Mending Power

Recently, my oldest son introduced me to the mending power of Gorilla Glue. He helped me fix a dining chair with a wobbly leg the week before Thanksgiving.

Then, when one of my new Christmas Santas was knocked over and broke in half, I knew that Gorilla Glue was what I could depend on to put it back together. It’s proven to be very reliable.

A few days ago, one of my flip flops broke. The little piece that fits between my toes snapped in half. That was the third flip flop I had broken in the last two months. I guess I’m pretty rough on my flip flops.

I was about to throw the flip flops in the trash and then I remembered the mending power of Gorilla Glue and wondered if it could fix my broken shoe. So, I decided to give it a try. I mean after all, what did I have to lose?

To my surprise, the glue worked and I am wearing my flip flops again. Gorilla Glue works great!

But what should we do about those broken non-material things in our lives? Is there a reliable mending source for those intangibles that are far more valuable than chairs, flip flops, and Santa figurines?

Yes! God’s word is the number one reliable mender of all things broken.

Do you have broken relationships? Any scripture about love and forgiveness will mend relationships if applied as directed consistently.

Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Is your heart broken?

Psalms 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Are you crumbling under the weight of debt?

Luke 14:28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

Hebrews 13:5a Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.

Is your reputation broken?

Acts 24:16 “In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and men.”

Is your career broken?

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Maybe you had plans for your life but something happened that was out of your control or you made mistakes that broke your plans apart.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

The list of broken things in our lives could go on and on. But the good news is that the Lord addresses all of those broken situations in His word. All we have to do is find the scripture that pertains to our particular brokenness and apply it.

What do you depend on to mend the broken things in your life? Alcohol, drugs, social media, complaining, or advice from others who are just as broken? Those are all temporary fixes that will only leave us more broken.

The mending power of God’s word is always reliable and lasts forever!

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

I have personally experienced the mending power of God’s word in my own life. I was once bitter, resentful, angry, and had trouble forgiving others blaming them for my problems.

Through the daily application of God’s word, prayer, and reliance on the Holy Spirit, those broken areas of my life are now mended. Now I live a life full of joy, peace, compassion, and love for others.

God’s word works! We just have to use it.

Pray and ask the Lord to help you with whatever is broken in your life. Then go to God’s word to find the solutions and do what God tells you to do.

Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Believe me, I know it’s not easy to do God’s word all the time but I also know that it is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the Holy Spirit’s jobs is to help us obey God’s word, so ask Him to help you. He will!

John 14:16-17a Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever–the Spirit of truth.”

I’d love to hear the go-to scriptures that God has used or is using to mend your brokenness. Please share them so we can benefit from them as well. Thank you and God bless you!

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Close

At the end of 2019 and the very start of 2020, the questions, “What are your goals for 2020?” and “What is your “word” for this new year?” were all over social media. If people weren’t asking about our “word” or goals they were telling us what their goals and word for the new year are.

It makes me feel a little pressured thinking I have to come up with these goals and words. Don’t get me wrong, I am always wanting to improve on the previous year. Therefore, I pray for direction from the Lord about what action to take if any.

This year, as I considered some changes and improvements I would like to make in different areas of my life, the Lord has been showing me one thing; “stay close.” My two words and goal for 2020 are to “stay close” to the Lord.

John 15:4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can bear no fruit unless you remain in me.

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to be in 2020 is unfruitful or unproductive.

To remain means to abide, dwell, hang around, stay, stick around, and to tarry. [Merriam-Webster Dictionary App]

How can we stay close to the Lord?

We can read and study God’s word daily getting to know Him better. When we know God better we will trust Him more.

We can also spend time with the Lord every day in prayer. Not just talking to Him but also being quiet and listening to what He is speaking into our spirit.

You may say, “I’m too busy to spend time in prayer and reading the Bible.”

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. We all get to choose how we spend those 24 hours. If spending time with our Creator and Savior is not a priority in those 24 hours then those 24 hours will have been unproductive and unfruitful.

“If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will, in the end, make no difference what you have chosen instead.” ~ William Law

It’s our choice! We get to choose how close we will be to the Lord. He doesn’t move away from us, we move away from Him.

James 4:8a Come near to God and he will come near to you.

What are the benefits of staying close to the Lord?

