Friday, January 6, 2012

Hands touch God's throne: Hands to the Needy World

"Prayer enables us to touch God's throne with one hand
and the needy world with the other."
(Wesley L. Duewel)

I heard a story. The story begins when a father was leading his family in their time of devotions. (In my opinion, Christian father’s chief duty is to leading his family to the Lord) When he prayed, he told God about the needs of the poor widow across the street. He listed the things she needed, and he proceeded to tell the Lord just how to send them. Tears of sympathy rolled down his wife’s cheeks. But one member of the family – the couple’s son – wasn’t praying. He was thinking. When the father said, “Amen”, sin son walked over to him and with his hand held out said,
Dad, give me your wallet and I’ll go over there and answer your prayer myself.”

It was obvious to that youngster that prayer and practice must go together whenever possible. Pray for everything – yes, even for the possible things that you can do on your own. Then, do it. But leave and trust the impossible to God.  The bottom line is this: to pray and practice whenever possible. 

Question: "Suppose you see a brother and sister who needs food or clothing, and you say [that is to pray], 'Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well' - but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?" (James 2:15,16NLT; highlighted mine)

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