Pray Without Ceasing
I have to remind my self as much as I remind others: when Jesus died and rose again, along with forgiveness of sins, and peace with God…He afforded me unrestricted access to the throne of God. I can talk to my heavenly Father any time I want. In the Old Testament priests could come to God only during sacrifice and after making themselves CLEAN. Do I take advantage of that? Do I pray like someone with 24/7 access to unlimited power and wisdom? Or do I pray like a priest, who isn’t clean, and only at certain times and on certain days?
The Bible tells us that we can “come boldly to the throne of grace”, but let me say also, we don’t have to leave the throne.
We can keep an open dialogue with our Father in heaven, He cares for us.
After a really long month, we were finally able to bring our premature daughter home from the NICU! Every day when we woke up, we imagined how much life would be different when this little girl came home. Home, where this sweet angel belongs! Looking back to the time when we first discovered we were pregnant, there was so much anticipation of how she would change our little world for the better.
I think on Isaiah the prophet who wrote: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel,” (Isaiah 7:14). Then, two chapters later; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). I can read these verses and I quickly realize that I’m not the first person who anticipated a child and waited patiently for them. That child came and His name was Jesus! Has He changed your world?
Giving is the over flow that begins from an attitude of abundance and contentment. When we feel we do not have enough, we do not give. An American proverb captures the idea of the natural inclination of our hearts, “Can all you get, get all you can, sit on the can“. God abundantly lavishes His people with love, grace, mercy, and eternal life. He further promises if we seek His kingdom first and His righteousness, He would supply our needs. Maybe you can’t rub two pennies together, but we can always give what we have out of our abundant supply. This reminds me of the beggar on the temple steps who was wanting money, but received something much greater: by the apostles who were eager to give.
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6 KJV
“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful unto him with psalms, For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” Psalms 95:1-6
This is the time of year where we single out the attribute of thankfulness and proclaim, “I am thankful!” We teach our children to show appreciation by saying “thank you“. However, thankfulness is not a word we say, it is a condition of the heart. I remember a popular toy called “He-Man” when I was young; I just knew this toy was going to be a birthday present of mine. When my birthday came and I didn’t receive the toy, I still said the words, “thank you”, but my and attitude said something different.
I challenge you. If you do have something to be thankful for (and you do);how are you demonstrating that attitude of thankfulness to God Almighty? Allow that spirit of thankfulness to work itself outward and manifest itself in action to God.