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PRAYER   Leave a comment

PRAYER

And all these things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

                                              Matthew 21:22 KJV

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I am sure that if you ask ten people for a definition of prayer that you would get ten different definitions, probably all revolving around the same thing . . . talking to and listening to God.  Basically that is just what it is. Maybe it is asking God to provide something for us or our family. Possibly it could be just praising God for His goodness and mercy. And then again, maybe it is venting our frustrations to Him. Whatever the situation, honest prayer is nothing more than a conversation with God.  Most of the time we talk and He listens. However, very often He talks and we listen.  Many times, though, we ignore Him, fall asleep, are too busy to pay attention, etc.

The interesting thing about prayer is that you don’t need to have any special training, or tools, or special rooms or “fellow prayers”.  Just yourself and a willing heart.  You can pray while you are driving or mowing the lawn.  You can be cooking or on a beach and pray.   Sitting at your desk is a good place to pray.  The possibilities are endless.

A prayer may be as simple as “Lord, give me a safe trip to the office/shopping”, or “Lord, thank you for another day”.  It could be lengthier, such as when we are praying for the resolution of a particular problem.  It doesn’t matter how short or long it is, but rather how we approach it.  That is, lifting our prayer to the Lord and believing that what we ask for will be given to us.  Jesus tells us in John chapter 16, verses 23 and 24 that if we ask anything of the Father in His name, He will give it to us.  And He will give it to us that our joy may be full. Persistence is another factor to take into consideration.  In Luke chapters 11 and 18 Jesus tells us that if we are persistent, our prayers will be answered.

Prayer is also an excellent way  to praise  our heavenly Father.   As the song says  “Our God is an awesome God . . .” and we need to tell that we believe that.  The Psalms are full of praises to our Lord and many of them can be used communicate our feelings to the Father rather than compose our own.

Whether you are a new Christian or a long time believer, the process is the same; believe and be persistent.  And of course, never stop praising God for his mercy and grace.  If you don’t have a regular prayer routine, start one today and resolve to continue it on a regular basis.  You’ll be surprised at how easy it is and you’ll wonder why you’ve waited so long.

J. Boudreaux

SUGGESTED READINGS

Matthew 7: 7, 8

1 John 5: 14, 15

Jeremiah 29: 12

John 14: 13, 14

Matthew 6: 6 – 8

Psalm 91: 14-16

Psalm 100

Psalm 101

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ENEMIES AND VICTORY   Leave a comment

He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. (NIV)

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                                                                 Ps. 91:2

Enemies.  We all have had them, or have them today, in one way or another in our lives.  The mere sound of the word strikes fear in the hearts of many.  An enemy can be either real as in a playground bully or imagined as in an unfounded fear that someone wishes us harm.  Not many of us have real enemies as did king David.  He was hounded and pursued by king Saul because Saul was jealous of David’s abilities and personality.  Saul was afraid that David was after his throne.

Today many of us are hounded by other types of enemies, such as alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual disorders, depression, eating disorders, etc.  These are not new to mankind, just more publicized and talked about openly in society. As  a matter of fact, the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that ” we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.    (KJV).”  In other words Satan is our enemy and he uses a myriad of ailments, conditions, destructive habits and substances to destroy us.  The sad part about it is that we are defenseless against these enemies unless we depend on the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is OMNIPOTENT.  He has the power to defeat all methods used by Satan to bring us down.  But we have to trust Him.  And to do that all we need is faith. A belief that God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  That’s it!  Believe in Jesus Christ.  Believe that He loves us so much that He would do anything to keep us from eternal damnation.  To keep us from failure, self-destruction, disease; you name it.

Who are your enemies today? Want victory over them? Use God’s armor as described in Ephesians 6:10 – 17; armor that is more powerful than any nuclear weapon devised by man.  But more importantly believe it because it was forged by the hand of God and that victory will be yours.

J. Boudreaux 2012

SUGGESTED VERSES:

Ps. 35

Ps. 44:4-7

Ps. 91

Isa. 43:2

John 14:11

2 Thes. 3:3

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NOTE: All original written material or original graphics are my property (unless otherwise noted), can only be used or reproduced with my written permission and must contain a link or reference to http://contemporarymusings.wordpress.com when use is permitted. ALL LINKS REFERENCED ON Quiet Streams ARE UNSOLICITED AND THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG IS NOT COMPENSATED IN ANY FORM, MONETARILY OR OTHERWISE.

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