Monday, November 17, 2014

How much prayer

If you are a believer, how often should you pray?
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: What does it mean to follow Jesus? My life is so busy that I can’t imagine taking a couple of hours every day to pray, like I guess saintly people are supposed to do. — T.M.
What does it mean to follow Jesus though? The answer my surprise you. As for prayer... Most believers don't pray as much at TM seems to think.
DEAR T.M.: Some men and women may be called by God to do exactly what you say; over the years, I’ve been humbled to meet some of them. When I get to heaven, I’m sure I’ll discover just how important they were in God’s work.
Important? Maybe if they are praying for hours every day it's because they have a very guilty conscious or a hell of a lot to  repent for. After all, Christians do make up the vast majority in US prisons.
But most of us aren’t called to a ministry of prayer like this (although the Bible reminds us to pray in every situation). What, then, does it mean to follow Jesus? First, it means to be committed to him as our savior and Lord. This means we want him to be the master of our lives instead of trying to run them ourselves. Have you turned over the control of your life to him?
So following Jesus means willingly becoming his slave?
Following Christ also means we seek to obey him every day. He knows what is best for us and has told us how he wants us to live in his word, the Bible. Is it part of your life every day and are you allowing its truth to shape your mind and heart?
Follow Jesus through the Bible? Okay so hate your family (Luke 14:26) and cause division in families (Luke 12:51-53) is one way of following Jesus for starters... 
Finally, following Christ means seeing others through his eyes. Christ loved the world so much that he was willing to give his life for our salvation.
And tried to talk his dad (God) out of having to go through with it (Matthew 26:37-44)... An unwilling, needless sacrifice isn't exactly impressive.
The Bible says, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Nope, nothing says love like following God's example of being a genocidal monster...


-Brain Hulk

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