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Monday, September 26, 2011
I Thessalonians 5:17 Thought/Prayer: Lesson from a Younger Someone. Topics: 2 at end.
How is it that someone much younger can convict us with words of wisdom? It’s supposed to go the other direction, right? Didn’t for me this weekend.
The pastor is young, but his words were not immature. He spoke from the pulpit about prayer. How much time are we praying? How much are we accomplishing in Christ because we are praying? Isn’t it possible that if we don’t pray, things that should get done, don’t?
He said that a person can probably tell how much prayer is being made a part of any day, according to the accomplishments “in the Lord” for that day. We know that “in the Lord” means a lot of different things to Christians because we’re all called to stay in His will to do whatever He asks us to do. A stay-at-home mom may think she hasn’t accomplished even a sliver of anything today. A far-away dad working away from home may feel that his kids are missing out on dad-time and may feel that in spite of job accomplishments, he has come up short on the home front.
There was a TV show on years ago about the frantic pace of families in large cities trying to work at work and survive at home, even with huge times given up to the commute. It was exhausting to just see it all on TV. If persons living that type of life are Christians, is there guilt associated with this frantic pace to go and do, do and go? Maybe.
These folks described here don’t have time to pray, right?
What about the retiree who used to be so faithful in prayer and Bible reading when life was on more of a schedule, but now finds it hard to set that time aside when there is so much more time at hand? (So much more time to succumb to what may entertain one!)
The young pastor was very specific about the need for prayer.
Sometimes we don’t have ready answers for the scenarios described here, but there is one thing we all know: We should pray. We’re too busy, sometimes, to not pray. When prayed-up, things may go faster, better. And we know we have done at least some of “our part” of God’s equation of dealing with us.
Lord, let us learn from this more youthful someone. Pray.
Topics: Pray to pray more.
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