January 16, 2022

Praying Must Be Done

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.
Psalm 105:4
Praying must be done. God wants it done. He commands it. We need it and we must do it. Something must surely come of praying, for God engages that something shall come out of it, if we are in earnest and are persevering in prayer. After Jesus teaches Ask and it shall be given you, etc., he encourages real praying, and more praying. He repeats and avers with redoubled assurance, for everyone who asks receives. No exception. Everyone. Everyone who searches find. Here it is again, sealed and stamped with infinite veracity. Then closed and signed, as well as sealed, with Divine attestation, For everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Note how we are encouraged to pray by our relation to God!
 Edward M. Bounds, The Reality of Prayer
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
 Luke 11:10
Thank you, Lord, that you in calling on us to come to you, you offer us not only words or memorized prayers, but a relationship.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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