Saturday, November 4, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 November 4

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:5-15)

Today’s Morsel:  Why do you pray?  Do you have a daily prayer life?  I find praying as a time of refreshing for me. Praying keeps me in contact with The One that I am living for and longing to see.  In a sense, to me praying is like in olden times when we had to communicate with the one we loved through snail mail.  We would write a letter, put a stamp on the envelope, drop it in the mail, and wait sometimes for weeks for a reply.  Sometimes the reply took longer then we desired to wait, but sooner or later we got an answer.  Somewhat like Daniel who waited for 21 days for his answer.  This is how I see our praying through the eyes of heaven.  Jesus knows what we have need of, but He may use the snail mail approach to help develop our faith. Jesus said the Father already knows what we need.  So, don’t feel as though you must keep repeating it.  Prayer is still the best form of communication for getting things done if we learn to just have faith when we ask and wait.

Sing:  Learning to lean, I’m learning to lean, I’m learning to lean on Jesus.  Finding more power, than I’ve ever dreamed.  I’m learning to lean on Jesus.

Thought For Today:  Prayer is still the best form of communication for getting things done. 

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