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06/17/2008

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"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" (Matt. 6:6).

I would like to continue some thoughts on the benefits of being with our God, "one on one." In today's scripture, Jesus counseled His disciples to pray in secret. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, God's people are encouraged to develop a personal relationship with Him. Lets take a look at some of the reasons.

The first benefit is that we want to draw nearer to our God. God is found by those who actively seek Him. David encouraged his son Solomon of this in 1 Chr. 28:9. This is what Azariah told the king Asa in 2 Chr 15: God draws near to those who draw near to Him. Do you want a closer walk with God?

The next advantage of private devotions is to receive spiritual nourishment. Matt. 4:4 tells us that we cannot live by bread alone, "but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." We need the spiritual food that nourishes the soul. Spiritual growth comes from the Word of God. We are born again through the incorruptable seed, and continue to grow by the Word of God. God's Word provides the spiritual strength we need to fight the spiritual battles of life. The Word of God provides such help. Do we want a stronger spiritual life?

Finally, we need to be with our Lord in private to find peace and stability in our lives. We live in a world so filled with anxiety.....Prayer provides the antidote. Paul tells the Philippians in 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." We live in a world with so many pitfalls. God's Word keeps us from falling. "But your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path"....."Great peace have they that love your law, and nothing can make them stumble" (Psa. 119: 105, 165). Do we want inner peace and outer stability?

More than ever, we need to take time to draw near to God, to receive spiritual nourishment, to find peace and stability. The good habit of daily, private devotions can go a long way.....More tomorrow

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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