Prayer Changes Me

Today is Sunday, August 28, 2016. 47 days until Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” – Victor Hugo

Word of the Day

Kith – acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group.

Today is Pony Express Day. This day celebrates the mail delivery system of the late 1800s. Sadly, it only existed for eighteen months, from April 3, 1860 to October of 1861. It was a very dangerous occupation.

We had a wonderful day with R & J yesterday. After they arrived, we gave J his birthday gifts, and then decided where to have lunch. We wound up going to one of our regular places, Hoffbrau. As usual, it was quite delicious. Afterward, we came home and had cake that C made for J’s birthday. It was chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Yum!! Very Yum!!

We watched some videos on Youtube, then they left around 5:30. R was tired, and had agreed to work a 12 hour shift at the hospital today, so she needed to get some rest. Things are going well for her, though, and that makes us very happy. J is also very happy at his work place, so that is also very good.

We are getting ready for our worship gathering this morning. We worship with The Exchange Church. We meet at 10:15 at the Northpark YMCA at 9100 N. Beach St., Fort Worth, TX.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.
Psalm 107:10-16

Sometimes, we get into situations that appear to be hopeless. Some of those situations are due to our own actions, while others are due to actions of others, totally outside of our control. Either way, there is no way out. “And then God rescues us: from Egypt, from Babylon, from Calvary, from sin, from death.”

“Shatter the doors of bronze that shut me up in guilt, O God; cut the bars of iron that lock me into doubt. Release me into the free land of the forgiven; lead me into the open spaces of faith for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

What’s the Good of Prayer?

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Prayer is not a normal part of the normal man’s life. Do we believe that a man will suffer if he does not pray? It is not necessarily so. However, what will suffer is the life of the Son of God in a believer, “which is nourished not by food, but by prayer.” We can either starve that life or feed that life, and one of the most important ways to feed it is through prayer.

“Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament.” We tend to see prayer as a means of getting things from God. We might deny that, but, if we’re honest, we have to admit it. Most people only pray when they need something from God. Maybe they’ve come to the “end of their rope,” exhausted all other possible solutions to a problem. So, finally, they pray. And then what do they say? “It’s in God’s hands now!” When was it not in God’s hands? The Bible sees prayer as a way to get God. When we pray, that is what we should be after.

Certainly it is not wrong to ask God for things. Jesus told us to. “Ask, and God will do.” Again, though, most of us tend to wait until we are at our wits’ end. “Be yourself before God and present your problems, the things you know you have come to your wits’ end over. As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.”

Does prayer change things? Not so much as it changes me. When I pray, faithfully, it changes the way I look at things.

Father, I still need you to help me pray correctly. I’m still not even sure what that means. Teach me the ways of Jesus in prayer. I know the “Model Prayer.” I’ve had it memorized for years. I even pray it verbatim sometimes, trying not to just be saying “vain repetitions.” But I still need your Spirit to mold me into the kind of pray-er that you desire me to be. Prayer has changed me. And I have recently seen some answered prayers that have shaken my world. I praise you for those. Keep working in me to change me.

Come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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