Yesterday, I found a good church. And if you ever have gone church-hunting you know how hard that is. I attended the prayer meeting on New Year’s and aside from praying for our church, our missionaries/world and for each other, a special time was set aside to pray for our pastor and another leader within our church. Though prior to my dad’s cancer, less than 50 people usually attended to prayer meeting, each month, many more than 50 have come. Last night, more people kept filling the room. As maybe about 100+ people laid hands on Dad, I felt blessed to be part of this church. A good church in my opinion is one that is true to God’s word and seeks to honor and glorify God in everything. A good church is grounded in God’s truths and seeks to love one another.
Dad also shared the devotion last night from Daniel 6:10.
“Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”
The main point of the verse was not that God got Daniel out of the lion’s den, but that Daniel had been praying already before the lion’s den, before the trouble. Dad pointed out that so many times we begin praying fervently when the bad things happen, relationships fall apart, life has no direction, we feel lonely, have no job, no money, have cancer. But like Daniel, we should be praying before the trial comes and at all times to God.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer,” (Romans 12:12)
It is so easy to forget God through the busyness of the day. Daniel intentionally got on his knees, HUMBLY, three times a day to pray and give thanks to God. Maybe a new year’s resolution? May you too be encouraged and Happy 2014!
Like the new look of the blog? It was a spur of the moment thing…=)