  • Lack of fear
  • Spiritual growth
  • A greater understanding and knowledge of God’s word
  • Increased wisdom and discernment
  • Increased love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
  • Increased faith
  • Eternal assurance
  • Increased hope
  • Increased obedience to God’s word
  • Decreased compromise of God’s word
  • Not so easily deceived
  • Direction

The list could go on and on.

The sky is the limit for those who stay close to the Creator of heaven and earth. To the One who knows the beginning and the end. To the One who is in control of all things. To the One who loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Whatever your “word” or your goal for 2020 is, I encourage you to stay close to the Lord. There is no safer place to be. There is no more productive or fruitful place to be.

Colossians 1:9-11 … that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

If You Love Me

My husband and I like to take our dog Autumn for walks on our property. We take the leash along just in case she refuses to obey.

If we’re not careful, she’ll wander off and return smelling like the decaying carcass of the animal she rolled around in. Why on earth do dogs do this? Baffling and gross!

When my husband and Autumn returned from a recent walk, he was happy to report that she was very obedient. Actually, he was amazed by her obedience. Needless to say, he made sure Autumn knew he was very pleased with her.

You see, Autumn is usually a fearful, stubborn, rebellious dog (sounds a lot like me at times). So, for one of us to say that she was obedient for an entire 15-acre walk is really saying something.

Autumn’s act of obedience reminds me of scripture. John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.”

We don’t have to exhaustingly work hard at trying to obey God in order to prove our love for Him. The more we fall in love with the Lord, obedience to Him will come more naturally. We’ll actually desire to be pleasing to Him.

Psalm 119:35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.

The more time Autumn spends with my husband, the more she gets to know him and trust him. The more she knows him and trusts him, her love for him grows. Therefore, her obedience to him increases.

It’s the same with God. The more time we spend with Him in prayer, bible study, and experiencing life with Him, the better we will know Him. The better we know Him, the more we will trust Him and what He says.

The more we realize we can trust God and His Word, the deeper and deeper in love we will fall with Him. Resulting in more obedience.

What is the result of more obedience? A more pleasant journey.

Psalm 119:1-2 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their hearts.

What is the reward of obedience?

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With a long life, I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Just as my husband made it clear to Autumn that she had done a great job on their walk and that he was very pleased with her obedience, so also the Lord will express His delight in our obedience.

Matthew 25:23 His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness!”

I don’t know about you but that’s what I’m looking forward to hearing the Lord say to me at the end of my walk.

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Me?

Wow! It’s been quite an emotional couple of weeks. Some moments have left me speechless. Others have left me angry. And still, others have left me in tears.

The expression, “When it rains it pours,” comes to mind.

Transparency isn’t always easy for me. Some may say it’s rooted in pride and they would probably be right. However, as I have been praying about whether or not to share my latest health issues with you, I sense the Lord prompting me to do so in the anticipation that my struggles will encourage and help someone else.

If I share my struggles with you, and you happen to be going through a similar situation or know someone who is, and what I share with you encourages you in some way or causes your faith in God to grow then my struggle and transparency will have all been worth it.

2 Corinthians 1:6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

Most importantly God is glorified when we humbly admit that when we are weak, He is strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

So, it is by God’s grace, for His glory, and for the good of others I share this with you.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, I went to the hospital for a follow-up mammogram. Follow-up, because 6 months ago I had a surgical biopsy that turned out to be benign.

Leading up to and the day of the mammogram, I never once considered that there would be an issue. After all, I had just been there 6 months prior and all that had been determined to be cause for concern had been removed.

For one quick moment, while driving into the parking lot, a fleeting thought came to me about a possibility of an issue but I quickly dismissed that negative little thought and proceeded.

Once inside and all checked in, I didn’t have to wait long to begin the procedure. After the images were taken, I was directed to wait in the waiting area until further instruction was given.

I was sitting there interacting with the women around me, prepared for opportunities to be an encouragement to them or possibly pray with anyone who had received a negative diagnosis.

To my shock and amazement, the one receiving a negative diagnosis that day was me. As I was guided back into the imaging room and shown the images that had just been taken, I was numb and confused.

Many questions were going through my mind and my mouth was searching for words. How could this have happened in such a short amount of time? Why is this happening to Me? What is it? Is it cancer?

I was trying to trust God and resist the temptation to fear at the same time. I have to admit a little fear snuck in.

More images were taken and more waiting as instructed. All I could think was, “I have to tell my husband.” I went to my locker to find my phone.

