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Devote Yourselves to Prayer

March 15, 2019

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Devote Yourselves to Prayer

A question we all need to ask ourselves:   Are we praying  like we should?     The Bible tells about the many prayers  of God’s children  since the beginning of time.     It even tells  about the Lord’s Prayer,  where Jesus instructed the disciples  on how to pray  rightly.     The Psalms are filled  with all sorts of prayers.     From beginning to end,  God’s word emphasizes  the importance  of prayer  for mere human beings — like us  —  whoever we might be.

There’s a reason for that.     We need  to learn the necessity  of prayer  in our feeble lives.     When we see  so very many examples  of prayer  throughout the Bible — and see how God answered those prayers — we should admit  how very much we need prayer  in our lives.     There is so much in life  that we have absolutely  no control over.     Instead of  proudly struggling  on our own,  we need to realize  our helplessness  and turn  to our Lord  in prayer.     Only He is able  to provide the things  we have no control over.

Paul instructs us  in Colossians 4:2,

Devote yourselves to prayer,  keeping alert in it  with an attitude of thanksgiving.

We know there are tons  of things we need  in this life.     We need to fess up  to our needs  and ask the Almighty  to help us.     Our needs are so deep  that we are doomed to misery,  unless we obey the instruction  to devote yourselves to prayer.”

There is no way we can afford  to proudly kick God  out of our lives.     Our eternal lives  also depend on our learning  to go to God every day,  and faithfully trusting  His eternal love  for us  in Jesus Christ.

It is an absolute honor and privilege  to be called  the holy children of God,  and to be able  to go into the very presence  of the Almighty  any time we want,  and there,  petition for our needs — just as a little child will ask his daddy and mommy  for the things  he needs.

As we go  to our heavenly Father  in prayer every day,  let us look to Him  “with an attitude of thanksgiving.”     We need to do that  because all  of our blessings come  from Him — even the ones we didn’t  “ask”  for,  but got anyway.     It’s just a way  of showing our love and trust.

As we pray  with grateful hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You give me everything I need — even the discipline  and testings necessary  for a real faith  that is refined  like pure gold.     Thank You for wanting  to live in my heart  and give me an eternal home  with You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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