly opinionated bookworm who loves family, friends, coffee, laughter and Jesus, just not necessarily in that order. You can often find Bernadine curled up in her favorite chair reading a book or writing in one. She is a work in progress whose desire is to live a life that honors God and to tell others of His love for them.  Please connect with Bernadine at her blog: Trusting Him with Today.




10 Responses to Can you imagine if we weren’t praying?

  1. This is absolutely beautiful Bernadine! As one who grew up on the heart-words and preparation of my Grandma and Grandpa, I can relate to these types of talks and experiences. Love you.

  2. I agree with Lisa. Simply beautiful! My grandparents were the ones who were my role models as they walked closely with the Lord. To this day I’m so thankful for their obedience and that I can look back to remember how they handled problems. And it was always with prayer and praise. I love your grandmother’s words about praying.

    Blessings and love,

  3. Prayer is so important! I love how God wants us to come to Him…with the big things and the little things! Through prayer our relationship with Him is solidified! God is able to so above and beyond and through prayer He invites us to be part of His answers! I can’t imagine “doing life” with out Him. He is my strength!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Blessings, Joan

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