The Most Important Thing Of The Day

IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008


As I begin jotting these notes it’s 12:18 PM Thursday and I have had a conscience sense of satisfaction, contentment and just plain feeling good that has stopped me periodically this morning in mid-thought just to give thanks. What’s all that about you might ask. It’s about knowing that I have already accomplished the MOST IMPORTANT THING of my day and now everything afterward is just ‘gravy’. Since I have already done the most important thing of the day whatever else I do seems better somehow. I like this very much!! Are you curious what is that MOST IMPORTANT THING of my day? On my face my prayer. As you know I’ve been practicing that posture in prayer (once a day- the rest of my prayers in the course of the day are usually on the go) for a few weeks and I do believe it’s working!! And I am discovering the earlier in the day I assume the posture the better.
Okay. I’m off now for awhile. I’ll catch you up later.
Father, You are AWESOME. I love You and thank You so much for today!!
I’m baack! Trying to get a few words on the screen before supper preparations – supper can be a little late this evening as my beloved is cutting the grass. Enough of that.
We were talking about the MOST IMPORTANT THING of the day – prayer. And for me it seems the most faith building posture is prostrate. There was a time I walked as I prayed. My Girls teased me that I was wearing a path around the couch. The walking prayer back then was to keep me from falling asleep. Believe it or not I keep better hours now – still not as well as I should, but better. My point is the posture of prayer is not so much about what we do with these human frames of ours but rather the attitude of our spirit. And for this season of life, I am real delighted with carpet fiber each morning.
And now I am reminded of Daniel. I believe prayer was his most important thing to do too and obviously even more for Daniel than for me. Daniel prayed three times a day on his knees before an open window, facing Jerusalem. He was neither ashamed or full of fear even when the King decreed execution for praying to Yahweh. Still, Daniel prayed. You can read the full story at Daniel 6. 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
I am not advocating kneeling three times a day in ritual; I’m not promoting ritual at all and neither is Daniel. I think Daniel had a sense of satisfaction, contentment and just plain feeling good about his prayer posture. And that’s what I want for you. Whatever works for you, whatever gives you that sense that Father is pleased and you are pleased — be it prostrate, on your knees, walking, driving, kneeling — whatever it takes for you to KNOW you have connected with Father in the MOST IMPORTANT THING of the day – just do it!
James 5: 16, you have read it, heard it, even quoted it many times; today embrace it as your own personal promise from Father: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman added by me for emphasis) availeth much.
Amen and amen! What a Savior!
Father, this has been a sweet day and as we are closing it and looking for the morrow, I pray for our IDOKs that when they awaken in the morning, that they will meet with You and experience fresh and new Your Holy and Awesome Presence as much as we can in these frail bodies. I pray that each of us will be faithful to converse with You. Thank You for deeper insights. Thank You that our prayers avail much because we have been made righteous by You and in You Lord Jesus. We remember Richard and Emma tonight and Andrew and his family, Chris B and each other name written here and we pray for their well being and for Your Glory to be made plain in their lives and circumstances. Remember our IDOK Troops today; protect them from all harm in mind, body and spirit; bring them home to us; put a guard on those making decisions regarding this war and Lord curtail and arrest unwise plans and lead them to decisions for a successful conclusion to this war. We pray for the repentance of the Presidential Candidates and the election of the One You have chosen for this Nation. Father, I am sorry America has strayed so far from who You birthed Her to be and I ask You to forgive us and have mercy on us. I pray Holy Spirit that You will pour out conviction, that You will convince the Peoples of America of sin, of righteousness and judgment to come. I pray for Your Church Lord that You will not let up on us and that we will yet be holy in practice, that we will be people who love You so much that nothing less than obedience will satisfy us. And again I pray especially for each and every IDOK that we will fall ‘head over heels’ in love with You, that we will abandon ourselves to Your Will. Amen and amen.
Richard and Emma and family. Oprah. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III. Bay N.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Lee.
As I post this it is 64°F and mostly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 8:07 AM ADT – on April 11, 2008

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Knowing Love and Knowing the Word Go Hand In Hand

