Morning Encouragement for 8/28/2022

Good Morning,

There was once twin boys who both wanted a special toy. The first one walked in and with platitudes and smiles told his dad what he wanted only to be told no. The second son walked in and politely asked to talk to his dad. As the conversation started, the boy told his dad what he wanted and wanted to know how he could earn the money for it. The father gave the 2nd son some odd jobs to do and the boy gladly did the work and in couple of weeks he had earned the required amount and bought the toy. The first son charged his father with “favoritism”. The father told the son “you asked me to get you __ toy and by appearances you were not going to work for it”.

There are oddities in life that no explanation can suffice one of them being “attitude towards prayer matters”. When we treat prayer like a “wash list”, it is would be tantamount to walking into the CEO’s office where you work, putting your feet on his/her desk, and telling them “I want you to …”. When you hear about people praying for years and nothing happens but one individual prays and the walls come down and doors are opened. While this may seem unfair or that G-d plays favorites, the answer lies not in the words he/she spoke, the phrases used, and/or the look on her/his face. The answer lies in the heart of the petitioner.

Readings: Psalms 119:153-157, John 17, Daniel 9, Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, James 4:1-10.

Famous Quote: “The function of prayer is not to influence G-d, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays” – Soren Kierkegaard.

Father,

Thank you for the awesome power of prayer. Help me daily to hold onto your hand through the Holy Spirit. Even in my confusion, your Spirit speaks powerfully to my heart. Lord, we need revival in our land and a prayer revolution. This word is on a collision course with the destiny of its actions. I know from scripture that in all the times your Spirit marched out was always in times of trouble. Please silence our politicians and bring them to their knees so that they would proclaim your will not theirs. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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