“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Mark 1:35

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,

Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place,

where He prayed.

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– Mark 1:35 (NIV)

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REFLECTION…

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The next time you find yourself waking up early, think of Jesus,

and rather than perhaps complaining about not having slept enough,

take it as a blessing

and go to a quiet place

…and pray.

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Prayer is conversation with God;

direct communication between the soul and God;

the expression of our inner spiritual thoughts and needs.

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Prayer is

expressing our faith and trust in God;

confessing our sins with a contrite heart;

praising God for His mighty deeds;

thanksgiving for all the good things we have received;

devoting ourselves to serve God and other people;

requesting for our needs and for the needs of others.

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When we pray we

“implore the Lord” (Ex 32:11);

“pour out the soul before the Lord” (1 Sam 1:15);

“cry out to God in heaven” (2 Chr 32:20);

“seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty” (Job 8:5).

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Through prayer we can find

strength of spirit, guidance, wisdom, joy and inner peace.

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When we pray to the Lord,

we are demonstrating our belief in Him as a person;

in His ability and willingness to communicate with us;

in His personal control of all things, and of all His creatures and all their actions.

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Acceptable prayer must be sincere;

offered with reverence and respect;

with earnest supplication;

and with a humble sense of our own insignificance as creatures

and of our own unworthiness as sinners.

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Prayer must also be offered in faith,

knowing that God is the hearer and answerer of prayer.

When we pray

we do so with unhesitating and full submission to His divine will.

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Whenever you wake up in the morning,

early or not,

whether you’ve had a good night’s sleep or not,

think of Jesus

and get out of bed,

go to a quiet place

…and pray.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Teach me how to pray, Lord, teach me how to pray.

I love You, Lord,

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