Life on earth is hard.*
But soon the Lord will remove from His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. . . .Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom (Matthew 13:41-43).
With thankful praise we anticipate our coming joy.
*Our life is fine, but many suffer.
We ask, “What are we thankful for?”
We should also ask, “Who are we thankful to?”*
Give thanks to the Lord, the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is his name (Amos 4:13).”
*Bill Pinalto, Edgewater Baptist Church, Chicago.
We pray to the Sovereign Lord. “I send rain on one town and withhold it from another,” says the Lord. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land (from Amos 4:7; 9:6).
We can pray about everything, even the weather, because God controls it.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient . . . One stormy night I tossed on my bed, unable to sleep as I thought of the terrible sufferings of our soldiers and sailors. I spent an hour in agonizing prayer. ~Abraham Lincoln
Wise leaders pray.
Prayer has a purpose.
Here are some reasons to pray:
to know God’s will
walk worthy of the Lord
please the Lord
bear fruit in every good work
be strengthened with power
be steadfast and patient
(from Colossians 1:9-11).
Prayer is asking.
Since the day we heard, we have [been] asking that you may . . . (Colossians 1:9).
Paul began his prayer saying, “We have not ceased to pray for you (Colossians 1:9).”
Prayer should be continuous.