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008
Since I have not managed time well in the last 24 hours, I am sharing Beth (Moore) with you this morning from her Devotional Book Breaking Free Day by Day. Who knows it may be just what we need today.
And it reads: I pray that you … may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
We study so many other things, but how about exerting some of our energy into grasping the love of Christ? The word for “grasp” in this verse means to lay hold of, to seize with eagerness and suddenness. I’ve experienced a few times when I seemed to suddenly grab hold of the enormity of Christ’s love for a moment.
Can you think of a time when you were suddenly awash with the magnitude of His love for you personally? If not, ask Him to make you more aware. God’s love is demonstrative. Ask Him to widen your spiritual vision so you can behold unexpected evidences of His amazing love.
(End of Quote.)
We can do that. We should do that. Each day we should pray Lord, help me know more and more that You love me and help me know that I love You and more and more help me love you more. There are times I am faithful to pray that and other times, not. I am encouraged today to be more faithful in this prayer.
There’s another prayer that I am reminded I need to pray. Last night’s Mid-Week Prayer Service was about THE TRUTH and knowing it; about knowing the Word of God. We talked about hunger for the Word and how a real hunger for The Word is rare, especially here in America. Hunger for the Word is akin to physical hunger – both are appetites. And just as I can pray (and should faithfully, but don’t) Lord, decrease my physical appetite and help me eat less and enjoy more what I do eat; I should also be praying (and I am at this writing and will with His help continue to ask) Lord, increase my hunger for Your Word, Stimulate my appetite for You, Lord. I think this is a very appropriate prayer. And according to our sister, Beth, it is equally appropriate for us to pray, Lord, help me KNOW more of Your Love for me. And as I type this I believe I hear the Holy Spirit saying You will know more of My Love for You when You Know More of My Word. Amen and amen. May it be so Lord in each of us.
We have a close request this morning, Richard – husband to Emma – and she writes in part: He has a 90% blockage in one place and a lesser one in another. Dr. Couldn’t make a stint work so he will be having by-pass surgery next week sometime. This will mean 6 wks. Off from work to fully recuperate. His job is very stressful and it will be hard for him to take off right now but very dangerous not to take care of this blockage. He did not have any symptoms or pain – just tired and a little shortness of breath. He travels and is going to be afraid of having a heart attack on a flight or in a hotel room, alone. It’s pretty necessary to have this surgery. Please put him on your prayer list that everything will go okay. I’m still a little bit in shock. It’s like a bad dream that I’d like to wake up from.
Father, how do we even begin today. Saying Thank You sounds so little when compared to the enormity of You and what You are and have done for us but we are saying it: Thank You Father. And we do pray now for ourselves, that You will increase our appetite for Your Word. Lord, make us hungry for Your Word. And Lord, open our eyes to seeing the Love You demonstrate moment by moment for us. And Lord, help us fall more and more in love with You. We need more than anything to love You more. Right now we come with Richard and the 90% blockage, the pending surgery and recovery. We have seen You before bring another through this similar scenario and we are asking that You do this for Richard too. We pray for a full recovery for Richard and for peace for Emma and the family. We entrust this family to You Father for miracles and to You be the Glory we pray.
We also pray for these others listed here today too, for Your Glory to be Manifested in their lives and situations.
And we pray again for our IDOK Troops, for their safety and protection of mind, body and spirit; for their safe returns home to family and friends; for a successful conclusion to this war; for presidential candidates to repent and be worthy of the Office and for us to KNOW which You have chosen for America. Father, please have mercy on us. Abraham prayed for a city once and You agreed to spare it. I am praying Father for this Nation, have mercy on us; pour out conviction and grace to repent upon us. And Lord for Your Church move us, move us to be available and pliable in Your Hands so we can serve and bless You and others and it is in Your Name O Lord that we pray.

Richard for surgery and recovery and family for peace. Oprah. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Smith and family. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Jeremy H. Pastor’s Widow and four children. Martin Family. Odessa H. Margie & Duncan. Kearley Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III. Bay N.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

As I post this it is 81°F and mostly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 4:46 PM ADT – on April 10, 2008

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