While sending him a text, there was a woman standing beside me. She said something leading me to believe she may be a Christian. I asked her if she was a praying person and she responded that she was. She asked me if I was a Christian and I responded that I was.

As I cried, I told her about my situation and we prayed. She was done with her mammogram and was free to go but she wanted to stay with me as long as she could.

I had arrived there that morning prepared for God to use me to comfort someone in need and that person in need turned out to be me. He provided exactly what I needed at the exact time I needed it. He is our on-time God!

From there, I had a consultation with the radiologist about my area of concern and the need for a biopsy. I went upstairs to see my doctor and surgery was scheduled for the next week, Tuesday, May 28th.

In between that time and my surgery, I had many people praying for me. Everyone had encouraging and positive words for me.

To be honest, I was saying positive things and I was praying and asking God to cause this to all turn out to be nothing, as it had been before, but in the back of my mind, I sensed that this time may be different. But I was still hopeful.

I had the surgery and all went well. The area of concern had been sent off to the lab. I had no pain and no nausea. Glory to God! Post-surgery nausea has always been a problem for me in the past. Thankfully, not this time!

My surgery was on Tuesday the 28th. Thursday the 30th I received the call from my doctor with the lab results. I was hoping to hear, “I have good news, the area of concern is benign,” just as I had 6 months ago. To my dismay, that wasn’t the case this time.

Instead, he told me I have early-stage breast cancer. As the doctor informed me of my next steps, my head was spinning.

Honestly, I never thought that I would ever hear my name and the word cancer in the same sentence. I was shocked!

As I cried, I began to mentally review my “good deeds” resume’ with God. You know the one; I eat healthily, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I go to church (even on Wednesdays), I volunteer at my church, I read and study the bible, I pray for others and share the gospel with others. I don’t deserve this! Why is this happening to me?

Then the Lord reminded me that He is love. He is good. And He is sovereign.

He doesn’t love me because I do good things. He isn’t good to me because I do good things. He loves me and is good to me because it’s who He is. I can’t earn His love and goodness.

He didn’t stop loving me that day. He didn’t stop being good to me that day. He didn’t leave me that day. He didn’t fall off of the throne that day.

Once all of that was settled in my spirit, the fear left and the peace of God came. 1 John 4:18a There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.

God allows suffering in the lives of believers. We can see it throughout the Bible. For example, look at the lives of Joseph, Job, Peter, John, Paul, and of course Jesus.

God allows suffering for His greater purpose, His greater plan, and His greater good; a purpose, a plan, and goodness we don’t always see or understand right away.

I heard Joyce Meyer say once, “We live life forward but we understand it backward.” That’s so true!

What should we do when we don’t understand?

Trust the One who does!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

I may not understand why or how this is happening to me, but I am determined, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to trust God and to submit to His will for me. I know He will lead me to victory; whatever that may look like.

I don’t know where this journey will take me but I’m honored and humbled to be able to share it with you. One thing I do know is that no matter what happens, God will be glorified. That, after all, is my purpose.

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

​Heed the Call

On a recent Sunday afternoon, after church, I decided to go for a walk on our property to enjoy the warm sunshine and search for my husband who had mentioned that morning that he might go fishing that day.

We have a bayou that borders one side of our property. We also have a slew in the middle of our property and a neighbor’s pond that borders the other side of our property. I wasn’t sure where I’d find him but I set out to try.

Since I wasn’t sure where exactly he had decided to go fishing, I called his name out now and then, as I walked the property, in hopes that he would hear me. The area around the bayou and slew are wooded so I knew I wouldn’t see him from the main trail.

Finally bellowing his name paid off! I heard him answering my call. He called out to me. I walked back in the direction to where I heard his voice coming from and I could hear his footsteps through the woods walking toward me.

We visited for a few minutes. I warned him about the slithering sunbathers I had encountered along the trail and then he carefully returned to the bayou to do more fishing. He hadn’t caught anything at that point but later he sent me a picture of a nice looking catfish.

The next morning I started to replay that scenario in my mind. It reminded me of a scripture.

John 10:27 My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.

I was calling out to my husband because I was searching for him. Jesus is calling out to the lost, searching for them and offering them eternal life.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

When my husband heard my voice he knew that it was me. That’s because he knows me and my voice. He’s been hearing it for nearly 30 years.

