I hate to sound like a broken record, but when it comes to "making our paths straight" (to quote scripture), prayer is perhaps the best tool we have. I know I say this a lot, but prayer is the practice that has the power to change our lives. If our path is crooked because we worry too much, or let our anger get out of control, or are indifferent to the needs of those around us, or anything else, we can change.
Jesus said, "if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you" (John 16:23). Or this one, "Ask and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you" (Matthew 7:7). Engaging daily in prayer is an intentional practice of (among other things) making our paths straight. Prayer as a daily practice empowers us to not only repent of those sins we need to turn from, but then to also choose, develop and maintain better habits to replace them. Prayer is the practice of intentionally developing the values of Christ in our lives. All we have to do is ask, seek and knock.
Matthew 16:24 concludes by saying, "Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete." Amen to that!
Enjoy the post, be sure the check out this week's episode of 4th TV and have a blessed remainder of the week. Love and miss you all.
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we've been remembering:
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill & Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Tom & Robin Woodruff - both recovering from surgery.
Leonard Yates who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and is receiving treatments.
Esther Sparks post-surgery. Please keep praying for her recovery.
Tara Parker's nephew's wife, Valerie Chew, who will undergo 6 weeks of radiation.
The family of Jesse Wilson, Air Force veteran, colleague and friend of Dennis Little, upon the death of Jesse. Prayers for his family and friends as they grieve.
St. Nick was more generous than jolly
You probably already knew that the idea of Santa Claus came from St. Nicholas, but the real saint wasn't a bearded man who wore a red suit. That all came much later. According to legend, the fourth-century Christian bishop gave away his abundant inheritance to help the needy and rescued women from servitude. His name was Sinter Klaas in Dutch, which later morphed into Santa Claus. The rest of the trappings followed.