Colossian 4:2

‪"Devote yourselves to prayer...praying at the same time for us." Paul, Colossians 4:2‬

‪Devotion to prayer includes intimate communication with The Father, and intense intercession for others. Intimacy with God fuels His fire in your heart for others. ‬

James 5:16

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Prayer improves The Body's range of motion. It applies God's grace to The Body parts of a church that have too much friction between each other, and too little appreciation for one another. 

The longer you pray with one another, the more grace you apply to each other. The less you pray, the more you get on each other's nerves. So, we pray.

Luke 22:42

‪"Father...yet not My will, but Thy will be done.” Jesus, LK 22: 42‬

‪When you pray, Jesus guides you through your own personal MINE field. Prayer circumvents the danger of MINE, and embraces the joy of THINE. Our Father still knows best. So, we pray. 

Luke 24:19

‪Jesus approached, & interrupted a conversation between two broken-hearted disciples. He asked them a simple, two word question, "What things?" LK 24:19 ‬

‪Jesus wasn't seeking information from them. He was initiating a conversation with them. He still is. ‬

Luke 24:15

‪"Jesus Himself approached." LK 24: 15 ‬

‪Don't be shocked by suffering. Prayer can transform a shock-face into a grace face. Expect Jesus to show up at the start of your suffering, have your back in the middle of it, & stand with you until the end of it. ‬

Philippians 4:4-9

‪“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God...practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9‬

‪Practicing Christians are praying people. So, we pray.

Philippians 4:1-9

‪"Practice these things." Phil. 4:1-9‬

Practicing Christians will...
‪1. Stand firm in the Lord.‬
‪2. Live in harmony in the Lord.‬
‪3. Help others. ‬
‪4. Rejoice in the Lord.‬
‪5. Be gentle to all.‬
‪6. Won't panic, but will pray.‬
‪7. Be guarded by God's peace.‬
‪8. Dwell only on the praiseworthy. ‬
‪9. Repeat all the above, early & often.

Happy Birthday G.W. Miller

Happy Birthday to my grandfather, George Washington Miller. He worked as a Pennsylvania lumberjack, dairy farmer, road builder, and skilled carpenter. Tough men called him "boss." I once asked my Dad what he learned from his father, and without one second of hesitation, he said, "WORK." 

When I was seven years old, I observed my Dad and Grandfather, quietly talking while seated at the kitchen table. At the end of their conversation, Grandfather silently bowed his head, whispered a prayer, and surrendered his life to Jesus. It was an unforgettable moment that resulted in a powerful transformation. Total surrender always does. 

I miss both of these men here,
but will see them again there. The best is yet to come.

Romans 12:10-12

"Give preference to one another...devoted to prayer." ROM. 12:10-12 ‬

‪"Die heretic!" VS "You may be right." The former prepares to annihilate. The latter pre-PRAYERS to elevate. When you pray, Jesus will turn your preference into deference. Prefer to defer.

Genesis 22:5

‪"I and the lad will go yonder and worship." Gen. 22: 5 (KJV) ‬

‪Abraham climbed up a mountain to worship God. Warned that worship would require a costly sacrifice, he offered up his son. Real worship will cost you. When you pray, thank Jesus. He paid it all.