Friday, April 29, 2011

2011 April 29 - Morning Manna

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
(Mark 1:35)

Today's Morsel:  Often when I'm reading through the Bible, I will come across a passage where someone left home and it was a long time before they returned.  For example, can you imagine what Isaac and Rebekka must have felt, knowing that their son Jacob was gone for twenty years.  Or Jacob having not seen Joseph for all those years he was missing down in Egypt.  Do you ever wonder how long the prodigal son was away from home? What about you?  How long has it been since you've been home? How long has it been since you've spent some quality time with the Lord in prayer and told Him what is on your heart?  Does He still know you as His friend, or has it been so long since you were last at home that He isn't sure if you still consider Him your friend?  Few people get excited about rising early to pray.  But those same few will not think twice about about rising early for secular employment.  Scripture says that Jesus rose a great while before day, and went out into a solitary place and there prayed.  Do you allow the flesh to control you when it is time for prayer?  If the flesh can tempt you to not rise for early morning prayer, it will tempt you to cutoff someone's ear the same as Peter.  Remember it was Peter who slept in the prayer meeting.  

Song:  How long has it been, since you talked with the Lord, and told him your heart's hidden secrets. How long since you prayed, how long since you stayed, on your knees till the light shone through.   How long has it been since your mind felt at ease, how long since your heart knew no burden.  Can you call Him your friend, how long has it been, since you knew that He cared for you

How long has it been, since you knelt by your bed, and prayed to the Lord up in heaven? How long since you knew, that He’d answer you, and would keep you the long night through?  How long has it been, since you woke with the dawn and felt that the day’s worth the living? Can you call Him your friend, how long has it been, since you knew that He cared for you?

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