“Faithful In Prayer”
June 25, 2010
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“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.”
Prayer is a foundational expression of faith. We speak but cannot see the One to whom we speak. We listen, not with our physical sense of hearing, but rather the spiritual inner heart. Jesus says in John 4, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” The effects of our prayers are often not immediate and at times seem ambiguous, at least from our perspective. Bluntly we may wonder if prayer really does any good.In Colossians 4:2 Paul offers a similar verse to today’s text: “Devote yourselves to prayer.” In fact in the Greek it is the very same phrase. The sense of “devote” implies a strong attachment, allegiance, and affection for someone or something; in this case, prayer and the act of praying. It would include one’s passion, time, and needed resources. One who is devoted is passionate in his commitment and consistency and will not be disloyal, inconsistent, or indifferent. This character description should give us a mental picture of one who is devoted to prayer.
“Faithful” is in the present imperative which denotes that we are to continually, habitually follow this command. It is to be one’s continual way of life (lifestyle). This Scriptural call is not a suggestion but a command to make it our habitual practice. Remember that whatever God commands of us He also provides the grace and empowerment through His Spirit to carry out.Someone has well said that “Prayer is the breath of the Christian life and almost nothing decays so fast in the fallen human heart as the desire to pray.” In other words, nothing is more vital than prayer in Christian existence, and few things are more vulnerable to neglect. We must come back to it again and again and stoke the fire lest, out of neglect, it becomes nothing more than useless cold embers. Most Christians will confess the difficulty of maintaining a regular and effective prayer life. The reason is not difficult to discern. If Satan can keep us out of touch with God, he will not have to worry about any trouble we might cause for his evil kingdom.
Believing friend, when we are prayed up our allurement to sin is far less appealing, our spirit is strengthened, and our communion with God becomes the anchor which holds us steady in the daily stresses and major events of our life.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily Prayer: Father, the clamor for our heart’s devotion comes from many sources and often overpowers the beckoning command from Scripture to devote ourselves daily to prayer. As we are faithful in prayer we have power to overcome the enemy and intensify our love and devotion to You. We know that prayer is not optional for the believer, but an ordinance from the Bible. You who created us knows what will sustain us and keep us from falling into the hands of our enemy. Help us to be faithful in prayer so that we will be also be joyful in hope and patient in affliction. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Yesterday Tom, a longtime friend from northern PA, commented on the message “Patient in Affliction” and suggested reading Psalm 66. I note verses 10-12 are especially pertinent to the topic.
I was visiting some men in a factory in the course of our chaplain work yesterday and noticed this scene outside of one of the shipping docks. I suppose this is not a common sight for too many of our readers where they work!
The wheat is cut and then stacked in shocks to dry. It will be gathered and the grain will be removed with a thresher (see photo). I spoke to my friend Elvin, a member of an old order group yesterday, and he told me that the children will help in pitching up the wheat onto the wagons. That would be a great photo!
We stopped by a friend’s house for a visit late yesterday afternoon and Daniel invited me to sit up on his cart. It was a pleasurable sight to watch him riding along on his cart as he was delivering some plants to neighbors. I thought you’d get a sense of how miniature the horse is if I sat on the cart. Some dog breeds are bigger than these horses.
Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
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“I Must Tell Jesus” Video Mark Jones and the Cornerstone Church Choir. We are both greatly blessed by this hymn and this particular version. The soloist sings with such earnest expression. A line in this hymn has often spoken to my heart and is so needed today:
O how my heart is tempted to sin,
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the vic’-t’ry to win.
“I Need Thee Every Hour” Video Selah (Includes an eclectic mix)
“Give Me Jesus” Video Fernando Ortega Includes some very touching video clips from the funeral service for Ruth Bell Graham. It shows you the power of prayer in a woman whose life was fully devoted to God.