Let Us Pray.
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We live in a world that is full of words. It seems like a lot of them are delivered with great passion but very little determination. Nothing is more empty than intention unpursued. Our gratitude should lead to us doing things that display it. We ought to be continually and visibly grateful to the God who saves us and lifts us up.
It's a really big ocean, this life we live. Sooner or later we come to the end of ourselves. Time or weakness or sins catch up with us and we (somewhat belatedly) recognize we can't go it alone. How great is it that when we reach out in our distress there is a lifesaver that is committed to keeping us afloat. How is it we forget?
When another has done you wrong... Friend, partner, political adversary, spouse... What sort of words fly from your throat? We feel we deserve the right to cut loose on someone who harms us, but should we? What if we chose different words?
Out of an age where the FORM of prayer had made it mostly a ritual, a man was asked by His followers to help them learn to pray. You may know this prayer, but do you know why it is so unique?
Hezekiah was young. He was king. He was threatened with extinction. He felt completely incapable of rising to the occasion. The words of His prayer show us how to pray in the moment of despair.
Daniel found himself in a touchy spot. He was caught between earthly power and heavenly power. Earthly power seems more immediate and threatening when it's set against you. The threat to Daniel was immediate and very real. His prayer reveals the source of his peace.
Moses lived a long and largely faithful life. Even HE needed some help from those closest to him when it came to prayer, and on this one day, we learn that his prayer (and their help) made all the difference.