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05/22/2015

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"Father. hear the prayer we offer; Nor for ease that prayer shall be, But for strength that we may ever Live our lives courageously.
Let our path be bright or dreary, Storm or sunshine be our share; May our souls in hope un-weary Make Thy work our ceaseless prayer."

From "Father Hear The Prayer Offer" Words by Love M. Willis 1856

I would submit to all of you and myself, that we ought to be prayerful people. Prayer is a wonderful friend, but do we make enough use of it? I am often intrigued that when a tragic event takes place in the world, that the reporter bringing the story will end it with something like this.... "Our prayers go out to...." It is so easy to say that our prayers are going out, but another thing all together to mean it and actually say the prayer. Prayer is that lofty expression of trust and submission, and is our inseparable union with God. Some people pray when they have given up all human hope, and I get that. In my humble opinion, however, prayer should not be a last resort, but a first... Jesus wanted us to pray so much, that he dedicated a part of the Sermon On The Mount to it. When you get a bit of time today, read and meditate upon Matt.6:5-14... I admit being a fan of the hymn "Father Hear The Prayer We Offer." There are four verses that are also worth reading and contemplating. The last verse reflects almost everyone's lives. Our daily walk might be bright or dreary, and storm or sunshine may be our share. We should never get tired of praying because it is where hope begins... "May our souls in hope un-weary, Make Thy work our ceaseless prayer..." The reading from Matt.6 tells us that Jesus wants us to be prayerful people, and Paul's teachings certainly echo His. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God" (Phil.4:6).... "Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ" (1 Thess.5:17-18). Second on my list of the kind of people we ought to be is prayerful people....

Have a great day... T G I F Today God Is First... Love mark Phil.4:11

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