Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 June 23 - Morning Manna

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1).

Today's Morsel:  From the time that Jesus taught His disciple to pray, prayer seemed to be their focused.  They understood that more things were done through prayer than the arm of man.  When the division arose in Acts 6, because the Grecian widows weren't being used in the daily administration of the church, scripture says, "Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:2-4). Sorry, they said, but we don't have time for this, you need to choose others to care for this matter, because it's not worth us leaving the Word of God to serve tables.  We will give ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.  Are you so caught up with doing things that you don't have time for prayer and ministering the Word of God?  Someone said that seven day without prayer makes one weak.  Through much counsel with many Christians who struggle in their faith and walk with God, they always say to me, 'I don't pray as often or as much as I should.'  Isn't it amazing that they already know what their problem is.  Many Christians seem to be lazy when it comes to prayer.  Maybe it's because they don't know how to pray. Even the disciples of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to pray.  Do you know how to pray?  Prayer isn't about time, it's about quality.  It's the quality of time you spend with Jesus.  It's allowing Him to talk with you just as much as you talk with Him.  If you are presenting your needs to Him, what do you do when He presents His needs and desires to you?  You may say that Jesus doesn't have any needs. Yes, He does.  He needs you to be faithful and an example  in prayer  and a witness for Him before others.  He may even need you to go and tell others about Him.  But if you don't listen for His needs, how will they know?  The old adage the family that prays together stays together is true.  If a husband and wife and children don't pray together, they won't stay together, but they will soon be fragmented and separated.  Jesus said that if you pray you won't quit.  Having troubles in your home?  Try praying together and see what happens.

Sing: Hear my cry O' God, attend unto my prayer, from the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee, and when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to that Rock that is higher than I, so much higher than I!

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