Here are three lessons we can learn from a Praying Mantis.
God designed a praying mantis' to appear to be praying. Their front arms are always in a bent position hence the name praying mantis. We can use this example in nature to remind us to pray to our heavenly Father daily. We should always be in a pray position no matter the circumstance or level of busyness that fills our day. God wants us to pray, be in communication with Him at all times. This means telling God about your day, your struggles, goals, accomplishments, feelings, etc. When we are in constant communication with our Lord, the problems, temptations, and struggles we face are diminished and God's presence, mercy, love, and strength are illuminated. Prayer is one of the most powerful tools God has given us, direct communication with God Almighty! Don't underestimate the power of prayer!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6b-7
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. - Daniel 6:10b-11
But you, when you pray,go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. - Matthew 6:6
And He said to them, “It is written,‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ - Matthew 21:13a
“But of that day and hourno one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only theFather. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. - Mark 13:32-33
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— - Ephesians 6:17-18
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; - Philippians 1:3-6
A praying mantis is known to be very patient with its prey. They are extremely still and watch every movement the prey makes before lunching with its front arms to capture it. They have to be still and patient since their prey includes quick crickets. We sometimes, often than not, respond or react before taking the time to think about the situation, listen to the Holy Spirit's guidance, and act/respond accordingly. If we were more patient we would save ourselves a lot of misunderstanding, trouble, and hurt.
Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah - Psalm 4:4
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. - Psalm 23
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah - Psalm 46:10-11
A praying mantis is one of the only insect species that can turn its head 180 degrees. With a wider view, these insects are difficult to sneak up on. As Christians, we need a wide view to see the dangers around us such as the devil's schemes, and to learn from past mistakes, sins, and losses. We also need a wide view to see God's hand at work. When we focus on the piece of the puzzle instead of the puzzle as a whole, it can cause us to be depressed, discouraged, and disgruntled. However, when we focus on God's masterpiece we can see the beauty and purpose that each puzzle piece brings to the entirety. We will never know the reason some things happen or the complete purpose for certain circumstances, but when we focus on God's artistic hand and wise mind, we can gain some comfort, peace, and encouragement during difficult moments.