TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, May 04, 2018:
Words communicated to another person by cell phone or iPad.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
An article in the Washington Post recently told about a fifteen-year-old girl who sent and received 6,473 cell phone text messages in a single month. She said about her constant communication, “I would die without it.” She is not alone. Researches tell us that teenagers in America average more than 2,200 text messages a month.
When we read this our minds immediately thought what a great illustration of what prayer could and should be for every follower of Christ.
The apostle Paul, in the above verse from Colossians, reminded us that he was constantly in the attitude of prayer for others. The scripture also reminds us to, “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” Ephesians 6:18. And to, “Pray continually” I Thessalonians 5:17.
You may ask how we could possibly do this? The famous missionary, Frank Laubach described his habit of praying as “shooting” prayers at people as he encountered them during the course of his day. In a sense he was “Texting” God on their behalf. Laubach believed that prayer is the mightiest force in the world and he said, “My part is to live in this hour in continuous inner conversation with God and in perfect responsiveness to His will.”
If we would be as diligent as Paul was in praying for others, think of how many “text messages” we could send by prayer to God. Our prayers reach God’s ears immediately, faster than any text message.
We have witnessed the power of “text” messaging via the cell phone. Prayer is even more powerful. James, the brother of Jesus, wrote, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Jeremiah 17:9.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
Help me to be more in communication with You. Teach me to pray without ceasing as the scripture tells us. May I constantly be in an attitude of prayer for a world in need and for the friends and family that I touch daily.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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