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08/28/2008

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Always Add Prayer

"And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for the saints" (Eph. 6:18).

To know God, to love Him, to depend on Him requires that we talk with Him. Isn't it the same in our everyday life? It is so necessary that we communicate with the people we care for. Sometimes the talk is short, just to let them know you care. Sometimes it is longer, involving more important issues.

As Christians, we rob ourselves of our birthright when we fail to pray. As Paul brings his letter to the Ephesian chuch to a close here, his reminder to them in the end is to pray. In v 19, he requests that they pray for him. "Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given to me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel" In today's scripture, Paul uses superlatives. The word "all" is significant. It is with "all prayer" that one is to live; prayer is to be "on all occasions."

Just as it hardly seems right to talk with a friend only when he can do something for us, it hardly seems right to talk with God only when we are in trouble. In some religions, prayer is worked into a daily "routine." The Jews, for example, set aside certain hours of the day to pray (Acts 3:1). Three times a day in some religions seems to be the correct amount. Prayer as a mechanical exercise hardly seems to be the kind of personal approach to God that Paul commends. Ideally, God's people need no chimes from a clock in order to lift up hearts and words to God. He is a Friend and Father, never far from their minds.

Prayer is complex, but may I offer three things that it typically does. First, prayer is praise. The opening words of Jesus' model prayer in Matthew 6:9 starts, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name." We pray because we want to worship. Second, prayer is a petition. Worship and petition are sometimes indistinguishable. A Christian has faith that God will intervene in human affairs. God will do what human effort cannot. Because we recognize God's rule, we pray. In a sense, petition is worship.

Third, prayer is communion. The one who prays talks with the Father, a Brother, and a Friend. The soul is refreshed from being near to God. We confess and listen. In everything, always add a prayer.....

Have a wonderful day....Let your light shine for Him...Talk with Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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