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Your Heart

Fresh AirSaint Luke wrote in Luke 18.1, "Then He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard (or respect) man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice (or avenge) for me from my adversary.' And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge (or vindicate) her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'" Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?." Here the judge was pestered by the widow and he eventually gave in and gave her what she wanted to keep her quiet! Christ wants us always to be talking to him and never allow ourselves to be discouraged. Persistent prayer pays off. the Christ prayer habit should be ours wherever we are and whatever we are doing. Let this not be just petition, asking for a shopping list of needful things, but also praise and thankfulness for his gifts to us and our loved ones. In the office, at home or school, when you're out jogging, wherever you may be let prayer and praise spontaneously come to your lips and arise in your heart. As a direct result wrote Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), "Prayer enlarges the heart." She added, "Ask and seek and your heart will grow big enough to receive him and keep him as your own." Shoot arrows of prayer to God and at those around you as you go along. Be outgoing with your prayer!✞

Exercise

People exercisingDon't be an onlooker, but actively exercise as a Christian. Jesus said in John 13.34, "And now I give you a new commandment, love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." Care for those around you and show it by your actions. Witness to them about Christ. Let the Christ prayer habit be yours too. Tell a member of your family of your new found faith. As Charles Dickens (1812-1870) said, "Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart."

"Christ Prayer Habit"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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