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A House of Prayer

 8.7.10



"The Ten commandments are the rule of our life, the creed is the sum of our faith, and the Lord's prayer is the pattern of our prayer"
Thomas Watson


    "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
     Your kingdom come, your will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven.

     Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors.

     And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil."

                                    Matthew 6: 9-13 ESV



Summer is beautiful here, the Lord has sent rain to clean the air we breath, the grass is green and the flowers are all in bloom. But the highlight of our summer has been taking the time to study more in depth about prayer.

I have been reading about prayer, and have been meditating about it. I still have more books on the shelf to read, but one thing is certain:


The only way we can truly learn how to pray is by praying.


When one of the disciples asked Jesus "Master, teach us to pray" Jesus' answer was in form of a prayer. He prayed and so he taught them about prayer. His life was a life of prayer. 

We teach our children about the importance of praying, we are learning to teach them how to pray, but we must pray together, with them too.

We must build a house of prayer...
or should I say...
We should long to build a house of prayer...
What else could be more beautiful than that?


Charles Spurgeon says that in the times of the Puritans, if someone was walking by the home of the Christians at certain hours of the day, or evening, one could hear a Psalm being sung or read, because there was not a Christian home which lacked family prayer.

I firmly believe the only safe way to look "inside" of us is to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, as Paul says in II Corinthians 13:4-6, so I must ask myself this: 

Am I building a house of prayer? 
Am I being an example to my children in this area?
Do I dare to call myself a Christian and live without praying?

"If we only tried seriously to live up to our praying—it would have a powerful effect upon our character and conduct!.. If our lives were as good as our prayers, we would be saint-like in character.J.R. Miller

Let the rain, the many prayers, be poured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit;  let the life and renewal that prayer brings, be as the life and renewal that rain is bringing this summer!

"We often wonder . . .
  why we fail,
  why so little comes of our efforts,
  why we do not get along better with people,
  why we are not happy,
  why joy is so lacking in our experience,
  why we are so easily fretted and vexed,
  why we are so discontented,
  why we fall so easily into surliness and bad temper.
It is because we cease to pray!
" J.R Miller







Related posts you can read in the former blog:
Day by Day
A Mom's Prayer
From My Bible Reading -Nehemiah-
Would You Join Me in Prayer Today? -Bakwé Missions-
New Year's Prayer

The beautiful photographs you see were taken by my precious daughter. 
Such an amazing gift the Lord's rain has brought!
We don't know the name of this flower, it grew over on the road to our house, so if you know the name of this flower , please share it with us.

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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

-Persis

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

- Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart



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