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On Your Knees!

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes have difficulty in prayer. I’m not talking about the prayers I give throughout the day: I’m constantly talking to God as I go on my way. I’m talking about that prayer that is concentrated prayer, deep, honest, God, me and nothing else prayer. I think I’m so distracted by always having to have something going on, or background noise, or to be doing something that, if I’m not sleeping, I’m occupying my time with SOMETHING. Many of us do the same thing: we have to have a radio or TV on in the background. Our phones are out the moment we sit still. Yet, that time to just sit and be still before God is precious and important, and, as in anything worth while, must be something we put in to practice to gain strength in it. So here is my proposition today: put down the phone. Turn off the TV, put the yard work/housework aside for a while, and sit and be still before God. Make a habit of this every day, and, accompanied with being fed daily from the Bible, watch how the Holy Spirit draws you further and further in to God’s holiness as you seek His holiness with earnest determination.

Psalm 86

Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

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