If he had heard the voice of someone else that day in the woods; a voice he didn’t recognize, he wouldn’t have been so eager to walk towards that voice. That person would be a stranger to him.

John 10:4-5 His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.

Jesus is calling out to the lost today. If you are lost and you don’t recognize the voice of Jesus, He is the one offering you forgiveness for your sins and eternal life.

You may not recognize His voice because you don’t know Him yet. The first step in getting to know Him is by answering the call, going to Him, and then asking Him to forgive your sins. There is a prayer at the end of this post that will lead you through the first step to getting to know Jesus.

The next step, in getting to know Jesus, is to read and study the Bible-God’s word. I’ve always been told that if you’ve never read the bible before, the best place to start is the book of John.

As you are reading, ask God to help you understand what you are reading. He will! He does it for me all the time!

Finally, find a good bible teaching church and a bible study group. Surround yourself with other followers of Christ. They will encourage you, pray for you, and help you along your journey.

I pray you will heed the call of Christ today. He is the only way to true peace, true joy, true love, a life of purpose, and eternal life. Don’t wait another day to enjoy all God has in store for you!

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Do You Know Your Father?

I enjoy the TV show “Finding Your Roots.” It’s a show that hosts famous people and reveals their ancestry to them. They learn things about their family that they never knew before. I like the history behind it all. It’s extremely fascinating! Maybe you’ve seen it.

Recently as I was watching, there were two guests on the show that wanted to know more about their fathers. One’s father was an absentee father and the other had a biological father but was raised by a man she considered to be her “real dad.”

To discover the unknowns about the guest’s fathers, the professionals used a genealogy paper trail and genetic DNA analysis to reveal hundreds of years old secrets. Then they compiled it all into a book they called a “book of life.”

These two individuals had spent most of their lives wondering about fathers they barely knew. They knew their father’s names but almost nothing about their father’s lineage. They wondered how their lives would have been different if their fathers had been part of their lives a little bit more.

They both felt that if they explored their paternal roots they would see themselves more completely than ever before.

The highly anticipated moment had arrived. They both received the information they had been waiting for and longing for.

Some of their comments, after receiving their book of life, were: “There is a peace in knowing the truth about who you are and where you come from; it’s empowering.” “I have a feeling of wholeness.” “Learning about the father I never knew is transforming.” “You gave me information, context and a journey to go on.” “This changes the way I look at myself.” “It’s healing to know who I am and where I come from. I leave here a changed person; healed on the inside. It’s very powerful!”

We have a Heavenly Father that wants us to know more about Him. There is a paper trail called the Bible that reveals hundreds of years old secrets about our Heavenly Father; God.

We can get to know God better through the study of His word (the bible). The bible is also one of the ways God speaks to us. We also get to know Him through prayer (talking to Him) and experiencing Him; spending quality time with Him and noticing His presence in our lives. These are all the same ways we get to know anyone.

We can’t get to know someone if we don’t listen to them, talk to them and spend time with them. Right?

Most of us know more about our earthly father than we do about our Heavenly Father. We may know His name but we know almost nothing about Him or His character. He doesn’t want to be an absentee Father. He wants very much to be included in every aspect of our lives.

Psalm 53:2 God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek Him.

How would our lives be different if we got to know our Heavenly Father better and allowed Him to be part of our lives a little bit more?

Would we feel more complete and whole? Would we have more peace and joy? Feel more empowered? Would the knowledge of our Heavenly Father transform our lives? Would that knowledge cause us to see ourselves differently? Would His presence be healing to us in every way?

In my own life, I can emphatically answer yes to all these questions.

Ephesians 1:17-19 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.

Did you know that our Heavenly Father also has a book of life? We get to choose whether or not our names are written in His book.

Choosing to have our names in God’s book of life is as simple as accepting forgiveness for our sins through the blood sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many.  Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Revelation 21:27 [Speaking of heaven] Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Knowing the truth about our Heavenly Father and what He has provided through Christ, to be in a relationship with us, sets us on a journey to tell others this same truth.

Mark 16:15 He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

The gospel is the good news concerning Christ, the kingdom of God and salvation (Merriam-Webster Dictionary App).

Will you get to know your Heavenly Father better today? Will you choose to have your name written in His book of life? Would you be willing to set out on the fascinating, adventurous journey that your Heavenly Father has in store for you?

