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A Historic Day – Our Response

Posted in Culture, God's Will, Links to others, Mentions of other Post, Prayer, President with tags , , on November 5, 2008 by Lee

This election was going to be historic – no matter the outcome. We would either see our first black president or our first female vice-president.

America responded with record numbers in turn out and they spoke clearly – Barack Obama will be our president.

If Barack Obama was not your choice of canidate for the office, what should your response be? I found Dr. Mohler’s post very helpful. I hope you will check it out.

What are your thoughts?

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A link on prayer

Posted in Blogs I Frequent, Favorite Sites, Mentions of other Post, Prayer with tags , , on August 1, 2008 by Lee

One of the blogs I frequent is Pastor Joe Thorn. He has a great post today on prayer. I encourage you to take a look at it. You can find it here.

Prayer is Efficacious

Posted in Devotional Thought, Prayer on January 6, 2005 by Lee

My Creed leads me to think that prayer is efficacious, and surely a day’s asking God to overrule all events for good is not lost. Still there is a great feeling that when a man is praying he is doing nothing, and this feeling makes us give undue importance to work, sometimes even to the hurrying over or even to the neglect of prayer.

Do not we rest in our day too much on the arm of flesh? Cannot the same wonders be done now as of old? Do not the eyes Of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth still to show Himself strong on behalf of those who put their trust in Him? Oh that God would give me more practical faith in Him! Where is now the Lord God of Elijah? He is waiting for Elijah to call on Him.”

-James Gilmour Of Mongolia

This quote is found in a book called the Purpose of Prayer by EM Bounds. This is his introduction to the first chapter. I found it truly insightful, especially the last sentence of the first paragraph. Read it again: “Still there is a great feeling that when a man is praying he is doing nothing, and this feeling makes us give undue importance to work, sometimes even to the hurrying over or even to the neglect of prayer.”

There is much truth to this sentence. How often I have felt I had much to do to the neglect of the ‘nothing’ of prayer. I have bought the lie that my physical or mental labor is much more important than my spiritual labor in prayer. I rely heavily on the flesh. I look to my own ability to accomplish much in the name of God. Yet the much I accomplish more often points to me instead of the Name of the person I am seeking to glorify.

To glorify God is to rest in his strength. It is to see Him doing something that can only be explained by the movement of the hand of God. It is to expect His mighty hand to move and to act in accordance with His goodness.

Do I expect the hand of God to move? Do I look for His moving in the midst of my life? Do I lean on His strength asking Him to do what I cannot? My answer often is no. My prayer life is minimal and ordinary. Instead of consuming and expectant. It is faithless and predictable. Instead of full of faith and spirit led.

God – change my prayer life into one that is consuming, that is spirit led, and is full of faith expecting your hand to move in accordance with your goodness and glory. AMEN