Sunday, April 03, 2005

First of all, thank you all for birthday salutations :). It was an eventful day, and for those aware of the content on the flyers...I am stillin getting calls...

The exhortation to pray...first and foremost responsibility. I want to reiterate that prayer is HARD :). Not so we can be discouraged (or that I would be...), but that we realize that the battle is real, the opponents are real, and the weapons are warfare are not carnal but mighty to tear down strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4).

Listen, we CAN go through life without praying, but it doesn't make it a good idea. To borrow from Chris Rock, just because you can drive with one foot doesn't make it a good idea. We can certainly walk through day to day, in explicit "ministry," school, or work...but the living God isn't pervading our daily existence, how are our lives any different from those who don't consider themselves "like-Christ." We must pray, we must lay hold the throne of grace daily.
Prayer: Our First Responsibility

I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may= meditate on Your word.
-Psalm 119:147-148

Briefly, the way to escape religion as a front is to make it a fount. See to it that we pray more than we preach and we will never preach ourselves out. Stay with God in the secret place longer than we are with men in the public place and the fountain of our wisdom will never dry up. Keep our hearts open to the inflowing Spirit and we will not become exhausted by the outflow. Cultivate the acquaintance of God more than the friendship of men and we will always have abundance of bread to give to the hungry.

Our first responsibility is not to the public but to God and our own souls. God Tells the Man Who Cares, 115-116.

3 comments:

  1. benson.... God has been impressing the exact same thing on my heart... and for some reason... it is SO dang hard to pray these days.. . i'm not talking about casual conversations with God... remember how i said i was going to pray for 3 hours straight.. .. dang benson.. i'll get up.. no problem... and i'll start praying... but then i'll fall asleep after the first hour.. .. *shaking head* ahhh! pray for me... i know I need to do this.. and i want to do it.... yes.. another reminder that yes, I MUST PRAY and that the enemy is indeed trying to keep me from tapping into our God's heart.. .. oh, enemy's going DOWN!

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  2. We can certainly walk through day to day, in explicit "ministry," school, or work...but the living God isn't pervading our daily existence, how are our lives any different from those who don't consider themselves "like-Christ." We must pray, we must lay hold the throne of grace daily.

    *nods*

    daily persistence is so crucial.

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  3. benson.... God has been impressing the exact same thing on my heart... and for some reason... it is SO dang hard to pray these days.. . i'm not talking about casual conversations with God... remember how i said i was going to pray for 3 hours straight.. .. dang benson.. i'll get up.. no problem... and i'll start praying... but then i'll fall asleep after the first hour.. .. *shaking head* ahhh! pray for me... i know I need to do this.. and i want to do it.... yes.. another reminder that yes, I MUST PRAY and that the enemy is indeed trying to keep me from tapping into our God's heart.. .. oh, enemy's going DOWN!

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