Friday, September 17, 2010

Prayin' For Rain

A motorist driving down a country road noticed a home that was on fire. Sitting calmly as though he was enjoying the fire was the farmer who owned the house.

Shouting loudly the motorist exclaimed, “Your house is on fire!”

“I know it,” came the reply.

“Then why don’t you do something about it?” he asked.

“I am doing something,” said the farmer. “I’m prayin’ for rain.”

We need to use common sense, not nonsense, when we pray. The Lord will not do for us what we can do for ourselves. But He will do for us what we can not do for ourselves if it is in keeping with His will for our lives.

But all of this depends on one thing: obedience. John said, “Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” Someone said, “If we do not obey, we may as well not pray.”

When God does not answer our prayers, we need to examine our lives, look for our sins, ask His forgiveness and return to a life of obedience to Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, asking is certainly easier that admitting, confessing and forsaking our sins. Help us to obey Your teachings and keep Your commandments. In Christ’s Name we pray, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 John 3:22 And receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. (NIV)

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