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How to Interact with Scripture

How to Interact with Scripture

by Kimberley Payne

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So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3, NIV).

There are many prayers in the Old Testament, but Daniel’s prayer stands out as one of the most powerful. Daniel meditated on Scripture and his prayers reflected this. He allowed God to speak to him through his readings and then spoke back to God through his prayers.

God’s word, the Bible, is God speaking to us.

How can we respond? We can speak back to Him. When we read Scripture, we can pause, think about what He’s saying, and say something to Him in response. God desires a two-way conversation.

This may be foreign to you and you may wonder what to say. Take for example, that you read a passage of Scripture that is difficult to understand. Instead of skipping over it, you may stop and say, “God I find this passage confusing. Please help me to understand Your word.” Or you may read something that you have trouble believing. Take a moment to ask God to help you believe and increase your faith.

You may read a passage that moves you because of a demonstration of God’s power and majesty. Stop and take a moment to praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for the work He’s done on your behalf. Give Him the worship and thanksgiving that He’s worthy of.

Or you may read a passage that reminds you of a need you or someone else has. Stop and take a moment to lift that need to God and intercede on behalf of someone else.

Reading the Bible doesn’t need to be
just a quiet time of reflection.

We can read God’s word and talk with Him like Daniel did.

Prayer:

Dear Lord – Thank You for Your Word. It is life-saving, inspiring, and healing. I pray that You will remind me daily to read the Bible and pray back to you Your Word as it speaks to my heart. In Jesus name, I pray.

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Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

 

Power of Prayer

Power of Prayer

by T. L. Wiens

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The holidays. They come with extra stuff and people. My daughter sacrificed her comfortable room and bed to give her sister, brother in-law and niece a place to find some privacy while they stayed with us to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.

After the festivities where over and my daughter could again return to her room, she began taking stock—she couldn’t find her purse. A desperate search ensued. She couldn’t find it.

We went over all the places she’d looked and the measures she’d taken to locate the purse.

“Have you tried praying?” I asked.

She hung her head and sighed. “No.”

A prayer was said and within a minute the purse was located.

Sometimes we forget that God cares for us, even the smaller details. I think the next time something goes missing, my daughter’s first action will be to say a prayer and call on her Heavenly Father’s help.

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

What’s the Point of Prayer Anyway?

What’s the Point of Prayer Anyway?

by Bruce Atchison

Prayer

Kneeling to Pray

 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him (Matthew 6:7-8 KJV) .

In my previous post to this blog, How I Got a Miracle House, I’ve dealt with my childish misunderstanding of prayer and my errant use of Christ’s name. Both misapprehensions came from my not knowing about the sovereignty of God. Because many Christians lack this knowledge, they stray into many harmful beliefs.

One question which comes up often is why bother praying if the Lord already knows what we need.

Prayer isn’t some magic incantation but
our dialogue with our heavenly Father.

As a loving father, he wouldn’t give us what would maliciously hurt us. Whatever happens to us is filtered through his permissive will. The first chapter of Job is a good example of how Satan can’t do anything unless God lets him do it. At the end, Job had twice as many cattle and other things. He also had another family on earth as well as those waiting for him in heaven.

The Lord demonstrated his sovereign power to me by granting my prayer for a quiet location in which to write. I moved from place to place in Edmonton but every new apartment, condo, or house I moved to had disagreeable neighbours. I finally concluded that relocating to a small town might be better.

In the spring of 2000, I received a lump sum payout from the federal government. As a clerical worker, the Public Servants Alliance of Canada claimed that people in my category weren’t paid the same as other government employees. The Treasury Board awarded us with the accumulated back pay after they lost their court case against the PSAC.

As I toured house after house in small communities, I prayed that I would find a place with no nearby neighbours and within walking distance of a town. When I found my current home, I realized the Lord let it stand empty so that I could occupy it right away. Moreover, the hamlet had a grocery store and other amenities that were within walking distance of my house.

I used most of the money from the government to put a down payment on my new  home and to install a septic field. My gift from God has been paid off for seven years and my hope is that I can live here for the rest of my life. It’s like a permanent writing retreat.

Bruce Atchison

Bruce is a legally-blind freelance writer. His articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and newsletters. Additionally, he is VP of Communication for the Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater constituency association of the Wildrose Party. Atchison is also the author of three memoirs. He lives in a tiny prairie hamlet with his two house rabbits. See him at his blog (WordPress) blog (Blogspot), TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Virtual Bookworm.

WHY DO WE NEED TO PRAY BEFORE GIVING AN ANSWER?

Pray Before Giving Your Answer

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted July 12, 2012 with permission)

Nathan
TODAY’S SPECIAL: 2 Samuel 7:1-17

TO CHEW ON: “Then Nathan said to the king, ‘Go and do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.’
But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan saying, ‘Go and tell my servant David, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?”‘” 2 Samuel 7:3-5.

As we read on from the focus verse above, we see that God said no to David’s idea of building Him a house. Rather, David’s seed (his son Solomon) was the one God had picked to do this (2 Samuel 7:12-13). And poor Nathan had to go back the next day and burst David’s bubble, so to speak.

Nathan’s quick, off-the-cuff reaction to David’s question reminds me of how I so often respond to ideas and opportunities that come my way: Oh, that sounds like a good idea, interesting, fun! Yes. I’ll get involved. But I neglect to consult with God first just like Nathan. Then later, usually during my quiet time, God and I revisit the thing I’ve just committed to. More than once I’ve sensed I should pull back, or pull out.

That’s why I’m trying to make it a habit to defer making decisions on opportunities, or projects, or new commitments until I’ve had a chance to check with the Boss. For what seems like a great idea to me may not be what God has in mind at all.

Even Jesus adopted this policy. He said: “… I do nothing of Myself but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things” – John 8:28.

PRAYER:

Dear God, please help me to subject my opportunities and involvements to Your scrutiny and to be obedient to Your directions. Amen.

MORE: Prayer and work

“It is not prayer in addition to work, but prayer simultaneous with work. We precede, enfold and follow all our work with prayer.” – Richard Foster (quoted in Prayer Points p. 54).
“There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we may be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating, meeting all the demands of external affairs. But deep within, behind the scenes, at a profounder level, we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship, and a gentle reception to divine breathings.”  – Thomas Kelly (Quoted in Prayer Points p. 55-56).

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Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.