Prayers - Poems & Quotes
There are many people in the world who do not believe in the power of prayer. They say that God does not hear or answer their prayers. One of the greatest examples of heard and answered prayer in the Bible is found in Matthew 14, in the account of Jesus and Peter walking on the water. Verses 28-31 say: Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him. No lengthy petition, just three short words “Lord, save me!” heard and answered immediately. Unfortunately, one of the most frequently prayed and answered prayers today, is also just three words. Probably millions of times a day, people around the world cry out: “God damn it!” Then they are angry with Him when He answers and does.
Proverbs 18:21 says: The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Why not ask God to bless the things in your life rather than damning them?
When there was one law: From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat. (Genesis 2:17) Adam and Eve violated the law.
When there were 10 commandments man could not abide by them.
There were 613 Levitical laws. They laws could not change the behavior of men.
Today in this country there are so many laws, no one can number and list them all and we have more crime than ever before.
More laws don’t and won’t stop crime. It’s not a legal problem. It’s a problem with the heart of man.
The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Let’s try these two:
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39)
I was regretting the past, fearing
the future. Suddenly my Lord was
MY NAME IS,, I AM
He paused , I waited
When you live in the past,
with its mistakes and regrets,
it is difficult. I was not there.
MY NAME IS NOT,, I WAS
When you live in the future,
with its problems and fears,
it is difficult, I am not there
MY NAME IS NOT,, I WILL BE
When you live in the moment,
it is not difficult. I am there
MY NAME IS ,, I AM
With the ruling by SCOTUS this week, legalizing homosexual marriage in this country, effectively redefining the word marriage,(and this is not a commentary on that ruling) I couldn’t help but to think of another word that has been mistakenly redefined by our culture. That word is religion. Religion has often been mistakenly made to be synonymous with Judeo / Christian faith. Take a look at the definitions of religion from dictionary.com listed below. Pay particular attention to numbers 1,2, and 6.
1.a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2.a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
3.the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
4.the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
5.the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
6.something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
So to all my anti-religious friends and acquaintances, I ask you to recognize that none of us are not religious. We all believe in something. The set of fundamental beliefs that you and a number of others believe in is your religion. So if you don’t agree with my values and beliefs don’t hide behind the statement that you can’t stand religious folks. We all, if we have integrity, believe and “cling to something”, our religion.
It really comes down to what Joshua said to the Israelites in Joshua 24:14-15
“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but
as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”