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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Matthew 21:21-22 (AMP)
21 And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a

firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has

been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be

taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done. 22 And whatever you ask

for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.

Needless to say 2010 has been a very different year for me.  For the first time,
really, I've had to deal with the frailty of the human body.  The parts

sometimes wear out and need repair or replacement; like the frame on my

2001 Toyota.  Or the retina (repair) and lens (replacement) in my eye. 

In spite of it all, I don't think I'd ask for anything different or seek

to change any of the events of the past year.  God has been good to me;

I mean really, really good. I've had lots of quality quiet time to

spend with Him.  I feel like I'm just learning to study God's

Word and interact with it.  This blog has been part of that

experience.  If it has been a blessing to you, the blessing is from

God.  My blessing doesn't mean much in the scheme of things.

If there is one big lesson I've learned, it is the correlation between

being a student of the Bible and confidence in prayer.  I've learned

that often we don't know how to pray because we don't fully understand

how God acts or what He wants for us and others.  I can easily fall into

the trap of making the will of God into a huge mystery.  When we study

scripture, we know that we are naturally separated from God and that it

is His will to redeem us through the giving of His Son on the cross.  It

is His will that we should love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind

and strength, and our neighbor as much as we love and care

for ourselves.  It is God's will for us to meditate on His Word, and to

pray about everything with thanksgiving in our hearts.  We are to

worship the Lord in spirit and in truth and speak the truth in love. 

This is part of the revealed will of God.  There is no

mystery here.  He wants us to know clearly His plan for us.  While God

has some plans that are still hidden from us, like when He will return

to earth, much of His will is made plain if we take the time to look for


E. M. Bounds said, "Unless the power of prayer is supplied by God's Word, prayer, though earnest, is empty."

That is what I've learned.  Knowing God's Word and prayer go hand in

hand.  Knowledge of God through scripture breathes life into prayer. 

Now the challenge for me is to know God so intimately that prayer

becomes second nature to me.  To be at a place where I don't have to

wrestle with how I should pray is what I really long for.  My desire for

2011 is to witness the power of God in answer to prayer.

I want to declare, "That's something only God can do.  No plan of mankind could produce that result."

Have a Merry Christmas.  God bless us, every one.

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Comment by Gerald Polmateer on January 8, 2011 at 1:54pm
God wants two things: Know Him and make disciples. What else should be our focus?


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