In this life that we are living, it is important that we are in constant
communication with the Lord. We are to talk to the Lord as a child talks
to their parent. We don't need to come to the Lord acting holy and using
language that is hard for a scholar to understand. We are to come before
the Lord humbly and as ourselves giving Him thanks for our many blessings
and praise for His sustenance. Never believe the lie that spending time in
prayer will be in vain. It is in our prayer time that we receive strength
and refreshment and a sense of what the Lord wishes for us to do next. Be
encouraged to spend time alone with the Lord every day and know that He
cares for you and will hear your prayer for the Bible declares in James 4:8
"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you..." (Psalm 139:1-5)
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by this message to spend time in
prayer with the Lord every day sharing with Him all that is on your heart.
A Scotch Highlander, who served in the first disastrous war with the
American colonies, was brought before the commanding officer one evening
charged with the capital offense of being in communication with the enemy.
The charge could not well be brought forward at a more dangerous time.
Only a few weeks had elapsed since Major Andre had been executed, and the
indignation of the British, exasperated almost to madness by this event,
had not yet cooled down. There was, however, no direct proof against the
He had been seen in the gray of the twilight stealing out from a clump of
Underwood that bordered on the forests which at that period covered the
greater part of the United Colonies, and which, in the immediate
neighborhood of the British, swarmed with the troops of Washington. All
the rest was mere inference and conjecture. The poor man's defense was
summed up in a very few words. He had stolen away from his fellows, he
said, to spend an hour or two in secret prayer.
"Have you been in the habit of spending hours in secret prayer?" sternly
asked the officer, himself a Scotchman.
The Highlander replied in the affirmative.
"Then," said the officer, drawing out his watch, "never in all your life
had you more need for prayer than now; kneel down, sir, and pray aloud that
we may hear you."
The Highlander, in expectation of instant death, knelt down. His prayer
was that of one long acquainted with the appropriate language in which the
Christian addressed his God. It breathed an imminent peril, and earnestly
implored the divine interposition in the threatening danger - the help of
Him who in times of extremity is strong to deliver...
"You may go, sir," said the officer, when he concluded; "You have, I dare
say, not been in correspondence with the enemy tonight."
"His statement," he continued, addressing himself to the officers, Is
undoubtedly correct. "No one could have prayed so without a long
apprenticeship; fellows who never attend drill always get ill at review."
By Hugh Miller
We are to always remember that it is God who created us and not we
ourselves. We are to be in communion with Him so that our spirit can be in
tune with His spirit. The Bible declares in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His
workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before
ordained that we should walk in them." Let us seek the Lord continually
both for our fellowship with the Lord as well as for our spiritual renewal
and strengthening. A quote that I think of often says "The person who
kneels down in prayer will be able to stand up to anything." Be encouraged
to seek the Lord always and know that your time with Him in prayer will be
well spent. (Isaiah 26:9) (Psalm 63:1-5) (Psalm 91:14-16) (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 100:3-5 "Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made
us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be
thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is
everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations."
Jeremiah 29:11-13 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search
for me with all your heart."
Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let
your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for
nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
Psalm 105:1-5 "O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon His name: make known
His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye
of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of
them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and His strength: seek His
face evermore. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done; His
wonders, and the judgments of His mouth."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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