Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 22, 2011

Learning to Pray

Mt 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words

Have you given yourself time to learn the “art” of praying unceasingly?  Prayer is communion with God.  Jesus said, “Unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3 (NAS).  After you took the step of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, did you allow yourself to become a child?

A small child talks to his parents unceasingly.  He asks about everything.   He thinks out loud.  He even says everything he is going to do even though he may already know it is right.  Have you become a little child with your Father?

Talk to Him all day every day.  If you are alone, talk out loud.  If others are present, talk silently.  Tell Him how you feel, what you think, what you’re doing.  Ask Him what you should do next.  Tell Him about your family, your friends, and your concerns.  Be sure you also allow your Father time to talk to you.  He not only wants to tell you what to do, He wants to share His thoughts, feelings and concerns with you.

Be ready as a small child to be spontaneous in your reactions to the One you love.  Be open in simple trust.  You cannot build a relationship with someone you don’t know.  Allow you Father to show you how well He knows you and loves you.  As He reveals yourself to you He will also reveal Himself to you.

Practice this art of communion with God.  Get serious with Him and allow Him to get serious with you.  You will be joyfully surprised and delighted with the process of your union with God.

 

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August 31, 2011

What We Eat

Jn 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am  the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty

Mt 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body

There is a saying, “We are what we eat.”  That may apply to our physical bodies to a great extinct.  It also applies to who we are inside – the inner man.  Jesus is the bread of life and we are to eat and digest His word.  We do this by Bible study, individual and in groups.  We also do this through communion – the elements of the Last Supper.  This can seem just like another ritual when we don’t prepare for it.  Before we partake of it we are told to make sure our hearts are right.  We must make sure we haven’t done wrong to anyone and make sure we have forgiven anyone who has done wrong to us.  If it is not a spiritual experience, if it doesn’t make us more aware of God’s love and how much our salvation cost Him, we are taking it amiss.  Let us always prepare in prayer with God before eating His written word or partaking of the elements of the Last Supper.

April 20, 2011

Preparation for Passover

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Mk 14:15 He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”

Jesus instructed His disciples to go and prepare the Seder, the Passover Feast.  Notice He told them where to go and that it was furnished and ready.  That means at some point and time Jesus had already made arrangements.  Jesus knew this would be the last supper they would have together.  He knew Judas would betray Him.  He knew the cross was close to come.  Jesus instructed His disciples and all of us who follow to drink the cup and eat the bread as often as we come together in remembering Him and what He did for us.  Many of our churches celebrate a Thursday night service before Good Friday where we celebrate this “Last Supper” or “communion”.  We celebrate it many times during the year but, on this night, the cost to Jesus is closer to mind.  As we celebrate it we should keep in mind Jesus prepared for it ahead of time.  We also need to prepare ourselves ahead of time.  We should already have made things right with anyone we’ve hurt, whether intentional or not.  We should already have confessed our sins, sought God’s forgiveness and forgiven ourselves as well as those who might have hurt us.  We need to learn to come to celebrate communion with clean hearts and open spirits.  May we each be ready.  This “Last Supper” is a preparation for the banquet we are invited to when we graduate to heaven.

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