Faithful

We are asked to be faithful in prayer but that’s not always easy. Life keeps getting in the way. There are good times and bad times. That’s where a routine helps. This means that we are daily praying, even if our prayers are weak and feeble. Being steadfast and thankful makes praying easier

‘Be faithful in prayer.’ Romans 12:12

The Fruits of the Spirit

Without the help of the Holy Spirit it so difficult to display all the Fruits of the Spirit. If I manage to show one more, I find two others have fallen off the list. Life is full of distractions to draw us away.

‘The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.’ Galatians 5:22

Be Convinced

In these days of many false faiths and self-help groups, we need to be convinced of what we believe and Who we stand up for. God gives us small ways in which we can share our faith with others. Meanwhile we are called to persevere.

‘As for you continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of.’ 2 Timothy 3:14

Good Deeds

When Christians do good deeds, it is because of their thanks to God for His many blessings and the gift of salvation. It is not to win favour with God.

‘Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16

Our Grandchildren

When our grandchildren are running the world it will be a very different place, but God’s righteousness will still reach them. We know that God doesn’t have grandchildren; each person has to get to know God for themselves, but we can pray for them.

‘God’s righteousness reaches to the grandchildren of those who keep His covenant and remember to keep His commands.’ Psalm 103:17-18

Training in Righteousness

I believe all of scripture (if one is going to disbelieve some bits, which bits would you disbelieve?) but I don’t understand it all. Nor do I remember it all.

But the Bible is there to comfort, guide, instruct and to teach. That’s enough for me.

‘All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuilding correcting and training in righteousness.’ 2 Timothy 3:16

My Jobs

The Bible tells us that God had prepared work for us to do, planned from the beginning of time. It is a salutary thought that there are tasks out there to be done with my name on.

‘We are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ Ephesians 2:10

Prosperity

We need to pray for the place where we live. If we have been listening to God we will be where He wants us to be. Those in authority do not have enough wisdom of themselves. We should be praying that they will recognise their need of Him.

‘Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it because if it prospers you too will prosper.’ Jeremiah 29:7

In Everything

We can use God like a Father Christmas, giving Him a long list of requests. Our first thoughts should be thanks. Our requests should be sprinkled with our thanks.

‘In everything by prayer and petitions with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ Philippians 4:6

‘In everything’ means everything.