Morning Encouragement for 8/15/2022

Good Morning and Happy Mid Month

There was once a little boy who went to his father to complain that his friend has this toy and “I want one”. The father thought about what his son had said, and then asked the child, “what are you willing to do for it?”. The boy said, “I don’t know, wait for you to get i?”. The father said, “I don’t know either and when you have an answer let me know”. The young man walked away sad because he just knew he was not going to get that toy. A few days later when the parents and child were in the store looking for a few items, the boy began to pitch a fit loud enough for everyone in the store to hear it. The father, knowing what the problem was, grabbed the child by the little hairs on the back of his neck and walked the child out of the store. Once in the car, the father asked the boy just what he was doing raising such a fit. The responded “I want that toy”. The father then asked the son, “what are you willing to do to earn it?”. The next day when the boy was at his friend’s house, he said to his friend, “you are so lucky to have this toy! My dad won’t buy one for me”. The boy’s friend retorted “Luck had nothing to do with it, I had to work for it because my dad said “I’d take better care of it that way’ and you know what? He was right”. So the boy went home and apologized to his dad and mom for his misbehavior. Then asked his father if he could earn an allowance and then would use it to buy the toy.

I told you this story to address a point about prayer. In our world today, it is popular to “demand things” that we think we deserve. Consider the sad status of the world around us where there are wars and rumors of wars, petulance, drought, and mass shootings. My question for you is, “what are you willing to do about it?”. Do you sit in your power circles and talk about “end times” and the “second coming”? Or, do you put some time in serious prayer over your city, the state you live in, and your nation? I’m here to tell you emphatically that G-d will not heal anything nor do anything about the mess we are in if we do not first humble ourselves before him and kindly ask him. People, the world is on a jagged edge and lakes are drying up but I will tell you it is not too late to seek the Father’s favor over your nation. I encourage you to seek the peace of your nation despite the current condition. If you want to see the power of the serpent broken over your nation, the power of the violent shattered, and the land restored, “PRAY For it!”.

Readings: Psalms 105, Ezekiel 22:30-31, James 1

Famous Quote: Every great movement of G-d can be traced to a kneeling figure. – D.L. Moody

Father,

I know our world is on a collision course that will bring it to its knees. What the world needs today is you not more government. I have asked and will continue to pour out my heart for this nation that you restore it not the way “i think it should be” but the plan you have had for it since the beginning. Thank you for healing our land not in my vision but in yours. I pray that more people would catch the vision for this nation and seek your face until your Kingdom comes. I pray for our military, police, EMTs, and medical staff. I pray for my families that you will watch over them today.

IHS MK

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