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Title: A device for saving people from toil, struggle and responsibility
Source: gracegems.org
URL Source: http://www.gracegems.org/
Published: Dec 7, 2009
Author: J. R. Miller
Post Date: 2009-12-07 09:38:44 by Donald
Keywords: God
Views: 579
Comments: 1

A device for saving people from toil, struggle and responsibility

(J. R. Miller, "Miller's Year Book--a Year's Daily Readings")

"But we prayed to our God--AND posted a guard day and night to meet this threat!" Nehemiah 4:9

We are in danger of making prayer a substitute for duty; or of trying to roll over on God, the burden of caring for us and doing things for us--while we sit still and do nothing! When we pray to be delivered from temptation--we must keep out of the way of temptation, unless duty clearly calls us there. We must also guard against temptation, resist the Devil, and stand firm in obedience and faith. When we ask God for our daily bread, pleading the promise that we shall not lack--we must also labor to earn God's bread, and thus make it ours honestly.

A lazy man came once and asked for money, saying that he could not find bread for his family. "Neither can I!" replied the industrious mechanic to whom he had applied. "I am obliged to work for it!"

While we pray for health--we must use the means to obtain it.

While we ask for wisdom--we must use our brains and think, searching for wisdom as for hidden treasure.

While we ask God to help us break off a bad habit--we must also strive to overcome the habit.

Prayer is not merely a device for saving people from toil, struggle and responsibility. When there is no human power adequate to the need--we may ask God to work without us, and in some way He will help us. But ordinarily WE must do our part, asking God to work in and through us, and to bless us through faithful obedience.

"I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me!" Colossians 1:29

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#1. To: Donald (#0)

Well said, all of it. Praying to God (or Buddha or Muhammad or the Virgin Mary or Krishna or Zeus or Crom or Cthulhu or any other imaginary sky creature) isn't going to get you anything except sore knees. Good old human will is the most powerful force in the Universe.

What's the difference between Sarah Palin's mouth and her vagina? Only some of the things that come out of her vagina are retarded.

Racism_Boot  posted on  2009-12-07   10:05:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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