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“Very Early in the Morning”

10 Jul

Mark 1:35-38 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

The more I think of it, I realize that if I don’t spend time in prayer and in the word right when I wake up in the morning, I spend the day not giving much glory to God. I’m not exactly what you would call a “morning person”. I prefer late night to early morning. I even sometimes convince myself that reading the bible at night before I go to bed is better than early in the morning. Maybe you do the same.

The bible is inspired by God according to 2 Timothy 3:16. That means that the writer of the gospel of Mark was inspired by God and that there’s a reason why this book includes a few verses where Jesus wakes up early in the morning, goes to a place of solitude and prays.

Allow me to apologize to everyone who likes to read the bible and pray before going to bed as opposed to reading and praying in the morning. I’m in the same boat and I’m sorry if I offend you, but I think we have it wrong.

Jesus prayed in the morning. More than that, he got up while it was still dark and went to pray. Almost no one wakes up regularly when it’s still dark, right? When we read on, we see that his disciples came to him and told him that people were looking for Jesus. This means that Jesus started praying when it was still dark and nobody was up and finished praying when everyone was already awake. Wouldn’t that be like today’s 5am to 7am? Jesus prayed for around two hours! If a prefect Jesus needs to pray for two hours, how many hours should we pray in the morning?

When we pray in the morning, we prepare our minds and our hearts for the spiritual battle of that day. We also show that, by making prayer and meditation on God’s word the first thing we do when we wake up, God is the number one priority in our lives.

So, to those who do read and pray in the morning, never quit. To the rest of us (including myself) who prefer reading and praying at night, I think we need to change our habits. Don’t you agree?

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Pray to Pray

19 Dec

There is no doubt that it is by praying that we learn to pray, and that the more we pray, the better our prayers will be. People who pray in spurts are never likely to attain to the kind of prayer described in the Scriptures as “powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

Great power in prayer is within our reach, but we must work to obtain it. We should never imagine that Abraham could have interceded so successfully for Sodom if he had not communed with God throughout the previous years of his life. Jacob’s entire night of wrestling at Peniel was certainly not the first encounter he had with his God. And we can even look at our Lord’s most beautiful and wonderful prayer in John 17, before His suffering and death, as the fruit of His many nights of devotion, and of His rising often before daybreak to pray.

If a person believes he can become powerful in prayer without making a commitment to it, he is living under a great delusion. The prayer of Elijah, which stopped the rain from heaven and later opened heaven’s floodgates, was only one example of a long series of his mighty pleadings with God, Oh, if only we Christians would remember that perseverance in prayer is necessary for it to be effective and victorious!

The great intercessors, who are seldom mentioned in connection with the heroes and martyrs of the faith, were nevertheless the greatest benefactors of the church. Yet their becoming the channels of the blessings of mercy to others was only made possible by their abiding at the mercy seat of God.

Remember, we must pray to pray, and continue in prayer so our prayers may continue.

Charles H. Spurgeon

R.P.G.

29 Nov

Most people think that “RPG” is a gaming acronym for “Role Playing Game”, meaning a video-game where you play the role of  a character, but there is another way to interpret this acronym. A Christian way that will help your every day walk with Christ.

There are a few verses in 1 Thessalonians that are very powerful.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

“RPG” doesn’t have to mean “Role Playing Game”. It can mean “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in everything.”

Rejoicing always is very important in the life of a believer. When we rejoice always, others look at our joy and feel inspired to gain a similar joy. No one will want to become a Christian if they know that you are one and you sulk around with a sad face. They would not feel like they are missing something in their lives. Be careful not to make the mistake of rejoicing in earthly things. We need to rejoice in Christ alone and make Him our treasure and full joy. What’s so special about rejoicing in earthly things? Nothing is, in fact unbelievers can do that, but joy in God and His son, Jesus Christ is something entirely different. So make sure that you rejoice every day in Christ Jesus and when people ask you, ” Why are you always so joyful?”, introduce them to the only filler of joy, Jesus Christ.

“Pray without ceasing” literally means “Pray without stopping”. Pray the whole day through. Never stop. Always be in communication with God. The devil never stops attacking and tempting us, so why should we ever drop our guard? Prayer is a war walkie-talkie. We are in constant danger of the enemy, so we need to keep our phone on for backup because we will lose the battle on our own.

Here is a helpful short three-minute video on prayer.

Giving thanks in all that we do makes us think more of the unprivileged and the poor. We become more Christ-like because we acknowledge the fact that it is God who gives us everything and He can take it all away whenever He pleases (Job 1:21). If we don’t have a thankful heart, then we take all we have for granted and that does not glorify Christ. Give thanks for waking up in the morning, for the food you eat, for having a job, for transportation, for school, for family and friends, and most importantly, give thanks everyday for Christ who showed enough grace to save you from your wickedness.

So live everyday thinking of these three key elements. Say to yourself every day “RPG, RPG, RPG”. Rejoice, pray and give thanks every moment of your life and Christ will be pleased and glorified in you.

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