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
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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