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In Every Thing


“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God,” Philippians 4:6.

One important lesson a mature Christian learns is that no problem or situation is too small to take to the Lord in prayer. Albert Barnes states, “There is nothing which pertains to body, mind, estate, friends, conflicts, losses, trials, hopes and fears, in reference to which we may not go and spread it all out before the Lord.”  We take time to pray for great needs or answers to serious situations but suppose we start our day with prayer that does not end until we conclude it with amen before we close our eyes at night. Throughout the day we keep the prayer line open to Heaven which includes an attitude and words of thankfulness toward God for His graciousness.
We, however, often let other things steal our time and attention toward God. Praying to God makes us keenly aware of His hand on every aspect of our lives. What if, before we take a step toward the door, we take the time to whisper a prayer of thankfulness for safety, for guidance over our thoughts and intentions and for others. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph. 6:18).

REFLECTION
Prayer is a free benefit of a gracious God; do not waste another day without using it.
Beverly Barnett

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Watch and Pray


 

Ephesians 6:18

 

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,” Ephesians 6:18.

 

One of the most important jobs in aviation happens in the control tower. Although all parties, from the ground crew to the pilot work together to have a successful flight, no one is more important than the person watching out for the aircraft.

 

Have we ever considered Christian warriors as similar to aircraft controllers? We have to be on guard twenty-four hours a day against Satan and his advocates. We must be hypersensitive to the activities of Satan and his sly wolves in sheep clothing tactics. In fact, we must always seek God’s guidance by the Holy Spirit through prayer. Certainly, we can never pray too much or too often for His guidance.

 

Likewise, everything we attempt to do should be saturated in prayer before hand, whether it pertains to personal, family, church, school or governmental matters. And shamefully, we often neglect this great and easily accessed benefit of being God’s children.

 

Additionally, we must pray for others in an effort to intercede in prayer on their behalf—praying for healing, spiritual strength and God’s guidance in their lives. It is our duty and our pleasure to pray for others.

 

We must always watch and pray!

 

 

Reflection

 

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight. Prayer makes the Christian armor bright. And Satan trembles when he sees, the meanest saint upon his knees—Author unknown.

 

Beverly Barnett

 

 

 

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