THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS


DAILY DEVOTIONS

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At seminary one of the students called Samuel, loved to get up at three a.m. to practice Psalm 5:3 "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." And he prayed out loud, so no one of the not-so-faithful ones could get sleep.

Once some of the guys laid a twelve inches PVC pipe over the ceiling, until it reached Samuel's bedroom. Right when he started praying, the guy said through the pipe causing an echo: "Samuel, Samuel .".

Samuel fell on his knees and in a triumphant voice shouted: "Speak; for thy servant heareth". And the reply came, "Samuel, Go, lie down, and let my other servants get some sleep".

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Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
KJV

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Do you know that God knows ALL that is going on in your life? God is omniscient - He knows EVERYTHING. So, why then, does He command us to pray?

First of all, God created us to have communion with Him. He desires our fellowship with Him. One way we fellowship with God is to communicate with Him about all that is going on in our lives.

Secondly, God created us to need communion with Him. The more we fellowship with God, the less power temptations, fears, and anxieties have on our lives.

Thirdly, prayer leads us to the Bible for direction. God has said much in the Bible about prayer. Through study of the Word, we find when to pray, how and how often. Most importantly, we find the manner of our prayer - to be in surrender to God's will.

Therefore, prayer is an expression of our dependency upon our Heavenly Father. Without prayer, we are confined to the meager meal of self-provision. But through prayer the way is opened to the banquet table of God's endless provision.

One day a lady was giving her little nephew some lessons. He was generally a good, attentive child, but on this occasion he could not fix his mind on his work. Suddenly he said, "Auntie, may I kneel down and ask God to help me find my marble?" His aunt gave her consent, and the little boy knelt by his chair, closed his eyes, and prayed silently.

Next day, almost afraid of asking the question lest the child had not found his toy and so might lose his simple faith, the lady said to him, "Well, dear, have you found your marble?" "No, Auntie," was the reply, "but God made me not want to."

That is the way God many times answers our prayers and thus rids us of division within ourselves.

"Watch ye therefore, and pray always!"

Love ya,
Bruce