The above questions are the most important questions you will ever answer in your lifetime. I hope and pray that your answer is yes to all of them.

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

Prayer

And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God (Luke 6:12). 

One question that comes to mind when we ponder the prayer life of Jesus is why He prayed at all. To put it another way, why does God need to pray to God? This is indeed a challenging question, and the Scriptures do not offer any explanation as to why Jesus prayed. They simply tell us that He did; so we are left to speculate on something like this.

Let’s consider some plausible explanations: 

First, because He is the Son of God, He wanted to maintain a very close relationship with His Father. Notice that He refers to the Father in the prayers that are recorded in the Bible. Examples: Our Father, which art in heaven (Matthew 6:9); and father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son… (John 17:1).

Second,  in order to be the effective Teacher on prayer, He needed to pray in the presence of His disciples. When He was about to feed the 5,000 men, He offered a prayer of thanksgiving in the presence of all the people and the disciples (John 6:11); and at the Last Supper, He took the cup, and gave thanks (Luke 22:17; see also Luke 22:19). In His Sermon on the Mount He taught that we should pray without hypocrisy (Matthew 6:5), pray privately (Matthew 6:6a), realize the Father rewards prayer (Matthew 6:6b), avoid empty praying (Matthew 6:7), recognize that the Father knows our need even before we ask (Matthew 6:8), pray directly to the Father (Matthew 6:9a), recognize God’s holiness when we pray (Matthew 6:9b), recognize God’s sovereignty when we pray (Matthew 6:10), pray for our basic needs (Matthew 6:11), pray for forgiveness and be willing to forgive others (Matthew 6:12),pray for deliverance from Satan and His attacks (Matthew 6:13a), and pray constantly with an expectation that God will answer (Matthew 7:7-8). 

Here are some other basic facts about the prayer life of our Savior:

He often prayed alone (Matthew 14:22-23; Mark 6:46; Luke 9:18). 

He prayed for children (Matthew 19:13).

He often prayed early in the morning (Mark 1:35).

Sometimes He prayed all night (Luke 6:12).

He prayed, knowing the Father heard Him (John 11:41-42).

He considered His Temple a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13).

May we as God’s people learn to pray as He did! And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not faint (Luke 18:1).

Keep on praying to God on high,

Keep on praying, He hears your cry!

God will answer the sincere heart;

Keep on praying! He will do His part!

Keep on praying all through the strife;

Prayer will purchase a crown of life;

Heav’n is ringing with songs above,

Hallelujah for a Savior’s love!

For Jesus hears you,

He’s listening to your plea,

So keep on praying,

And He will answer thee! 

Keep on Praying

Frederick W. Vandersloot

These thoughts from a higher perspective were presented by John Rataczak, Ph.D.

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A Brief Moment in Time

I know you’ve probably heard about the thief on the cross. But have you ever really thought about him? What was his name? What kind of life did he live? Did he have a family? How old was he? We know so little about him.

What we do know is that he was a thief and his crime was serious enough to require his execution. We also know that he had a conversation with Jesus before he died. Luke 23:42-43, Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Several years ago I was going through the hardest thing I had ever endured. It involved one of my children. One day over the phone I was having a conversation with my pastor at the time. We were talking about my son and his situation and he said something to me that I will never forget. He said, “God had to get the thief to the cross.” Those words were life-changing for me. Those words changed my perspective on the whole situation. It was no longer about consequence due to some bad choices my son had made but it was about God’s plan.

God used the thief on the cross to teach me about how far He will go to find the one sheep that is lost. And that’s when I started including these words in my prayers for my lost loved ones, “Lord, get them to the cross whatever it takes.” Those words are still so hard to say but with eternity in question, they are necessary.

So I’ve said all of that to come to this conclusion. We know one more thing about the thief on the cross. He had a purpose. For a brief moment in time, he fulfilled that purpose. Still to this day people are talking about the thief on the cross. He is being mentioned in sermons all over the world. A thief!

We all have a purpose. God used the thief on the cross to change my life, change my perspective and to change the way I pray.  Who’s life will God use you to change? Who’s perspective will God use you to enlighten? Who’s prayers will God use you to influence? You don’t have to have a platform or be a pastor or a famous person. All you have to be is available and willing to be obedient. It can be something as small as a short conversation. What may seem small to you could mean everything to someone else.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

~Patrice Maguire