Open sky. This is so lovely. You can meet the Lord outside in the nature, in his wonderful creation. Pray to Jesus, the Fader and the Holy spirit outside, under the open sky.
Text and photo: Carl Grinde Date: July 7, 2014
My other church in the pine forest
It was here I started praying to God outdoors in May 2014
I have beleived in God all my life and I have been praying to him outdoors before. Anyway this "Open sky outdoors prayers" I'm doing now started in the pine forest and not by the woodland lake. Here are photos from where I began to pray to God outdoors in May 2014. I took the bike to the forest to find a good, private and good looking place. I left the bike, walked and I found a good spot. After some days of prayer there I was amazed. When I looked up among the trees I saw an opening among the tree tops and it almost had the shape of a cross or a peace dove. For me, it feels like a sign from God. Like he is saying: Hi Carl welcome! The first photo is just nearby the church.
I experience that God quite often answers my prayers and that he gives me more support the more I pray and honor him. I always pray for spiritual protection for my mind and I encourage you to do the same for you. I pray that he will help me to overcome sin. I always say the Father's prayer and also confession of my sins. I pray for a little bit of everything, and I praise and thank Jesus Christ for his sacrifice and my salvation. I praise and thank God for the wonderful creation, the beautiful planet I live on, that he has created life. I adress his name as Jesus Christ's God, Moses's God, Noah's God, Abraham's God, Sarah's God, King David's God, Isaiah's God, Matthew's God, Mark's God, Luke's God, John's God, Paul the Apostle's God etc. I say that I pray to the God described in the christian Bible named "I am". I also pray to Jesus Christ as God and I praise him for his love, courage, strength, mercy and forgiveness.
(Update July 5 2018: Jesus has been faithful to me and kept me away from sin. God's mercy, Jesus Christ's Holy Spirit, my repentence, my change of heart - turning my life away from sin and starting to live a new life in God has been steady and sucessfull. Nowadays I don't say confession of my sins the same way I used to do when I made this page. God has helped me overcome sinfullness and He has forgiven me. Thank you Jesus! And the Father's prayer - yes I pray it quite often but not in every prayer session.)
In the world but not of it
When the Bible says that we shall not be to much involved in the world, then what is ment is corrupt and ungodly political systems and sinful lifestyles, greed, immorality, sexual sins etc. That is what the Bible means when it sometimes says: "the world".
The Bible does not encourage us to hate God's creation, the beauty of life, flowers, landscapes, nature etc.
The world is a wonderful creation made by our heavenly father. "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." But the creation is not holy and the creation is not God. The creator, our origin God is holy. He is God.
Sadly the end of the world is very near. Make sure you are saved, that Jesus Christ recognizes you as his friend.