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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

In Other Words - Tuesdays at CWO

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with•out [with-out, with-]

1. with the absence, omission, or avoidance of; not with; with no or none of; lacking: without help; without shoes; without her helping me; without him to help.
2. free from; excluding: a world without hunger.
3. not accompanied by: Don't go without me.
4. at, on, or to the outside of; outside of: both within and without the house or the city.
5. beyond the compass, limits, range, or scope of (now used chiefly in opposition to within): whether within or without the law.
6. in or into an exterior or outer place; outside.
7. outside a house, building, etc.: The carriage awaits without.
8. lacking something implied or understood: We must take this or go without.
9. as regards the outside; externally.
10. the outside of a place, region, area, room, etc.
11. Midland and Southern U.S. UNLESS.

pos•si•ble [pos-uh-buh l]

1. that may or can be, exist, happen, be done, be used, etc.: a disease with no possible cure.
2. that may be true or may be the case, as something concerning which one has no knowledge to the contrary: It is possible that he has already gone.

—Synonyms 1. POSSIBLE, FEASIBLE, PRACTICABLE refer to that which may come about or take place without prevention by serious obstacles. That which is POSSIBLE is naturally able or even likely to happen, other circumstances being equal: Discovery of a new source of plutonium may be possible. FEASIBLE refers to the ease with which something can be done and implies a high degree of desirability for doing it: This plan is the most feasible. PRACTICABLE applies to that which can be done with the means that are at hand and with conditions as they are: We ascended the slope as far as was practicable.

Just as breathing is life to our bodies, prayer is life to our souls and spirits. As Christians, we should not be able to go through the day without prayer much as we can not go through the day without breathing. So many people pray to ask God for things: Please let me get that job...Please let so-and-so notice me...Please let me-give me-show me-... Since when did prayer become selfish and all about God giving to us? What about praying for others? What about just thanking God for the small things He has given you? What have you thanked God for today?

I pray for my daughter, for her character, for the friends God gives her, for her future spouse. I don’t pray things for her, I pray God’s best for her, whatever it may be in whatever form.

I pray for the missionaries over the world that they would reach others, that they would be safe, that they would find help in dangerous places and situations and peace to calm them in potentially life-threatening situations.

I pray for the angels watching over us, fighting the unseen battles in an unseen realm, against the agents of the enemy. How many of you pray for their strength in defeating the powers of this present darkness that clouds and grows over the earth?

I pray for friends, family, my mom, my ex and my former step-son.

I pray whenever the thought hits me that a person or situation needs praying about or when I see something as simple as a beautiful sunset or for life giving rain when we have been without it.

Prayer doesn’t have to be elaborate, or fancy. That’s not God. Just like breathing is a habitual function that we do automatically, so should prayer be.

God knows what is going on with us, He knows what is or is not happening in our lives, but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t want to hear from us. God made us to fellowship with Him and, yet, we often are too “busy” with the trivial to even spare 5 minutes out of our day for communication with Him. Ever wonder why God removes the “trivial” from our lives that we thought was so vital to us? Many times it’s to get our focus corrected and to get back into communication with Him.

I do pray for myself, admittedly. Everyone does. I know that God wants to give me His best, but sometimes we must ask Him for it. I also pray to become the person that God is directing me to become – even through the difficult times.

I may not pray to God long, sweeping prayers, but I pray often during the day, more of a dialogue, a few sentences here and there. Prayer is talking to God...and listening for His answers. If you get out of practice of listening to God when you are praying you need to remember that God gave us two ears and only one mouth.

Just like we would physically die without breathing, so our walk with the Lord starts to die when we do not talk to Him.

A day hemmed in prayer rarely comes unraveled.

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Denise said...

Nice post, thanks for sharing.

eph2810 said...

Amen to that, Nic. I pray often for others, especially if their name pops into my head for no apparent reason. I know that it is a little nudge from Holy Spirit to pray for that particular person at that moment.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote.

Blessings to you and yours...

Laurel Wreath said...

Love reading this friend, sorry it took me until Wed night to make it over here....kind of crazy this week.