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Never Be Discouraged

Fresh AirSaint Luke wrote in Luke 18.1, "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never be discouraged." Christ wants us always to be talking to Him and never allow ourselves to be discouraged. The Christ prayer habit should be ours wherever we are and whatever we're doing. Let this not be just petition, asking for those needful things, but also praise and thankfulness for his gifts. In the office, at home or school, when you're out jogging, wherever you are let prayer and praise spontaneously come to your lips and arise in your heart. "Prayer enlarges the heart," wrote Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997). 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 be active 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 in your actions. Witness to them about Christ. Let Christ's prayer habit be yours too. Tell a member of your family of your new found faith. "Never close your lips to those to whom you have opened your heart."

"Christ's Prayer Habit"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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