Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

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Read: 1 Timothy 2:8-10; Romans 12:1-2

As we hurtle through the first part of this new century we see an increase in people questioning time-honored standards.  This was plainly detailed recently by a teen pop star- a girl who professes faith in Jesus.  While discussing standards for modesty in how she dresses, she discounted criticism of her skimpy clothing by saying, “That’s so old school.”

This young woman is both right and wrong.  In a sense, she’s right.  The standards of dress for Christians are “old school.” They were written down more than 2,000 years ago.  But her attitude that suggests ancient standards can be set aside is wrong.  In the truest form, the principles in the Bible are not “old” as much as they are timeless.

While written ages ago, they are still fresh and applicable.  As to the question of modesty, when the Bible says women should “adorn themselves in modest apparel” (1 Tim 2:9), it is still true today that we shouldn’t dress to draw attention to ourselves.   A more general principle, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed” (Rom 12:2), is a 2013 command that can guide the question of how we dress.

So weather you’re a pop star or a pew sitter, don’t worry about being “old school” if what you are doing is done according to the Book- Dave Branon

Dear Lord, help us to follow the timeless standards of the Bible in speech, clothing, and other lifestyle matters.  May all we say and do bring glory to You.  Amen.

 Do my choices bring glory to God or draw attention to me?

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 12 July 2013]

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Philippians 4:5-9

5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

[Source: Holy Bible, English Standard Version]

 

A good read.  This message just hit me. I need some “defragmentation” process rightnow…

Read: Psalm 55:1-8

man prayEvery so often, my computer becomes sluggish.  Frequent use of certain programs and documents causes pieces of information to become scattered, requiring my computer to search for the pieces before I can use them.  To fix it, I need to run a program that retrieves the pieces and groups them together where they are easily accessible.  This process is called “defragmentation.”

Like my computer, my life gets fragmented.  One situation tugs on my emotions while I’m trying to concentrate on something else.  Demands from every direction bombard me.  I want to accomplish everything that needs to be done, but won’t start.  Soon I begin to feel weary and useless.

Recently I attended a retreat where one of the handouts included a prayer with words that expressed how I felt: “Lord, I am scattered, restless, and only half there.”

King David also went through such times (Ps55:2).  In prayer, David presented his needs to God morning, noon and evening, confident that he would be heard (v.17) Prayer can help to defragment our lives.  When we cast our cares on the Lord, He will show us what we need to do and what only He can do. – Julie Ackerman Link

O Lord, we bring our restless hearts to You in fervent prayer; now help us wait expectantly while resting in Your care – Sper

We need prayer the most when we have the least time to pray.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 2 Feb 2013]

Read: 1 Samuel 1:1-18

woman-praying-silhoutte1Few things disable new workers on a job like criticism from veterans.  Good hiring managers know to protect new employees by surrounding them with mentors willing to shield them from unnecessary barbs.

Hannah is a mentor to us in dealing with criticism and deep desires of the heart (1 Samuel 1:1-18), Surrounded by a husband who didn’t understand a taunting peer, and an overly judgmental clergyman, Hannah found a way through the fog by confiding in God (v.10).  While we now know God answered the prayer of Hannah’s heart by giving her a child, we don’t know for sure if Eli’s blessing was a wish or a promise from God (v.17).  I think her no-longer-sad face came most of all because she gained peace from confiding in Him.

We were created to be in a relationship with God; and when we take that relationship to an intimate level, it bonds us not only to His presence but also to His strength.  Prayers that express our hurts and emotions are most assuredly welcomed by God because they demonstrate our trust in Him.  We will often find perspective, and nearly always come away comforted, knowing we’ve entrusted the things that are troubling us- whether criticism or deep desire- to the One who is best able to sort through them. –Randy Kilgore

 The kindest Friend I’ve ever had is One I cannot see, yet One in whom I can confide, who loves and blesses me. – Shuler

In prayer, it’s better to have a heart without words than words without heart.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 03 January 21, 2013]