– Jan 2nd
In Reply To
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; 17: pray continually; 18: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
I don't know about ya'll but when I would hear, just pray about it, it didn't quite register with me on how I could pray about everything and sit back a wait. I'm an instant person and waiting isn't a strong trait of mine. For one, I want to just move on to the next and not let my life revolve around that one situation and as I get older, I'm afraid I'll forget what I just prayed about! Well, as I read in my devotional tonight, I read out of Mark 9:14-32 about "The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit"
and how the disciples that were trying to heal the boy couldn't even after Jesus had gave them the power and authority to do so. Why ? Well, Beth Moore had gave several reasons behind it such as their most powerful influences were absent (3 of the leading disciples were with Jesus up on a mountain praying), some of the strongest negative influences were present (those more educated were present) & Prayer is the critical element of faith. Which leads me to what I wanted ya'll to think about. How quickly I tend to forget that Jesus prayed about everything and every situation. The disciples were trying to heal the boy through their strength instead of seeking the greatness and power of God through prayer and asking him to demonstrate His authority. Beth Moore went on to saying: 'You see, without prayer, we return to our own ability rather than to God. True prayer, not just mindless, half hearted petitions, is what digs the well God wants to fill with faith.'
Another food for thought: Our life with God is filled with ups and downs, with passions and problems, and we cannot see the big picture. By the time God answers a prayer, we have forgotten we asked! What seemed as impossible (Genesis 17:19 Abraham & Sarah have a baby late in life) has happened, and we take it for granted rather than receive it as a gift. One of my New Years resolutions is to pay better attention to the gifts I receive from God daily, weekly and month and thank him more and more.
In my Beth Moore Devotional tonight I came across so MANY things I'd like to share! I'll only share one tonight & hope it moves you like it moved me.