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Hi folks- it'll be a short one, but hopefully sweet! Devon is doing just fine according to Nicole, but did admit that he hasn't been praying a lot! It's not that he has given up hope, to the contrary, he wholeheartedly believes he will be healed! And it's not that he doesn't believe that Jesus is isn't with him, because he does! I don't know if he has neglected praying because he is lazy, or he is bored, or he just doesn't remember, or he is tired! But if if is for any of the above reasons, ISN'T HE JUST LIKE THE REST OF US? There have been many of times, I must admit, that I have either forgotten to, been too lazy to, or just plain fallen asleep while I was saying my nightly prayers! It doesn't make us any more a sinner, and it doesn't mean that God will "be mad" at us, but it might just mean that we aren't putting enough of an importance on Jesus in our lives! We should seek Him for peace, and we should seek Him for comfort, and we should seek Him for resolution! We need Him to resolve our difficulties, because we have no chance doing it ourselves! So how can we NOT pray? I reminded Devon that even though God knows what he is thinking and probably subconsciously praying, He needs to hear it verbalized constantly! I told him not to assume that God knew what he needed, because He really wants that one on one, PERSONAL conversation with Him that only prayer will avail! For whatever reason that he's not praying, I told him, it is not good enough! Prayer is our most important access to God! And any reason for not praying doesn't pass the sniff test! Smells a little fishy to me! I also told him that we all prayed for him tonight at church, where Pastor Shaun captivated the 400-500 of us that were there, with a scintillating message about inviting Jesus into our lives! He said we must break away from our past, and pin all our hopes in what He wants us to become! BUT IT IS ON US! Jesus will be knocking at all of our doors, but we must be the ones to INVITE HIM IN! And make no mistake about it, if we invite Him in, HE WILL COME! But it is us, ultimately, who must individually and consciously break away from our past and unify together to fully realize the God's potential for us all! We, Christians are all in this together, to spread the Word, to maximize our potential, and to build the body of the church! Dwelling on our sinful pasts, only gets in the way, and muddies up the water!
But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)
If we all just dwelled on our past indiscretions and sins, and didn't "forgive" ourselves, Jesus would not have ANY followers! There would be no one in heaven because our guilt would never allow us to become that for which Jesus has planned! Rather than wallow in guilt, why not flourish in promises and hope? Goodnight and God bless, Dana