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Standards And Prayers

"There the thrones for judgement stand, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure" (Psa.122:5-6).

Our Friday's have been dedicated to seeking the peace, happiness and prosperity a Christian wants to find in his or her life, and the 122nd Psalm has been our text. To me, "There the thrones for judgement stand," say that one of the prerequisites for peace and prosperity is linked to standards. What kind of standards, you ask? First and foremost are the standards set for what are the right and wrong things to do in our lives. In the days of the Judges in the Old Testament, the need for a new judge was always punctuated by this; "The Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord" (3:7, 3:12, 6:1, 10:6). Standards of proper behavior cannot be devised by each person. Tried and proven standards of decency cannot be flippantly discarded. The Bible has standards for the sacredness of marriage, the church, law and order, respect for the aged and human life. These must be held near and dear to us if we are to have true peace and prosperity...The next peace and prosperity linkage is found in verse six (6). "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure" The KJV renders it this way; "They shall prosper that love thee..." We can never leave prayer out of our lives if we hope to be happy, peaceful and prosperous... I believe that these attributes are directly attached to prayer. Jesus prayed, "give us this day our daily bread" (Matt.6:11) as he taught us how to pray... The writer of the Epistle of James says (4:1-3) that peace results from prayer, but one of my favorite passages is found in Phil.4:6-7. I cannot end this devotional any better than the Bible's inspired words does; "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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