Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 12, 2012

Fervent Prayer

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Ephesians 6:18 With every prayer and petition, pray a at all times in the Spirit, and to this end b be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.

Wow.  That is a lot.  It starts out “with EVERY prayer and petition.”  What is it we are to do every time we pray and/or ask God for something?  We are to pray or ask in the Spirit.  Praying in the Spirit is not confined to praying in a different tongue.  Praying in the Spirit also means praying in the will and manner of God.  Jesus demonstrated this to us through what we all call, “The Lord’s Prayer.”  The essence is praying for God’s Kingdom to come on earth in the same way as it is in heaven.  This means we want God’s Kingdon within us and within those for whom we pray.  God’s Kingdon cannot exist in an air of judgement, selfishness or any other self-serving attitude.  It exists with the fruits of God’s Spirit and it is with these fruits we are to pray.  We are also told to be alert with perseverance in all requests for all the saints.  I’ve been guilty of leaving the church prayer list at church and flippantly ask God to be with all those on the prayer list.  That is not perseverance and definitely not requiring alertness from me.  Our question is are we willing to take the time and effort to pray with perseverance and alertness in the manner of Jesus or would we rather be flippant in our prayers?  I’ve always taught my children anything worthwhile takes an effort.  Prayer is no exception.  Prayer for ourselves, our families, our friends, the other believers and those who are lost.  Let us get serious in our prayers.

July 9, 2012

Keeping Score

1Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. . It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. . Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love keeps no account of wrongs. We are so good at keeping account. We use it as ammunition when we are arguing. . We keep score. We want to be sure we hurt back the one who hurts us. God does not keep account of wrongs or sins after we confess. When He forgives He strikes it from His book. He never brings it up to us again. He says it is as far as the east is from the west. The sins we do against God are much worse than anything that can be done against us. When we pray the prayer Jesus taught, the prayer we call “The Lord’s Prayer,” we as God to forgive us foin the same manner we forgive others. Our question is do we want God to keep score on us in the same way we keep score on others? Once again, as with all the aspects of love, the choice is ours to make.

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