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If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

–Proverbs 25:26

(NLT)


 

When it was his turn to pray, he prayed in his characteristic manner: "Lord, we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are Thine. Please sell some of them and send us the money."

While they were praying, a tall Texan with boots on and an open collar stepped up to the business office and said, "I just sold two carloads of cattle in Ft. Worth. I've been trying to make a business deal but it fell through, and I feel compelled to give the money to the seminary. I don't know if you need it or not, but here's the check!"

A little secretary took the check and, knowing how critical things were financially, went to the door of the prayer meeting and timidly tapped. When she finally got a response, Dr. Chafer took the check out of her hand. It was exactly the amount of the debt! When he looked at the name, he recognized the cattleman in Ft. Worth, and turning to Dr. Ironside said, "Harry, God sold the cattle!"  --  James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 419.

Something That’s Tax-Free

I don't know of a single foreign product that enters this country untaxed except the answer to prayer. --   Mark Twain (--James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 430.

The Secret Ways of Answering Prayer

It is remarkable to think that God has given us a partnership with him in directing the course of human events. It is extraordinary to realize that our prayer can change events and circumstances in the world around us. But what is just as remarkable is that when we pray, we change. More often than not we become the answer to our own prayers as we open up ourselves to God in prayer. --  John Guest in Only a Prayer Away. Christianity Today, Vol. 33, no. 15.  (See: 1 Jn 3:22; Heb 6:1; Ps 84:7)

He Cheated – He Prayed

My 8-year-old son came home from school with a stuffed animal he had won at the class Valentine's party.

"How did that happen?" I asked.

"Well," he explained, "the teacher put all our names together, and then picked one out. I cheated, though," he said, looking guilty. "I prayed!"  -- Davy Troxel, New Albany, Ind. Christian Reader, "Kids of the Kingdom." (See: Jdg 6:39; 1 Sa 1:27; Jn 15:7.)

1 in 1,000

I cannot tell you why a prayer that has been prayed for ten years is answered on the 1,000th request when God has met the first 999 with silence. -- Name Withheld, "The War Within," Leadership, Vol. 13, no. 4. (See: Job 30:20; Mt 6:7; Heb 4:16.)

Wait!  Read the Plate

Our three-year-old grandson, Daniel, stayed with us while his parents went on a weekend trip. As usual, we bowed our heads as my husband prayed out loud before all our meals. Daniel watched curiously each time his grandpa prayed. On the day his parents came to pick him up, we all sat down at the table to have lunch. Just as his daddy started to pick up his sandwich, Daniel shouted, "Wait, Daddy, we can't eat 'til Grandpa reads his plate!"  -- Diana L. James, Laguna Hills, CA. "Heart to Heart," Today's Christian Woman. (See: Ge 24:26; Ac 21:5)

Prayer Time-Keeper

Three-year-old Donna, who loved to pray before meals, would sometimes get carried away. Occasionally her pastor father would have to say, "Amen. That's enough, Donna." One Sunday in church, as a lengthy benediction was being pronounced, Donna stood up and declared, "Amen. That's enough, Daddy!"   -- Kathleen Edwards, Griffin, Ga. Christian Reader, "Kids of the Kingdom." (See: Ecc 5:2; Mt 6:7; Jas 4:3.)

God Prays, Too

Some time ago I worked with a family going through a divorce. After the settlement was made, the mother called to tell me her 8-year-old daughter was fighting with everyone: family, teachers, classmates, former friends. She was angry all the time. Could I talk with her?

So I began to take her daughter on little outings. Once we were sitting in the swings at the playground, swinging back and forth, and talking. I said, "Honey, why are you so angry?"

She said, "I don't know."

“Who are you mad at?"

She didn't answer. For a long time we just sat there. Finally she said, "You know, Marlin, I prayed to God every day about my mom and dad. I asked him to keep them together. I didn't want them to get a divorce. I asked God to keep them together, and God didn't answer my prayer."

After a bit I said, "You know, darling, God prays too. Did you know that?"

She said, "God prays?"

