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07/24/2012

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How About Sunday Night?


"Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, as was his custom" (Dan.6:10).

OK...What am I doing using the exact same scripture today as I did yesterday? If you remember, I told you that I would take a slightly different slant on this verse. We usually use it to reinforce that we ought to make it our custom to pray, if not three, but several times a day. The number three here does not signify a numbers of times required by God to pray. The KJV says; "as he did aforetime."....The NIV; " just as he had done before." The NAS; "as he had been doing previously." In today's churches, we usually have a Sunday night and mid-week service. Christians are required to meet on "first day of the week to break bread." (Acts 20:7). It is also strongly suggested that we "do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing." (Heb.10:25). So, why do most churches have a Sunday evening and mid-week service? More importantly, are we required to attend? The legal answer is no, but the Pharisees were very legal, and what did Jesus say about them? "Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people" (Acts 2:46-47). This meeting together was not required, but it seems to have become their "custom." I do not believe that it was done to fulfill some legal requirement, but to share time with others in the Lord. It became their custom, just as Sunday night and mid-week services have become ours...Christians observe traditions that truly contribute to their fellowship and to their understanding of themselves as a special people. These shared customs should not be taken in a cavalier manner any more than Daniel took his three time a day prayer custom. Though they are not required, they should become a part of our Christian fiber....

Have a wonderful day....Let your actions do your talking.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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