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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

from David Jeremiah, and my thoughts

Today's Turning Point
Tuesday, November 29
Pray Boldly

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16
Recommended Reading
Matthew 6:5-8
Telephone calls used to be routed by operators, manually connecting circuits at a switchboard--plugging and unplugging wires all day long to keep conversations going. Today, think how many millions of calls are handled by computerized routers every second of the day. Better yet, imagine how many countless prayer "calls" God receives every moment from all over the world.
It would be easy to be dissuaded from praying by thinking of our individual prayer requests getting lost amidst the millions God hears. Yet we are exhorted to "let [our] requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6), and to do so boldly (Hebrews 4:16). King David did (countless times in Psalms), and so did the apostle Paul--the same request three different times! (2 Corinthians 12:7-8) They didn't feel bad or guilty for continually asking God for help, nor should we. In fact, not to pray is to portray God as less than He is--a generous Father (Luke 11:11-13).

If you are in a stressful place today, stop now and tell God. Because ultimately He is the answer to our prayers, meeting with Him is the beginning of your answer.

Anxiety and prayer are more opposed to each other than fire and water.
J. A. Bengel 
I said something about worrying to my husband this morning, reminding him that he often  tells me not to worry.  His reply was "what's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander!" Then said, which is the male?"  I  replied, "the gander." I smiled...he pretended to make an excuse...then we  had to laugh.  How true it is that anxiety and prayer are more opposed to each other than fire and water. How amazing it is that God WANTS to take care of all that we worry about, and yet, we continue to ignore that truth, thinking that we have to worry about certain things- especially our children!  How tender of the Lord to work in ways we don't see, but as time goes by, we realize that His way is always best, and when we wait on Him and TRUST in Him, He will perform the work necessary in HIS time.  
I am so thankful to belong to Him, be in His kingdom, and to rely on His infinite wisdom because I know I don't have any without asking Him for it!