"God prays, too. God prayed to your mommy and daddy that they would fight this thing out and stay with their vows. But your mommy and daddy chose not to answer God's prayer. You know what God did about that? God forgave your parents. He loves them, and he knew how hard it was for them to stay together. Can you forgive your mom and dad? Can you forgive God?" -- Marlin Vis, "The Blame Game," Preaching Today, Tape No. 114. (See: Mk 11:25; Lk 17:4; Eph 4:32; Col 3:13.)

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God Sold the Cattle

Shortly after Dallas Theological Seminary was founded in 1924, it almost came to the point of bankruptcy. All the creditors were going to foreclose at noon on a particular day. That morning they met in the president's office with  Dr. Chafer for prayer. At the meeting was a man by the name of  Harry Ironside.

Today, with the Word

Caution!  Prayers Are Answered

Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. – Psalm 122:6 (NLT)


Take heed!  Prayers are answered.  Don’t be careless in any part of your life.  Prayers that reach the heart of God are answered.


Psalm 122:6 is a solicitation of goodwill for Israel.  It’s also a prayer offered on behalf of all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  The petitioner asks God to bring prosperity to those who seek peace for his people and their land.


The prayer has been sent heavenward for thousands of years.  God does not grow weary of it, and he will answer it in his time in granting the requests.


If those who support God’s cause are to prosper, what does this portend for those who oppose his people and cause?


Thus, we’re admonished: Pray for the peace and success of Christ’s Church.  May you, who do so, prosper, as God gives sees fit.  The petition has been answered.  It is being answered.  And it will be answered.  God will have no part of defeat, nor allow his people to be defeated.


Someone long ago prayed for peace

For God’s people and Holy Place;

So, grant me, Lord, the full release

To proclaim to everyone your grace!

Don Meadows

4/25/17


Published:  4/25/17

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Paw-Print Conviction

Those little dirty paw prints on the white kitchen floor irritate me, Lord.  Still, I love the little guys that make them and will make them disappear with the steam mop.  It's a price of love, I suppose, and I know the tracks will return.

 

They also are a reminder of what I do to your kingdom, Lord.  Why must it be like this, the constant messing-up, the continual need for washing?  It's especially difficult for me because I am created in your own image, Father, and I know better.

 

Still, I track in evidence of where I have been, what I am and have been doing.  I've gotten pretty good at hiding it from others, sometimes even myself.  But, you see it, don't you, Lord?  The filth of our world, the pollutions of the soul are betrayed through the stark contrast to your holiness.

 

A lady once asked me, God, if I were sanctified.  Her understanding of "sanctified" ruled out sanctification for me.  She meant was I so surrendered to you, Lord, that I don't sin?  I don't want to sin, I try not to sin, but, you know I do sin.  You see it where I walk.  You hear it in the way I sometimes talk.  You know it by the way I think.

 

I am so glad the word "sanctified" means to be set aside for your use.  I am thankful you accept me because you love me.  How miserable and afraid I would be did I not know you forgive me.  I don’t deserve forgiveness nor am I entitled to it because of my own worth.  I am forgiven because Jesus loves me so completely that he gave life, his blood to satisfy the debt of sin I have accumulated.  Thank you, Lord!

 

I understand, too, what Paul meant when he confessed to the Romans that he did the very thing he hated, not the righteous thing he wanted to do. (Romans 7:14-25) My question is, Lord, how do I stop being that way?  Is there a way I can avoid walking in this sin-saturated world and not get it on me?  You said yourself Jesus, that I am "in the world" but to "not be of the world."

 

Hot Dog and Scooter, the primary paw-print villains, can't help it.  Can I?  I mean, can I, somehow, overcome my humanity and become what your Word asks me to be:  Perfect as you are perfect?  I'm really trying, Lord.  Please believe me, I'm trying! And, I’m failing.

 

How wonderful, how comforting are Pauls words  in Romans 7:24-25 (NASB77) : 24  Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25   Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

 

I am eternally grateful, too, Lord, that your word says , "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NASB77)

 

Holy Spirit, surround me with your wisdom and show me how to avoid taking this promise for granted or abuse it..  O, keep me from manipulating and wrong understanding of truth.  Convict me should I see excuse for continuing the same sins, thinking you will forgive over and over again.  That's a lie, a scam by the devil to lead me away from you, Lord, a ruse to steer me to Satan's hell.

