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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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OUT OF EGYPT   Leave a comment

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, ATLANTA GA.

OUT OF EGYPT

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

                                                                                       Leviticus 26:13 ESV

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What is your “Egypt?”   If you are a Christian, you will understand that question because of what happened to the Israelites in the old testament of the bible.  We have all experienced a kind of bondage of one sort or another, whether it was as a child or an adult.  It may have been, spiritual, physical, emotional or financial.  For some, that bondage is still a problem.  Regardless of the circumstances, whether past or present, you can experience deliverance from your Egypt.

“How?” you might ask.  The answer is simple, Trust in God!  After all, it was He who brought the Israelites out of Egypt and, and He brought them out with untold riches!  The book of Exodus chronicles the long arduous trek taken by them on their way to the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey.  Not only did they leave their bondage a wealthy people, they were headed for a destination richer than they could ever imagine.  Why, because God loved them.  They were His children, His Chosen People.  He saw their misery and heard their cries for mercy.

Will God do that for you and me today?  Will He bring us out of our bondage wealthy, headed for paradise?  YES!!! Why?  Because of what His son Jesus Christ has done for us.  The Jews at that time only had the promise of a Messiah (savior).  Today we have that Savior who died on a cross of shame for us to absolve us of our sins and make us holy before the Father.

When we turn to God the Father and ask forgiveness for our sins, accept His one and only Son as our Savior and truly repent, we become blameless before Him.  We stand in His presence as sinless children, clothed in garments of pure white no longer stained by sin, delivered from its bondage.  We become heirs to the throne of the King with the promise of everlasting life in a land we can only imagine.  The book of Revelation tells us that Heaven is a place where the streets are paved with gold as clear as glass (Rev. 21:21).

Would you like to be released from your “Egypt?”  The answer is simple.  Trust in God and His Son Jesus to deliver you.  He knows your misery and will hear your cries for mercy.  Leave your bondage behind you and load up on God’s riches, headed for a land that you can only imagine.  Start on your exodus today.

Ex.  12:34-36

Matt. 6:31-34

Phil. 4:19

Rev. 21

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J. Boudreaux, 2012

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