Posted in Faith, God, Prayer, Thankfulness

Prayer

This morning my conversation is with the Holy Spirit (yes I believe there is a two way conversation that happens and no, there’s not necessarily a voice so I don’t need therapy (see Joy Behar)). The reality is, we’ve wandered away from one of the key topics of this blog, prayer. After all, the title does state our two desires, seek and pray. We do a lot of seeking, let’s spend a few days talking about prayer.

First, let’s talk about what prayer is. The Greek word we get it from is παράκληση (prosefchi) meaning request, solicitation, prayer, entreaty, invocation, or rogation. Thank you Google Translate for this information.

It is my view that we can see an evolution of prayer in the Old Testament until we get to Jesus’ teachings. In the beginning, Adam and Eve had a one-on-one face-to-face relationship with their Creator. They had no need to ask for anything, He had already provided. They just walked and talked. Enjoyed the amazing beauty of His work. How cool would that be!!!! Then we manage, as humans do, to screw it up, and bite the wrong thing and run away and hide. We stop talking, stop telling the truth. Until it comes out, either on it’s own or because it’s uncovered some other way; and with discovery comes consequence. We know longer get to talk to God, our friend, Creator, Abba as we had. How now?

Using BibleGateway.com, I discovered the word prayer does not appear in any version of the Bible until Genesis 20:7. While I found this interesting, the behavior of prayer throughout the Old Testament (OT) was the people would take their concerns, requests, and praises to a prophet or priest and with a sacrifice to God he would present it. Conversation was not two way always. Life was legalistic. People were told do this and you will make God happy and He will keep you. Blessedly, David, even before becoming a King, showed us a better way (he’s not the only one, but a prominent one). He sang! He played instruments! He danced! He rejoiced! He wrote poems! He talked with God, seeking answers, expecting to hear Him, faithfully (usually) waiting. The Book of Psalms shares all this with as.

Wait a minute! Sing? Dance? Play music? Rejoice? Isn’t all of the just shameful? Even David’s wife Mical challenges this (2 Samuel 6:20)! David basically tells her to get over herself. The love of God and the thanksgiving of His gifts are something to be celebrated, not hidden. We should be loud about our love of God, not silenced.

I’ll finish today with my two favorite thoughts on prayer. First, there are some awesome music groups out there with great music about prayer. Some of my favorites are Renew Me and The Creed by Avalon, Listen to the Sound by Building 429, and Jesus Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood. Those are but a few that come to mind quickly. Eden’s Bridge, for KING AND COUNTRY, Mandisa, Mercy Me, and Out of Eden are other groups that have fantastic music for praying!

Psalm 16:1 says, “Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You”. what a declaration! If we can make this statement, then we need to also be able to follow 2 Chronicles 7:14 :

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)

Heavenly Father, hear our cry, we reach out to you now. Let us, as we walk together, learn to talk with you consistently, learn to listen to you, learn to humbly but boldly follow you. Be with us and our loved ones, protecting us from the evils of this world, comforting us in the knowledge that you are carrying us through whatever our journey is. Thank you Father. Amen.

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Posted in God, Study, Timothy

Deeper Into Scripture: 1 Timothy

Deb Williamson wants to read this Plan with you.

Source: Deeper Into Scripture: 1 Timothy

This short study (6 days) has started, but it’s not too late to join in! I invite all to click the link above and participate. Timothy has so many hidden jewels to find.

Posted in Faith, God, Plan, Prayer, Seek Christ

Why This One?

This morning, as my big dog, for the third time I might add, insisted it was time to get up and go outside just because it’s there again, it hit me, what is this things purpose?  Why did this big lummox of a creature come bounding into our (Lily and mines) life?  Whose the master here?

Oh, I know the logical rationale, I don’t believe creatures should be alone, they should have like companions, friends, so I looked for one for Lily.  But why Hershey? Almost everything I said I’d never want in a dog-puppy, male, overly energetic-but oh so cute, loving and absolutely smart and adorable!

For I know the plans I have for you, Continue reading “Why This One?”

Posted in Christ, Founding Fathers, God, Life, Prayer, Seek Christ, Seven Principles of Judeo-Christian Ethic

Education

How can a man (or woman) practice religion freely if they cannot read or write the words their Creator put before them to keep and share the stories and historical lessons with? The love letters and letters of love. The words of time and peace and war and priorities?
“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle” – George Washington

“[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.” –Governor Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution.

“A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district–all studied and appreciated as they merit–are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.” –Benjamin Franklin

All of our founding fathers believe an education to be important and thus endorsed Principle #4 – The Right to a God-Centered Education, even though not all of them were Christian.  Find that curious?  But what about God, does He think school or education is important? Yes.  It’s important enough for us to be told that Jesus learned.

And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men. –Luke 2:52 (AMP)

Important enough for Him to tell us who should be doing the teaching

Fathers, don’t make your children bitter about life. Instead, bring them up in Christian discipline and instruction. –Eph 6:4 (GW)

Important enough that Jesus wanted us to understand that without it, we could not be free because we would not know the truth, and it is the truth that makes us free.

And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin]. –John 8:32

As our life’s season of preparation for His return continues, it is my prayer for each of us that we will continue to hungrily learn from and eagerly teach one another.  That we will keep His word close and look at it often, reading it with eyes that are open and hearts that are soft. And regardless of what the world around us is doing, Christ, the truth, will continue to be worn on our faces and in our lives.  Learn to live well.

Posted in Christ, Faith, Freedom, God, Leadership, Prayer

The Four P’s

There are always so many things to talk about so I talk first with God and of course he leads me to great topics.  Today though I have greater difficulties because I’m blessed to be with friends who are family, surprising my ‘sister’ with my arrival, all joys, and having to pay the physical consequences of a long drive.  But I will persevere and with God’s help, get us started anew.

The text I’m using as primary reference is titled The American Patriot’s Bible (The Word of God and the Shaping of America).  Quit rolling your eyes.  In this time of turmoil around the world and given we’re told to be prepared.

Therefore, be continually on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— Matt 13:35
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Posted in Christ, Epiphany, God, Prayer, Seek Christ

Now What?

December the 26th.  Sun comes up.  Eyes open.  No more shopping to do. No more cooking.  No more preparing, primping or fixing.  Put aside making festive, the reason for the season event has passed.  So now what? Maybe I’ll sleep-in.  Or watch football.  Or eat leftovers.  Wow, this is pretty boring.  What am I missing?

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Posted in Advent, Christ, God, Lord, Prayer, Promise, Sacrifice, Seek Christ

Your First Thought

When you hear the word Christmas, what is the first picture that comes to mind? Be honest with yourself.

Ah, Christmas. A beautiful, healthy mature teen mother cradling a healthy, smiling, content infant watched over by a strong, strapping husband in a warm, cozy stable.  The sky is clear, stars are bright, especially this one right over the stable.  A clear, beautiful voice starts to sing, serenading the child.  What could be more perfect?

SAY WHAT?????????????????????? Continue reading “Your First Thought”