Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 26, 2009

Thaksgiving

1Ch 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Today is Thanksgiving. Most of us have a lot to be thankful for.

Many have families around them and will gather around the table to share a feast. There are also many who have no family and/or no feast to share. We will be serving Thanksgiving dinner to some 300-400 people/families in our community. As I pour their drinks I will be praying that hey will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and that they will be able to give thanks to God for His gift. After we finish serving we will go to our daughters house and share a feast with 5 of our 8 grandchildren. The children are already planning to say at least one thing for which they are thankful. Whether you find yourself alone, with friends or with family, be sure to make this a day of thankfulness to God. He is good and His love does endure forever. Praise His glorious name.

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November 14, 2009

Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

I find it amazing that Jesus, who was continually in communion with God the Father and walked with Him even as Jesus walked on this earth in the form of a man, found it necessary to spend a night in prayer. If He needed to do that, how much more do we need to spend so much more time in prayer than we do? This is a very busy time of year and the busier we are, the more important it is to spend time in prayer with our Father. John Wesley wrote that the busier his schedule was, the earlier he had to get up to pray. Yes, we can “pray on the go,” and that is a good thing to do, but we must not forsake our quality, one on one time with our God where we can not only talk with Him but also listen as He “talks” to us.

November 13, 2009

Active Prayer

Mt 25:354-0 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, a I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

 Our prayer group was interrupted when someone came in with a request. A family, who just lost their 32-year-old mother to a blood clot, had no food to eat. We stopped the prayer, phone to confirm their needs, and found food in the freezer and pantry and refrigerator to pack up and deliver that night. As we were leaving a comment was made, “We didn’t get much prayer done.” I responded, “We did what prayer was all about. We put feet and action to work.” It is one thing to pray for others. It is another thing to follow up that prayer with action. God has chosen to work through us. It is up to us to respond quickly to the needs of others when He brings them to our attention. Be in prayerful alert to the needs around you. You just might be the vessel God chooses to use to meet that need.

November 12, 2009

Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving thanks. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations

This is a very busy time of year and sometimes it is hard to remember to take time to give thanks. Psalms 100 is a very good prayer to memorize, read, or sing. Read it over in quiet and really consider what it says we are to do and how we are to do it. I have found nothing to energize me as much as actually singing or calling out words of thanksgiving and praise to my Lord. It melts the problems and burdens I have forgotten to pass on to Him, relaxes my nerves and muscles, and replaces gladness for tiredness. Give it a try today.

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