Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Prince of Peace RJD #12

I have had a great time looking through my old journals. I found four others in my bookcase. One of them has a series of Bible studies I started at the beginning of 2004. I had transcribed part of them onto disc but I messed up my disc drive. It will take me a while to get them re-transcribed but I will do it.  I found them to be very tender reading this time. They might have perked long enough.

Journal Entry December 22, 1998

            A prince is the son of a king. We all know that. The first born son is the one who usually inherits the throne. These are earthly definitions.
            In the heavenly realm- the first born is the only born son. His name is Jesus; Isaiah calls Him the Prince of Peace, a very beautiful title. But, what does it mean?
            Peace is not just the lack of stress, of noise, of personal upheaval. Peace is best described as a feeling of contentment in spite of our surroundings. Peace can be easily misidentified as not having any problems but if that were true, we’d never have it. Peace is attained only through a right relationship with Jesus Christ, personal peace, inter-personal peace, national peace, and, yes, international peace.
            There is only one Prince of Peace and we all need to keep our relationship with Him vital and current.

Linking to:beneath the surface-dawn.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Prayers of Adoration

“Then those who were in the boat worshiped him
saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”
 Matt 14:33 (NIV)

            Our heavenly Father desires that we, His children, have a reverential awe for Him. We are to uphold Him and things of His and treat them as special.
            The disciples watched as Jesus rescued Peter from the water. He had impulsively challenged Jesus to prove that it was indeed Him who came to them, walking on the water.
      Some sources believe that Peter reacted in faith. But we know that Peter took his eyes off of Christ and started to sink. Peter cried out to Jesus and He responded.
             I believe this is why the disciples fell down and worshiped the Master. When they spoke words of affirmation about who Christ is they said them out of a sense of awe and adoration.  
            Dear Lord: We come before you because we love you. We appreciate all the blessings you have bestowed upon us. All that you do for us each day causes us to humbly fall at your feet and honor You. We honor You with our work, our leisure activities, our talents, and our treasures. We will give You the praise You are due. In the name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN

Monday, June 11, 2012

Individual Prayers

“But when you pray, go into your room,
close the door and pray to your Father,
who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees
what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Matt 6:6 (NIV)

We need to have private times in prayer. These times of intimacy are important to our spiritual health. During these times, we can be completely honest with Our Lord about different things.

Like the tax collector who went to the temple, we can admit that we have sinned. When we have issues with someone, we can be honest and tell God about how we truly feel. The Pharisee {sometimes referred to as one of the “Look at Me’s”} reminded God of his ‘worthiness’. Jesus told his listeners that the humble tax collector left God’s presence justified, not the ‘holier than thou’ Pharisee. (Luke 18:10-14)

Our personal prayers are meant for God. He instructs us to go into a room—get by ourselves, if possible. If we can’t, we can block everything out of our minds, close our eyes—unless we are driving—and turn our thoughts to Him.

Several years ago, I participated in a women’s missionary group at a former church I attended. The leader of the organization at that time always prefaced group prayer times by saying, “Let’s all go into our individual prayer closets, shut the door behind us and talk to God.” As I reflect on those times, her method tells me that our prayers are for God and not to impress others.

An author had a book she wanted to promote. The first series of lessons from the book was free; all we had to do was sign up. One of the features of the lessons was establishing a special place for prayer. She asked those taking the class to take pictures of their prayer places and send them to her. Those who participated had beautiful settings. I chose not to try. I didn’t feel my prayer place was pretty enough to share. Now I realize that the important thing was THAT we have a place to meet with God. 

Dear God:
            Thank you for being with us as we pray, either with others or by ourselves. Help us to remember the importance of communing with you. We thank you for always making Yourself available to hear our prayers, whether they be for a specific need or a generic prayer said quickly. We will give You praise. In the name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN

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