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"Emergency Call Boxes"

August 5, 2006

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Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Emergency call boxes are located along remote stretches of some highways. If a motorist experiences car trouble or some other type of emergency, he or she can use this device to summon assistance.

Many people believe that prayer is for emergencies only, for communication with God in times of trouble. We may pray fervently in times of distress, but we forget to talk with God when our lives are going well.

Heartfelt prayer should be an integral part of our daily lives. God wants to hear from His children. He wants us to tell Him about our needs, desires, and hopes -- everything that is on our mind. He wants us to thank Him for our blessings and praise His name. We receive great blessings by sharing everything in our lives with God. He hears and answers all of our prayers, and He has the power to solve every problem that we might face. Prayer is a time for us to listen to what God is telling us.

Prayer should not be reserved for emergencies. Rather, prayer is like calling home to chat with family and friends and catch up with good news, the Good News. It is the way we can live at peace. Prayer is the call box God has given us to stay in touch with Him.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, remind us to stay in touch with You by bringing all our cares to You, for You love to answer our prayers; in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 127-129    Acts 18

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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