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May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

"Pray First, Pray More!"

“After this the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat.  Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance.”  2 Chronicles 21: 3 NLT

Sometimes it seems the odds are against you.  A young man from Provo, Utah had a day like that:

First, his apartment flooded when a pipe in the apartment above burst.  Going to his car for a vacuum too suck up the water, he found he had a flat tire.  He changed it and went back inside to phone a friend for help.

He was standing in water when he made the call and got such an electrical shock, he pulled the phone off the wall.  As he went to leave, the water had swelled the door shut.  He had to yell for a neighbor to come and kick the door down.

Finally getting out the door, he went back to his car.  Somebody had stolen it.  By the end of the day he was left wondering, "Did God want me dead, but just kept missing?

Ever had a day like that?  What do you do when you’re facing insurmountable, overwhelming problems?  Before you do anything else, go to God directly.  Tell him what’s happening and how your feel.

Too often we see prayer as a last resort rather than a first thought.  If you want God’s help to overcome difficult times you have to turn to Him first.  That's when He's glad to begin the help.

Often times, blessings come only to be followed by battles.  You should expect blessings in your life, but you shouldn’t be surprised by battles.

Never let an impossible situation intimidate you.  Let it motivate you to turn to God first and pray more.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don

P.S.:  Sorry again.  I'm working on this day by day, which is bad.