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Nothing Will I Hold Onto….I Give it to Him!

(by Ginny Cook)

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Pray to Pray. Pray for Prayer. Pray for the Spirit of supplication….Charles Spurgeon

Whatever God has made prominent in His word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives. He commands us to Pray:

Devote Yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful, Colossians 4:2……Then you will call on me and com and pray to me and I will listen to you Jeremiah 29:12….The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth Psalm 145:18….Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

On Your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent.  You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.  Isaiah 62: 6-7

John Piper:  God , the creator of the Universe, who holds our life in His hands and rules the world, is the kind of God who loves to be asked for things.  The essence of prayer is the expression of our dependence on God through requests. We are weak; He is strong.  He is the giver; we are needy.  Resolve to pray to our creator every day, many times a day, living in a spirit of prayer.

Where to start?   Take steps to make prayer a central part of your life every day…saturate your day with prayer.  If you are doing nothing, do something.  If you want a continual daily life of pray, you will need to spend time alone with God in quiet communion. Give your day to the Lord and ask Him to order your day. Charles Spurgeon said,  “taking time to pray first is really a “saving of time”.  If we pray first, we get God’s perspective on the day and His perspective is always better.”  God wants to hear you “heart cries”. Mathew 6:6     Psalm 18:16

What if you don’t feel like praying or just cannot begin?….begin anyway. Martin Luther read the Psalms and prayed the Lord’s Prayer before praying to “warm his heart”.  (remember Romans 8: 26)

How to begin?   John Piper gives the unique but sound advice to pray in concentric circles…..like throwing a pebble in the water….the first prayer is for yourself.  Begin by praying for your own soul. Pray that God will awaken and strengthen and humble you before you can pray for others. Then pray for your family by name, you church family, your co-workers, you city….your  state ….our nation…the social and cultural issue of the world.   Not all at one time but that is a good direction for priorities. 1 Peter 4:7

Pray Scripture.  God’s word reveals God and His will.  What you want for yourself and those you pray for is more of God and more of His will.  Pray On The Full Armor of God every day for your protection.   Ephesians 1 :18

Pray in groups or with a prayer partner.  This is a very important aspect of praying. Two friends pray together, Families pray together, small groups pray together.  Together we encourage and support each other.  Hebrews 10: 23-25    James 5:16   Matthew 18:20  Ephesians 3: 20-21

The AMEN: (Martin Luther)  You must always say the “Amen” firmly. Never doubt that God in His mercy will surely hear you.   Never think that you are kneeling or standing alone, rather think that the whole of Christendom, is there beside you and you are standing among them in a common, united petition which God cannot disdain.

The Holy Bible:  The Lord God Almighty

                 John Piper: “Devote Yourselves To Prayer”/ Steve Miller:C. H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership/Martin Luther: A Simple Way To Pray

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The following words were penned by our brother in Christ, Jon Srofe. He spoke these words about his mother, Violet Srofe, during her funeral last week. May we all celebrate the wonder of God’s Amazing Grace!

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“O’ prize, exceedingly great, the matchless power and Grace which changes deserts into gardens and makes the barren heart sing for joy.”

These words are from a devotional written by Charles Spurgeon. As I read them I could see Mom’s life mirrored in the picture  that was painted.

 I can truly say that that I have known a barren wandering heart, because I had such a heart. I now know the wonder of God’s Grace in my life. I also experienced the effects of a of a barren heart for many years in my Mother’s life. Bitterness, unforgiveness, depression, and isolation were her constant companions.

But praise God in the last couple of years I’ve seen a garden replace the barren wilderness . I’ve seen God’s Grace change the landscape of despair in my Mother’s heart and mind. Peace replaced the bitterness and depression. Where there had been isolation, friendships blossomed! And prayer flowed easily where it had not been before. A prayer for her family and the real need for God’s help on the difficult road she was traveling. The fruit of the Spirit in a garden made possible by saving grace.

I praise God for allowing Sue and I to see the changes which took place in the last year of my Mother’s life!

The following are the word’s of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ: “Come to me , all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy , and my burden is light.”  (Matt. 11:28-30)

Mom’s wish was to go home and now she truly is in her heavenly, eternal home!

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