The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Simply Prayer

"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray" (Jas.4:13a).

James began this letter (1:5) with instructions about prayer. He told his readers that anyone who lacked wisdom was to "ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault..." It should be noted first that God hears those who ask in faith. Prayer is not supposed to be a mere "ritual" that is somehow woven into one's daily routine. Prayers are to be offered in faith with the confidence that a loving Father hears... According to His will, God is able to step into human affairs in response to requests. It is a "double-minded" person that offends the majesty of God when he or she asks while doubting that God exists or that He even cares.... Few practices are as universally within the habits and make-up of literally all religious folks as prayer. Today, here in NJ, there will be an 80% solar eclipse that begins at 1:20PM and reaches its fullest at 2:45PM... As a person with a science background, I find the precise numbers involved in this phenomena to be staggering, as it testifies to the existence of a power beyond our own. Even if nothing else were involved, I would want to have a relationship with that being. Through prayer there is! To be religious is to seek a relationship with that awesome power. The steps you ask? (1) 1st to listen, (2) 2nd to obey, (3) 3rd to pray.... That prayer is to be an integral and very personal part of the Christian's life is a gimme... James emphasized two other aspects... First, prayer is a community act in which we offer prayers for one another. Second, he used the examples of men and women of faith from the past... As God heard the prayers of godly people in the past, He will hear ours too. This week will be devoted to prayer. To get a flavor for it, read Jas.5:13-20...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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