Prayer and Praise Corner May 19, 2013

Prayer and Praise Corner:

But those who hope in the Lord, they will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”, we are, in a measure, shutting tomorrow out of our prayer. We do not live in tomorrow but in today. We do not seek tomorrow’s grace or tomorrow’s bread. They strive best, and get most out of life, who live in the living present. They pray best who pray for today’s needs, not tomorrow’s, which may render our prayers unnecessary and redundant by not existing at all!

True prayers are born of present trials and present needs. Bread, for today, is bread enough. Bread given for today is the strongest sort of pledge, that there will be bread tomorrow. Victory today, is the assurance of victory tomorrow. Our prayers need to be focused upon the present. We must trust God today, and leave tomorrow entirely with Him. The present is ours; the future belongs to God. Prayer is the task and duty of each recurring day – daily prayer for daily needs. So leave tomorrow, with its cares, its needs, its troubles, in God’s hands. There is no storing tomorrow’s grace or tomorrow’s praying; neither is there any laying- up of today’s grace, to meet tomorrow’s necessities. We cannot have tomorrow’s grace, we can’t cannot eat tomorrow’s bread, we cannot do tomorrow’s praying, today.

Prayer Requests: Thank God for the bounty we experience in our lives. Ask for forgiveness for when we are faultfinders and ask for guidance that we become encouragers. Pray for our church finances, that we may be able to meet our financial obligations in a timely fashion. Pray for our university students that are looking for work. Pray for our daily vacation Bible school.

Prayer: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.