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10/27/2017

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Reliance On prayer


"For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers..." (Eph.1:15-16).

We rejoice over them and sometime weep because of them. What's "them?" Our lives are shaped by events. To put it quite bluntly, things happen... If we actually get more to the point, many of the things that happen in our lives are out of our control. Tomorrow is to be anticipated because it may open up to us new experiences and challenges, or it may bring calamitous weather, fire, natural disasters, or even death. As long as we eat and breath, life and death are before us. Uncertainty about the future is enough to make us want to ball up into a fetal position and hide... As I am framing this dank picture about a future that could be almost unbearable, Christians have a ray of light. When the unknown looms before us, by prayer, believers have an ally for what lies ahead. Few people faced as much turmoil or challenge in their lives as the apostle Paul. He relied on prayer as we see in today's verses to help him face a world that knew virtually nothing about Jesus Christ... He prayed that people would be bought to know Christ, but after that he did not leave them alone. Through prayer, he continued to to be at their sides. Paul wanted his readers to know that he prayed for them, but there's more. He also wanted them to know what his petitions were about. Prayer is a personal talk with God. It is what one says to God.... Properly speaking, what the apostle wrote to the Ephesians was not his prayer, but it was the kinds of things he sought for them in his prayers. The concern of the apostle was for his readers ---- for their spiritual growth and prosperity. Paul set the tone for us, as we are to be concerned about one another in a world of uncertainty... As we pray for others, and ourselves, the chief concern is that God will be glorified in all that we say and do... "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known by God" (Phil.4:5).

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

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