Keep Praying; Don’t Quit

Encouragement to keep on praying – for years if necessary.

Steve Prokopchak

images-3Breakthrough . . . after twenty-five years of praying.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised (Hebrews 10:36).

Jason, Greg, Scott and Mike were my closest friends throughout high school. We were inseparable. We knew the intimate details of one another’s life. Then I had to go and ruin it all by “getting religious.” In December of 1971 I bowed my knee to Jesus and the partying (literally) was over for me. New friends, those who would disciple me as a baby Christian, began to emerge.

While I never condemned my close high school friends, and, I kept my friendship with them, I no longer participated in or condoned their behavior. It was a radical change for me, but I didn’t really consider how radical of a change it was for them. The first half of my…

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The God Who Stoops Down

Good words on God’s humility from my friend David Kitz

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                         Psalm 113

Praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD, you his servants;
praise the name of the L
ORD.
Let the name of the L
ORD be praised,
both now and forevermore.
 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the L
ORD is to be praised.

The LORD is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the L
ORD our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.
He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.

Praise the LORD

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Singing a New Song

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                          Psalm 96

Verses 1-6

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the L
ORD, all the earth.
Sing to the L
ORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the L
ORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary
(NIV).

Reflection

Who are you singing to? Let’s face it; most of us sing. We may not sing in a choir or in front of a crowd of thousands, but we sing. Maybe you sing in the shower. Maybe you just hum, whistle…

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Your Posture in Prayer

Good thoughts from my friend David Kitz.

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                       Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Verses 1-7

Hear me, LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, L
ORD;
listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me
(NIV).

Reflection

What posture or position do you take when you pray? Do you kneel, stand or lie prostrate? Do you bow your head, or raise your head and look heavenward? Do you fold your hands or raise them to God?

cape breton 258 Cheticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia — photo by David Kitz

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Nothing I Desire Besides You

I love the Psalms

Reading: Psalm 73
Verses 21-28
When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds (NIV).

Reflection
I love the brutal honesty of the psalmist. I always like to think I am the smartest one in…

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