Good morning. It is Monday, July 6, 2015. Back to work today.
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is telegnosis. Telegnosis is a noun, meaning, “supernatural or occult knowledge; clairvoyance.”
Today is Fried Chicken Day. That doesn’t sound real great at 5:45 AM, but it might sound good later.
We had a nice visit with Rachel and Justin, yesterday, but Christi hasn’t been feeling well for the past couple of days. Something has gotten into her stomach that has her “under the weather,” and she woke up with some kind of catch in her right knee, yesterday morning, as well, so she’s definitely not 100% this morning. We still had a good time, though, yesterday, playing a card game called “Set,” before lunch arrived, ordered from Tony’s Pasta and Pizza. During and after lunch, we watched a movie on Netflix, chosen pretty much at random. The movie was a New Zealand horror film with a comedic flair, called Housebound. It actually turned out to be quite entertaining. I think it surprised us all.
After the movie, Christi went to take a nap, and Rachel and Justin headed home. I just watched some more TV for a bit, until Christi got up. That’s pretty much it for the day.
I’ve been sort of dreading work today. I’m concerned that we might get a double load of receiving today, since UPS did not take off on Friday. Whatever will be, will be, as they say. And “this, too, shall pass.”
For it is a statute for Israel, a rule of the God of Jacob.
He made it a decree in Joseph when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a language I had not known:
“I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.”
(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)
“The Bible is all about God, and that is why the practice of prayer is so pervasive throughout its pages.” When we read the book of Genesis, we find that the patriarchs prayed with stunning familiarity and directness. Consider Abraham’s persistent prayer on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18. Consider Moses’s prayers in Exodus, as he “secured the liberation of Israel from Egypt.” Deuteronomy 4:7 says it well: “For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?”
When we fail to pray, we are not just breaking “some religious rule,” we are failing to “treat God as God.” I had not noticed this before, but in 1 Samuel 12:23, Samuel says to Israel, after they have demanded a king, “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.” Please note that Samuel says that he would be sinning against the LORD if he did not pray for Israel!
Many are familiar with the Psalms of David (along with a few others who composed them), 150 chapters in the middle of our Scriptures. Yes, they are songs, but most of them are also prayers. Solomon built the temple and “dedicated it with a magnificent prayer,” which can be found in 1 Kings 8 and 2 Chronicles 6. In fact, over and over, Solomon prayed that God would hear the prayers of the people. He even prayed that God would hear the prayers of foreigners who found their way to the temple. “Prayer is simply a recognition of the greatness of God.”
In the book of Job, we see Job working through his suffering and pain with prayer. In fact, at the end of the book, God, being angry with Job’s friends, tells them that he will not punish them “only if Job prays for them.” The Old Testament prophets are permeated with prayer. In fact, it very well may have been the main source of the Word of God coming to them. Daniel was nearly executed for his practice of prayer. Nehemiah, as he rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem, accomplished this tremendous feat through prayer and wise leadership.
Moving to the New Testament, we see Jesus teaching his disciples to pray, healing people through prayer, and casting out moneychangers as he called the temple a “house of prayer.” He even said that some demons could only be cast out through prayer. Jesus prayed regularly, sometimes all night. In fact, Jesus died praying.
The book of Acts is filled with instances of the disciples praying together. “All Christians are expected to have a regular, faithful, devoted, fervent prayer life.” The Holy Spirit gives us confidence in prayer, and even helps us when we don’t know how to pray. We are told, by Paul, to “pray without ceasing,” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
“Everywhere God is, prayer is. Since God is everywhere and infinitely great, prayer must be all-pervasive in our lives.”
Father, you are everywhere. Therefore, I should always be praying. If prayer is a sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life, then help me to pray without ceasing. Let prayer be like breathing to me, Lord, as I consider my ways before you. Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth. Father, today has great potential to be a challenging day, both physically and spiritually. May your Spirit guide me through this day, centered around prayer. I’m beginning the day with prayer. I plan to spend the drive to work in prayer and meditation. Help me to remain centered on you through that time, regardless of what I see around me. Help me to stay focused on you throughout the work day, regardless of the circumstances. I desire to be a positive force in this world, for your glory.
I pray for this day. Father, I pray desperately for Christi, this morning. She is not feeling well, at all. I pray for your healing hand to touch her body, whatever is wrong with it. I pray for her to able to make it through this day, or to have wisdom to decide what is best for the day. Be a strong presence in her life today, Father. May you touch Stephanie, Rachel, Justin, and Mama with your great love today.
Your grace is sufficient.
I love how the section of the book ends today. “Everywhere God is, prayer is. Since God is everywhere and infinitely great, prayer must be all-pervasive in our lives.” So very true. May we who call the name of Jesus be constantly in prayer before the greatness of God.
Grace and peace, friends.