The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/01/2008

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"Then Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon,'Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil'" (Luke 7:44-46)

When we think in terms of what Jesus has to offer us, would we pay more attention? If our love for God were judged by the intensity and persistence of our prayers, how apparent would our gratefulness to Him be? This woman who washed Jesus feet, kissed them, and wiped them with her hair, had an obvious love for Him. Her actions showed the fervor of her love for Him, and the appreciation of what forgiveness means. Simon (not Peter) on the other hand paid much less attention to Him. Perhaps he failed to see how much he needed what Jesus had to offer.

Jesus introduced the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18: 1 with these words. "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." This is prayer with persistence. It is not for God's benefit, but for ours. We need to approach God with a convicted heart...To approach His court with faith.

Perhaps one of the reasons we do not get as much out of prayer that we think we ought to is that we just don't put enough into it. Our God cannot be manipulated by prayers. He just is not interested in "curious" or "casual" prayer. These are the words of the Hebrew writer in 11:6. "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." The rewards come to those who are "earnest." Praying is perhaps one of the most significant things we do.

In prayer we are actually talking with our Maker. The way we pray maybe more than anything else, reflects how intense we are in our love for Him.

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

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