Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
I could not get yesterday to post, but it is working again this AM - sort of.
I have a new satellite system on order, and when it is installed these troubles will be GONE, because it is ALL new, from satellite to computer, due to a new satellite Hughes launched that is higher speed and not compatible with the old equipment!
When I broke my leg some years ago, the VA put me in a zero weight cast for many weeks until the bones had knit back together. It seemed forever that I got around in that wheelchair, or swung that leg above the ground when I used my crutches. Finally, at a check up months after the accident, the doctor told me I could put my full weight on that foot. I was so happy! I stood up from the wheelchair, put that foot forward, and stepped onto it! An instant later, I was leaning on the table with the doctor and Judy both supporting me. The muscles of my leg, so long unused, had grown weak and unable to support my weight.
That's precisely what happens to a church when its leaders don't pray -- its ministry becomes powerless and ineffective. E.M. Bounds emphasized the need for a ministry of prayer within the church when he wrote, "It may be laid down as an axiom, that God needs, first of all, leaders in the church who will be first in prayer, men with whom prayer is habitual and characteristic, men who know the primacy of prayer. But even more than a habit of prayer, and more than prayer being characteristic of them, church leaders are to be men whose lives are made and molded by prayer, whose heart and life are made up of prayer. These are the men -- the only men -- God can use in the furtherance of His kingdom and the implanting of His message in the hearts of men."
Colossians 4:2 (KJV);
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV);
“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Tim 2:8 (KJV);
“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
Without prayer, we are weak and powerless, because our only strength is our own, and the flesh is weak. Prayer is a conduit from our weak selves to the power of God himself! Do NOT neglect it!
May God bless each one of you!
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.