Posts Tagged prayer

AT FIRST LIGHT…GOD’S DIVINE PROVIDENCE – Thomas Crowl

JOB:37:16…dost thou know the workings of the clouds…the wondrous works of His which is perfect in knowledge?

In a number  of recent articles I have written of special signs God has sent to remind me of His presence, often when I was at a low point in life and without much hope. On a cloudy Monday morning recently I awoke in another hospital bed trying to get my heartbeat regular and allow me to go home. On a particular Monday of late I opened my eyes to a solid wall of gray cloud and just then my blessed family physician appeared. A constant smile on his face and the look of possibility in the air. As he spoke his opening lines I saw the solid bank of clouds break and a piercing light emerge to chase the gloom from the air. This would be the beginning of hope and divine intervention!. His mastery of my problems would quickly disappear as he called a close colleague to resolve a urinary emergency. It went on like this for some time til I realized the completeness of  God’s mercy. In hours I would have all my issues dealt with, an expert at arms length and what would have been a very long day shorten considerably. Being named Thomas doubt kind of went with the name!

     You are always the possibility of success and when God is in your corner that possibility expands considerably. This was the special lesson of the day God intended. As the day wound on I learned of the incredible work of my doctor. His calls to associates, his re-working appointments and bringing in the cooperation of many others. In a world of “what’s in it for me” I was confronted by God’s special instruction…that the best of what we are is available as a gift to be given at the first call for help. The glow of that day will last with me for many years to come…that love and kindness are His greatest gift and not to be doled out piecemeal…and that we can join this cadre of souls anytime.

     I thought on other issues then, the special gift in life of a loving wife, who though troubled by her own ailments, would rise each day to gather and solve my problems. The welcoming door of my home, though not perfect, was as warm and welcoming as any.

     It is my sacred prayer for you this day that God will open those clouds in your life and help you welcome in the brilliant life of promise…available in that next minute. 

JOB WOULD GIVE US SO MANY EXAMPLES OF THE POSITIVE FORCE THAT LIVES WITHIN THAT NEXT REQUEST…A FORCE THAT DRIVES AWAY

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The Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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I Need Help – Kris Wood*

I’ve been thinking a lot about how vulnerable it is to say, “I need help” or “I need you” to another person, especially when I feel overwhelmed or desperate. It’s often much easier to be the one who does the helping, right?

When I open up and share a need for prayer or for tangible help, or seek genuine companionship, I feel needy. But, I have discovered that it’s really an offer of a tremendous gift.

When I ask for input from someone who’s good at something, they are often encouraged and feel affirmed that I asked. Even if they’re not free to help immediately, it’s a chance for another to come alongside me in friendship and let a relationship come to life.  When I have my hands full, literally or figuratively, and someone offers to open a door or lend a hand, I have a choice. When I accept the offer, the seeds of kindness are planted and the sweetest fruit of trust grows.

But, it IS really hard to ask, because sometimes people say no or ignore the request and it hurts to be ignored or blown off. Still, it’s worth it to ask because the benefits to the helper often surpass the benefits to the one being helped.
So, what shall we do next? Let’s continue to look for opportunities to be a help like we often do. And, let’s ask for help, too. In fact, I dare you to try an intentional experiment and ask for help from someone and see what happens. This risk…this vulnerability… may end up being more powerful than we ever dreamed and more needed than we know.  It may just make someone’s day!

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*Kris Wood is a noted encourager and loves to write devotionals. Kris resides in Wisconsin with her husband Sam and is a champion of entrepreneurs, dreamers and other creatives.  She invests her days as a retreat coordinator, college internship developer, and distributes hope wherever she goes.  Contact Kris atMsKrisWood@gmail.com. You’ll both be glad you did! Kris coordinated the Christian Writer’s Conference at Green Lake this August.

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A Gentle Answer – Week Four – FBC – Devotionals for June

Scripture Focus: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” — Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

Dr. Richard Mouw, retired president of Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of Uncommon Decency has written another delightful book, Praying at Burger King. In it he says that Burger King is a perfect place to pray because you see people there from all walks of life. He goes on to say that during the many mornings when he had breakfast there he became aware of how badly the young people behind the counter were treated. He states that they were subjected to scathing and often relentless verbal abuse.

It became his mission to always say something encouraging and uplifting to these young workers. They were often surprised and grateful for his thoughtfulness. What a difference a kind word makes. Proverbs tells us that a gentle word turns away wrath. Presidential candidate Donald Trump says that if someone attacks him he hits back ten times harder. At the other end of the spectrum, one of the most endearing characteristics of President Reagan was that he most often responded to harsh criticisms with humor. He wisely turned a potentially damaging situation into a joyful one.

As Christians we are called upon, ”To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone.” Titus 3:2. Peter simplifies our challenge, “Honor everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17.

Prayer Focus: Dear God, when I am tempted to verbally abuse my brothers and sisters remind me that you are the creator of us all and that when I dishonor another person I am dishonoring you. Amen.

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