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Maintenance Required

Father, yesterday was a little unusual but thank You for the opportunities given. The day did not pan out as I had planned but Your will was done and that is all the better!

One home project I was able to see to completion yesterday was to clear out some brush that had been encroaching onto our driveway. I had done it some time ago but it had grown a good four feet into where we park (see picture above – darker limestone is where the brush had grown over!). The maintenance was a long time coming.

Lord, as we examine our spiritual lives we realize that kind of laxity can have a lot more impact than a loss of parking space. It is easy to let things begin to encroach upon our time with You – things that are not bad in and of themselves but take up space and time that are more effectively used otherwise.

Prayer is an essential part of our relationship with You but so often we crave that 30 more minutes of shut eye or we get caught up in the latest Facebook posts from friends and families. What is more important?

Reading and thinking on Your Word gives us a depth and understanding to carry us through the many ups and downs of life but to carve out one more slot of time in the morning seems to be an insurmountable challenge. And forget about trying to do it before bed, we’re worn out and ready to drop. But again…what is more important?

Lord, we require maintenance. To accomplish what You need of us, we must keep communication lines open. The clutter of the non-essentials of life can not only slow it down but it can sometimes bring it to a grinding halt.

Help me, Lord, to clear out the obstructions. Help me to create the most needed time in my schedule for time with You – not just quantity but quality time. Give me a burning desire for what is truly important. Amen.

July 30th, Sun, 6:32 am

You Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours

There have been too many things clamoring for my attention this morning, Father. I should have been here sooner. Enable me to focus on what is important and to truly hear what you have to say to me. Amen.

Jude 1:17-21 (<<click green)

In my house, a wonderful gift exchange is “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” This may occur in other circumstance but we both love having our backs scratched! 🙂

Another mutually beneficial act – and one of much greater importance is keeping ourselves safe in God’s love and Jude encourages us to do this by building each other up in our “most holy faith” by praying in the “power of the Holy Spirit.” as weawait the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ…” “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” We are a family and we should have each other’s back- and not just for scratching! Every opportunity we get we should encourage each other. Our world is way too full of negativity and put downs. Lift each other up!

We must pray for each other, regularly! Absolutely nothing can accomplish what prayer can, especially when we “pray in the power of the Holy Spirit” and not our own. Pray for each other!

Lord, You are coming and we should be doing everything we possibly can to help each other as we ready ourselves for Your imminent return. Help us, Lord, I pray. Amen.

May 31st, Wed, 9:12 am

Pray for One Another

This is not a regular post but I wanted to ask for your prayers, please.

My father-in-law, Bill, recently took a spill and as a result broke his hip. He has been in the hospital for the last few days where they have been working at thickening his blood – he has been on coumadin (a blood thinning medication) for almost 50 years. They are pretty much where they need to be with it so they are planning on a full hip replacement early Thursday morning. If you would, please keep Bill, his wife Betty, and the rest of the family in your prayers. Thank you.

Prayer of the Righteous

As Your word is before me, Father, I would ask that You open its truths to me. May I glean from it the wisdom You have instilled in it. Implant it in my heart. May it flourish and bear fruit in my life. Amen.

James 5:13-18 (<<click here)

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” v16b

The importance of prayer is obvious and as Paul admonishes us, we must “never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 That seems like a formidable task, especially when we think of positions in which we pray – eyes closed and head bowed in church or at home. How can we possibly “never stop praying”? The act of prayer is essential but our position of prayer is fluid.

Lord, You commanded us in Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Growing up my family made a point of beginning every long distance trip with prayer. We all would bow our heads and close our eyes and my father, our driver, would say that he would, “Watch and pray.”

So in life, we can pray in absolutely any circumstance – anytime, anywhere, with anyone, or all alone. But regardless of the when’s and the where’s, regardless of the position of our bodies, one thing that is of utmost importance is the condition of our souls.

In James’ statement if our prayers are to be effective we must be “righteous” which is a state of being right with God. We must be justified before God – we must be recipients of His forgiveness. To be justified communicates that idea that we are placed in a position in which it can be said that it is “just as if I’d” never sinned.

Lord, if I am to be effective in my prayers for You I must be diligent about keeping myself in right standing before You. Help me to keep myself pure. If I stumble or fall may I immediately ask for forgiveness. May I be the child You need me to be and may my prayers produce “wonderful results.”  Amen.

Oct 10th, Mon, 6:23 am

Pray about Praying

As I looked out this morning and saw the fog, obscuring the world around me, it makes me think, Father, as the warmth of the sun will soon disperse the fog, I would have the loving warmth of Your Son disperse the fog in my heart and mind at this early hour. May I see clearly what you have for me this day. Amen.

James 4:2-3 (<<click here)

“…you don’t have…because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong…”

Prayer. Lord, why do I struggle so with prayer? The deepening of our relationship has surely brought new depth to my prayer life but I still have a lot to learn.

I realize that prayer is a big part of how I communicate with You and how You speak with me, as well. But I read of great prayer warriors of the past who would pray for hours and then would testify to the many great things You did in their lives and in the lives of others. I have to ask, “How did they do that?”

It seems a little odd to pray about praying but I do. I want my prayer life to be effective. Regarding this passage my study Bible* says,

“James mentions the most common problems in prayer: not asking, asking for the wrong things, or asking for the wrong reasons.”

Lord, I don’t have all the answers, for sure, but I would pray, first of all, that I would remember to pray. May praise be in my heart and on my lips for the many blessings You bestow. May my prayers be pleasing to You – things that will bring myself and others closer to You and closer to fulfilling Your kingdom goals in the world around us. And then may my motives be pure… It’s hard to not selfishly pray that ones we love will not be taken from us or that they will not have to suffer, through pain and loss. Those things can draw us closer to You. Yet sometimes Your healing touch brings great glory to your name.

Grant me a discerning spirit. Give me boldness to claim Your blessing. But through it all may I be humble and grateful for all You do. Amen.

Sept 19th, Mon, 6:28 am

*Life Application Bible New Living Translation