It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Chapter 4, Page 28, Book 16

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. 

Mahatma Gandhi

April 28th - Pray more

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes. 

Etta Hillesum

One way I try to honor people is to keep them in my prayers.   Today I’m putting a new spin on the old adage that says keep your friends close and your not so friendly acquaintances closer. To choose to hold in prayer those we might not have considered keeping in thought and mind.

As we pray for and with others, we are reminded that we are all part of God’s family. Praying is an honor and a joy, and a step toward peace as we bless all those for whom we pray.

We need to remember that it is only love that can overcome hatred, evil and even death.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  

Matthew 5:44

Praying for your enemy is not optional.  It’s one of the commands we find in scripture.  We pray for our enemies to allow the Lord to heal what is broken.  

Going the extra mile to pray for our enemies may seem like a tall order and it is. But God never asks us to do anything without supplying the strength to do it.  If praying for those who persecute you seems too hard, just remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:26: With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

If you pray for another, you will be helped yourself.      

Yiddish Proverb



That Yiddish proverb speaks to me this morning. And so does this quote, "Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes."

betty said...

The pastor of the church we went to before we moved down here to Phoenix preached a series of sermons on the Sermon of the Mount from Matthew chapters 5-7. He did challenge us to pray for our enemies, including even terrorists and members of ISIS. Prayer is powerful, so who knows how God will choose to answer the prayers we pray for those that harm us or have wronged us.


Buttercup said...

I've never heard the quote, but I'm going to keep it in mind. I'm going to make a conscious effort to pray for people I've not been praying for. Thanks for some great thoughts.

shortybear said...

wonderful post

Rick Watson said...

Very nice. Increase the dose:)

jack69 said...

Prayer, the strongest mortar known to men!