…and pray

And pray in the spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests (Eph 6:18a).

If Paul was writing a text or a Facebook comment, he would have a dozen exclamation points after the word pray. Prayer releases the amazing power that holds the planets in space, the power that meticulously designed every cell, the unfathomable power that raised Christ from the dead. That same power is at our disposal.

We are urged at the end of the verse to pray for each other. I think of a single woman who, after her mother passed away, wondered if anyone was praying for her. Is anyone praying for you?

We can begin by praying ourselves for others. God knows their needs. And, as you’re reading this, know that you are being prayed for.

Join me…and pray!!!

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Living Victoriously

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can bear (1 Cor 10:13a).

 

 

If you are human, you will be tempted. When Jesus assumed human form, He too was tempted in the same way we are. The deceiver tempted Him with lusts of the flesh—He was hungry (40 days’ worth) and was tempted with food. How often am I too, tempted with covetous desires; with envy.

Jesus was tempted with pride, and as the Son of God, He had every right, but didn’t succumb. My pride can’t so easily be justified.

 

 Christ was tempted to question the goodness and care of the Father. Have you ever questioned God? The enemy is subtle; deception is his game. But Jesus didn’t yield to distrust or any temptation. And we too can resist.

 

His word promises-with every temptation, He will also provide a way of escape. And He who promises is faithful.

 

Time with the Father

Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray (Mark 1:35).

This is the same verse that I used for the last post.  Later in the week my friend Lillian posted a comment that really touched me. I thought it was worth sharing in case some of you missed it:

Jesus left His eternal intimacy with the Father so that we can have a chance at intimacy with Him; knowing that we would squander the opportunity. But we see in this passage that He longed for that connection and sought after, not out of obligation but out of desire.

Early… while it was still dark… He couldn’t wait to get the day started… He couldn’t wait to commune with the Father!

Oh to have that passion, that want, that desire, that need for His presence!

Much to Do

Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray (Mark 1:35).

The words of an old song go something like this, “If you’re too busy for God, Brother, you’re too busy.” What a trick of the deceiver overloading us with demands—work to do, texts and emails to respond to, school commitments, church commitments, sports, friends, exercise, and, oh yes, family. Feed your body, feed your mind, feed your soul. And guilt! if we dare let one of those slip.

In her book, Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh DeMoss says that God gives us enough time to do what He has planned for us to do. He’s not going to leave out the important people or things, and He knows that we also need to relax and refresh.

Plugging in my phone is an important and necessary use of time—so, also, is plugging into the Ultimate Source of Power to recharge.

Life Changing

 

And we all who with unveiled faces reflect (as in a mirror) the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness, with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corin 3:18)

This verse is both humbling and astounding. Have you ever seen the video clip of an infant transforming into a toddler, then to a child, then to a young adult, then finally to an elderly person? Imagine looking into a mirror and watching you—your countenance—being transformed daily to the likeness of Christ Jesus.
How I would love to rush that transformation so that I could reflect His goodness in all situations, His kindness toward the unlovable, His mercy toward the hurting, and His boundless love.

Alone with God

 

In His public ministry, He never taught without using parables; but afterward when He (Jesus) was alone with His own disciples, He explained everything. (Mark 4:34)

God desires our fellowship. He wants us to be part takers of the good things that are found in His word. Although His word never goes out void, just like any relationship, if we only communicated with occasional, random texts, we would not have anywhere near the relationship that we would have by spending time alone with that person.
Through His word and prayer, we can know God intimately. It is where His truth comes alive in our soul.
When He was alone with His own, He explained everything.