MORE ANTICIPATIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Yesterday, we reviewed negative news: A society that would like to engulf the Christian; A Nation that is headed in the wrong direction; A Church that has many leaders and members who have lost their way.  Think of all we have to worry about!

NO!  Not for the Christian.  The Christian has a treasure trove in the 4th chapter of Philippians.  Verse 6 and 7 tell us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

Prayer changes things! I have often heard that and I believe it.  There have been times in my life when prayer has changed my mind as God spoke to me.  (I believe that prayer is a two-way conversation.)

I’m striving to remember the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 6:8: “for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him”.  Perhaps, if I’m careful to try not to tell Him how to answer my prayer, His answer will cause me to say, as King David did, “My cup overflows”. Or as Country Music fans have heard Jimmy Dean recite: “I’m drinking from my saucer ‘cause my cup has overflowed”.

May I also pray, “with Thanksgiving”, as directed in the Scripture that I just quoted.  What an interesting thought; I am recognizing that I need to pray with the expectation and anticipation that God will (or maybe, He already has) answer my prayers.

 

SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER, SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER, THATCALLS ME FROM A WORLD OF CARE

AND BIDS ME AT MY FATHER’S THRONE   MAKE ALL MY WANTS AND WISHES KNOWN

IN SEASONS OF DISTRESS AND GRIEF         MY SOUL HAS OFTEN FOUND RELIEF

AND OFT ESCAPED THE TEMPTER’S SNARE     BY THY RETURN SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER.

                                                                                                                     Walford/Bradbury