"Time Out for Prayer"
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice. Psalm 55:17
Scripture urges us to pray without ceasing. We are to have a prayerful mind throughout the day. It is our means of communicating with our Lord. Prayer provides us with an outlet for our anxieties and uncertainties as we present our needs to Him. It also is an avenue for presenting the needs of others to Him. Knowing that He promises to hear and answer our prayers encourages us to be less selfish and more sympathetic towards others.
We have time without number sinned against the holy will of God. Through Christ Jesus, however, God blots out all our transgressions and remembers them no more. That puts our mind at ease. That removes the sting of guilt. Having been restored to a right relationship with God, He invites us to bring our hearts' desires to him in prayer and promises to hear us.
Through our prayers we recognize God's lordship over our lives. We know that God is everywhere, and therefore we know that God is with us wherever we go. Acquainted with every situation of our lives, He is our help in every trouble.
Let us then continue morning, noon, and night to go to our heavenly Father in Christ and receive new strength and continued encouragement to go on in His name.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, in Christ Jesus we come to You as children of your grace and ask You to protect us from sin as You pour out on us Your blessings. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
Today's Bible Readings: Daniel 3-4 Titus 2
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