Becoming a Praying Mantis or Womantis

I was in the FFA barn the other day when I came across a very large Mantis (otherwise known as a “Praying Mantis”). I was startled at first (because the big guy was literally just inches away from my face… he could have killed me!), but then after shaking it off I decided to snap a picture. Praying Mantids are exceptional insects. They have very strong forelegs that fold together, allowing them to capture their prey, and hold on tightly to it (while they eat it). Because of this, they are able to continue their existence.

Human beings have something very similar to this in our lives. We have prayer. Prayer is strong, and as we fold our hands to pray, this act of faith becomes the very thing that allows us to hold on tightly (when life gets rocky, or in any season for that matter). Because of prayer, we are able to continue our existence. Life will go on because God is present with us – and we truly feel the presence of God as we pray (and as others pray for us!). That’s why Paul encourages the Church to “pray without ceasing,” and why Samuel Shoemaker reminds us that, “prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things.”

So fold your hands, hold on tight, and become a Praying Mantis (or Praying Womantis)!!

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Steven Bell

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