 

Your love leaps out for my seeing day after day, moment by moment: Paw prints on the floor, your Holy Word, a poem written by Janet nearly 20 years ago:

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. –1 John 1: 9

 

CLEANSED

Thou hast bathed me, Lord;

My cleansing is complete.

But as I journey through this life,

I sometimes soil my feet.


Wash, Thou, my feet dear Lord,

Then, again, I’ll be wholly clean;

Cleanse me from all sin, Lord,

That may be there, unseen.


I trust in Your Grace, Dear Lord;

I know my salvation is sure;

But through neglect or willful sin,

My heart may not be fully pure.


Forgive me each day, Dear Lord,

For sins which I allow

To cling to me and soil my feet;

Please wash my feet just now.


Fellowship with Thee, Dear Lord,

Restored again will be.

For Thou wilt make me fully clean

And bring me close to Thee.

.

Janet Fenton Meadows

1/19/1998



Don Meadows

4/26/17


 


 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


They also are a reminder of what I do to your kingdom, Lord.  Why must it be like this, the constant messing-up, the continual need for washing?  It's especially difficult for me because I am created in your own image, Father, and I know better.

Still, I track in evidence of where I have been, what I am and have been doing.  I've gotten pretty good at hiding it from others, sometimes even myself.  But, you see it, don't you, Lord?  The filth of our world, the pollutants of the soul are betrayed through the stark contrast to your holiness.

A lady once asked me, God, if I were sanctified.  Her understanding of "sanctified" ruled out sanctification for me.  She meant was I so surrendered to you, Lord, that I don't sin?  I don't want to sin, I try not to sin, but, you know I do sin.  You see it where I walk.  You hear it in the way I sometimes talk.  You know it by the way I think.

I am so glad the word "sanctified" means to be set aside for your use.  I am thankful you accept me because you love me.  How miserable and afraid I would be did I not know you forgive me.  I don’t deserve forgiveness nor am I entitled to it because of my own worth.  I am forgiven because Jesus loves me so completely that he gave life, his blood to satisfy the debt of sin I have accumulated.  Thank you, Lord!

I understand, too, what Paul meant when he confessed to the Romans that he did the very thing he hated, not the righteous thing he wanted to do. (Romans 7:14-25) My question is, Lord, how do I stop being that way?  Is there a way I can avoid walking in this sin-saturated world and not get it on me?  You said yourself Jesus, that I am "in the world" but to "not be of the world."

Hot Dog and Scooter, the primary paw-print villains, can't help it.  Can I?  I mean, can I, somehow, overcome my humanity and become what your Word asks me to be:  Perfect as you are perfect?  I'm really trying, Lord.  Please believe me, I'm trying! And, I’m failing.

How wonderful, how comforting are Paul’s words  in Romans 7:24-25 (NASB77) : 24  Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25   Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

I am eternally grateful, too, Lord, that your word says , "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NASB77)

Holy Spirit, surround me with your wisdom and show me how to avoid taking this promise for granted or abuse it..  O, keep me from manipulating and wrong understanding of truth.  Convict me should I see excuse for continuing the same sins, thinking you will forgive over and over again.  That's a lie, a scam by the devil to lead me away from you, Lord, a ruse to steer me to Satan's hell.

Your love leaps out for my seeing day after day, moment by moment: Paw prints on the floor, your Holy Word, a poem written by Janet nearly 20 years ago:

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. –1 John 1: 9

 

CLEANSED

Thou hast bathed me, Lord;

My cleansing is complete.

But as I journey through this life,

I sometimes soil my feet.


Wash, Thou, my feet dear Lord,

Then, again, I’ll be wholly clean;

Cleanse me from all sin, Lord,

That may be there, unseen.


I trust in Your Grace, Dear Lord;

I know my salvation is sure;

But through neglect or willful sin,

My heart may not be fully pure.


Forgive me each day, Dear Lord,

For sins which I allow

To cling to me and soil my feet;

Please wash my feet just now.


Fellowship with Thee, Dear Lord,

Restored again will be.

For Thou wilt make me fully clean

And bring me close to Thee.

.

Janet Fenton Meadows

1/19/1998

Don Meadows

4/26/17


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