Lesson From The Praying Mantis



Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. ~ Corrie Ten Boom





“Oh no!” I gasped after learning that I accidentally hit this almost invisible creature with the stream of water coming from the hose as I was watering the potted plants in the backyard.

A praying mantis
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Its color similar to the brownish hue of its environment. But as it was washed away with a small spray of water from the hose that probably was like a deluge for him, he slowly returned to a greenish hue.

My husband specifically reminded me one morning as we were both marveling at this creature for me not to kill it. Knowing that little critters bothered me sometimes. For it ate insects like mosquitoes, moths, aphids and other bugs usually harmful to the garden.

But what struck me the most was its position as I observed it. It was always in a “praying-like” position.

Yesterday, as I went outside, I found it nestled and hiding behind one of the posts of our patio cover. It looked like it was still praying but appeared stronger than after I hit it with the water. 

“Thank God!” I uttered softly.

I found myself praying silently. I found myself wanting to be like the PRAYING MANTIS.

Though existing in a harsh and ever changing environment, it never ceases to pray. It is always ready so as not to be PREYED but instead, always has that stance to PRAY. It is always ready and alert so as not to be eaten by other creatures. 

How true as believers of Christ! That if we make our minds always conscious what God says for us to do: 

To always be joyful. Always PRAYING. And to always be thankful,” we will see everything in a different light. Whatever circumstances are going on around us, those will not affect us being joyful, prayerful and thankful  as long as we are determined to do His will.

May we all have a prayerful attitude at all times!

Pray without ceasing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17



"Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice."
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Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. - Isaiah 55:6

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. - Ephesians 6:18

But I, O Lord, cry to You; in the morning my prayer comes before You. - Psalm 88:13

"Oh let us shout to the Lord....!!!"



"Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice."
- See more at: http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/bible-verses-on-prayer.html#sthash.gpNzBCS5.dpuf


3 comments:

  1. I do not know if it is the season of Autumn...but I have a more intent urge to pray all during the day. \0/ To praise more often \0/ and I do feel i see things in a different way.

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  2. I read this, and the post before it about Nurse Nina. It is always such a breath of fresh air to visit your blog and stay a while. You are able to view the events and circumstances of your life from a heavenly perspective. Even a simple insect as the praying mantis with its folded forelimbs, truly a good reminder for you and me to pray at all times. I loved the quote from Corrie Ten Boom. Your post is another confirmation of what God is also speaking to my heart. Dear kababayan, may you be surround by God's hedge of protection in your line of duty, and beyond. Shalom, Lidia

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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