iServe #Prayer 3

Posted by admin on January 26, 2014

As we wrap up our theme of #PRAYER for January we should keep in mind how vitally important Prayer is to us as believers.  Perhaps the word PRAYER is kind of like the word DIET.  Everybody actually follows a diet they prefer; in other words they eat what they want and like.  But when an individual needs to really monitor what they eat to control their weight or a medical situation, the word DIET becomes an unpleasant nagging thought.

 

That word DIET is always present!  It hovers over your head buzzing like that nasty fly that has chosen you alone out of the crowd to investigate.  People who mean to encourage your resolve to conquer your food problems just make you feel like their special project when they ask about YOUR DIET!

 

People who actually succeed in controlling their food choices and monitor their healthy intake have discovered a powerful secret; their DIET has been replaced with LIFESTYLE.  My LIFESTYLE, they say, has become the way I live, the way I think and the way I have discovered that brings me joy!  My LIFESTYLE is no longer a CHORE but a PLEASURE!  Could PRAYER be considered the same?

 

Apostle Paul found his LIFESTYLE and his pleasure in PRAYER.  “Always be glad because of the Lord! I will say it again: Be glad. 5 Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. 6 Don't worry about anything, but PRAY about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. 7 Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.  {the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.NKJV}

8 Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don't ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. 9 You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you.”  Phil 4:4-9   CEV

 

Child of God, #PRAYER is our LIFESTYLE and not a detested Diet!  Changed words will change attitudes and outcomes!