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September 2015

Thursday, 03 September 2015

Prayer is Major
'But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.' Luke 5:16 NIV


Someone asked American pastor Tim Keller, ‘What’s one piece of advice you would tell your younger self, or something you wished you knew then that you know now about the Lord?’ Tim tweeted back: ‘I would tell him that prayer is way more important than he thinks.’ Prayer is major. Though it can be tough to find time to properly sit and chat with God, and we can stress ourselves even more by feeling guilty when we compare our prayer habits to our prays–every–second friend. (Yeah, stop that! Prayer is your personal business, and comparisons help no–one). Sooo, what to do when it feels like we’re just too busy, when we literally don’t have a spare minute? In Mark 1:35 NIV, it says: ‘Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.’ Getting up early is grim, especially when it’s still dark out. But Jesus did it. Why? Because He was making time to pray in the middle of a busy stretch. We might have to get up early to ensure we get that one on one time with God. But if Jesus thought it was important to make time for it, maybe we should too. So, inconvenience yourself. Set two alarms on your phone today/tomorrow: the first for a pre–sunrise prayer time. Ask God to direct you towards self-less acts during the day. Use the second alarm to remind you to go out of your way to give your time and energy to anyone within range. (How much easier is it to inconvenience yourself for other people when you’ve inconvenienced yourself for God first?)

SoulFood: Josh 11-13, Mark 10:35-52, Ps 142, Prov 23:7-9

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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