26 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-21-22

  1. Prayer seems to be the theme of my life right now. As part of Lent my church is reading Prayer in the Night, by Tish Harrison Warren on The Compline or night prayers for the end of day, to signify the end of the waking day. The author and her husband are priests and as she was experiencing a miscarriage she asked to pray the Compline. It has been a good book for me to read even though I have not been able to participate in “the study” of it with the rest of the church.

    We have all felt the loss of Chas’ prayers for us. His prayer life was mentioned over and over in his memorial service. “If Charlie told you he was praying for you, you could be certain he was”.

    On Sunday mornings after the 8am service and before the 10am service Fr. M is leading a class on the Catechism of the Anglican Church in America. We started out with the “rule” of prayer, which he warned us to be really careful. Following “rules” isn’t what it is about. It is about developing the time to grow closer to and know God. I missed last week, as I was going out of town, but yesterday the below is what we discussed. I especially was drawn to 242 and 243.

    I remember many years ago, being lucky enough to hear Elizabeth Elliott speak at a Baptist Church in Mobile. She said prayer is ALWAYS answered, sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes, it is no, and sometimes it is not yet.

    233. Are there different ways to pray?
    Yes. Prayer can be private or public, liturgical or extemporaneous, spoken or silent. (1 Samuel 1:1–20; 1 Kings 8:22–61; Psalm 142; Mat¬ thew 11:25–28; Mark 1:35–39; Luke 6:12–16; Hebrews 5:7–10)
    234. What types of prayer are in the Lord’s Prayer?
    The Lord’s Prayer includes praise, petition, intercession, and con-
    fession to God. (Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 11:2–4) 235. What is praise?
    In praise, I glorify and adore God for his holiness, his sovereign rule over all, and his salvation given in Jesus Christ. (Exodus 15:1– 21; Psalm 111; Luke 1:39–56; Ephesians 1:3–14)
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    236. What is petition?
    In petition, I make requests to God on my own behalf for his provision and protection. (1 Samuel 1; 2 Kings 20:1–7; Psalm 86; John 17:1–5; 2 Corinthians 12:1–10; Philippians 4:6–7)
    237. What is intercession?
    In intercession, I make requests to God on behalf of others, the Church, and the world. (Exodus 32:1–14; Psalm 20; John 17:6–26; Ephesians 3:14–21; 6:18–20)
    238. What is confession?
    In confession, I acknowledge my sins in repentance before God and receive his forgiveness. (Nehemiah 1:4–11; Psalm 51; Jeremiah 36:1–3; Luke 23:39–43; Acts 2:14–41; 2 Corinthians 7:2–12; 1 John 1:9)
    239. What types of prayer are not included in the Lord’s Prayer?
    Other types of prayer are thanksgiving, by which I give thanks to God for his providential goodness and answers to my prayers; and oblation, by which I offer to him all that I am and all that I do. (2 Samuel 22; Psalm 63; Luke 1:38; 22:39–44; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 10:1–25; 13:15–16)
    240. With what attitude should you pray?
    I should pray with humility, love, and a ready openness to hear and do God’s will. (2 Chronicles 7:13–15; Psalms 31; 46:10–11; Luke 18:9–14; Philippians 4:4–7)
    241. What prayers should you learn as a part of your rule of prayer?
    After learning the Lord’s Prayer, I should next aim to learn cer- tain psalms (such as Psalms 23, 51, 95, 100, 150) and prayers from
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    the Daily Office. These prayers will ground me in the Christian tradition of prayer and teach me how to pray in my own words.
    242. What should you remember when prayers seem to go unanswered?
    I should be certain that God always hears my prayers and answers them by his wisdom, in his own time and manner, for my good, and for his glory. (Psalm 37:3–9; Isaiah 55; Habakkuk 3:17–19; Luke 18:1–8; James 4:2–3; 1 John 5:14–15)
    243. How should you pray in times of suffering?
    I should pray trusting in the sufficiency of God’s grace and in joy- ful assurance that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame.” (Romans 5:3–5; see also Job 23; Psalm 22; John 12:23–26; 2 Corinthians 1:3–5; 1 Peter 4:12–19)

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  2. Great considerations on prayer, Kim. Thank you for posting that.

    Yes, we continue to miss Chas. And we will.

    I am trying to make myself do something new this morning. I have to keep talking at myself to make it happen.

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  3. Okay, Bible was done earlier, and now exercise is done. Hopefully children will finish their tasks and be in for Revelation and then it is off to Moscow for me and Lewiston for them for speech therapy.

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  4. My venturing out to do something new did nog go as planned. The church gym is opening for use by senior citizens twice a week. I planned to walk there today. It got cancelled because they are putting lines in for pickle ball courts.

    What is pickle ball? It seems to be popular in this area now but I haven’t a clue what it is. Of course a quick search of the internet should inform me.

    I had to turn out of the parking lot going in the opposite direction from home because of traffic. I ended up on the street where a small church is located where Wesley first practiced driving. There is a perfect rectangular driveway around the church. Wesley’s Scoutmaster suggested that as the perfect place to begin and it was. Funny, I thought, to be where he first learned when I am in training to learn how not to drive 😀

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  5. Slow day on here! Was it the mention of pickleball that sent people out to the courts? I have been outside removing pine cones and sticks from the yard. I thought about mowing, but there are still beech tree leaves waiting to fall. The little violets are all over the yard and I always hate to mow when they are blooming. Many are so low to the ground they escape the mower blades but some don’t fare so well. I can wait.

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  6. Mumsee, since you mentioned negative self talk, I am listening to Battle Ready: Train Your Mind . . . by Kelly Balarie. You might like to read it or listen on Audible. It is different than I tbought it would be, but good. I got one for myself and one for a friend. I would like to send some to Christian Library International.

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  7. Back from Moscow. Did you miss me?

    A long time ago, maybe fifteen or so years, a young deputy died when he hit the black ice on a lonely section of road, and crashed into a hillside. He left a young girlfriend and a seven month old baby. A cross with his name and a wreath mark the spot. I have often prayed for whoever keeps it nice over the years when I pass by.

    On the first and last twenty mile stretch, I saw seven cars in the forty miles, a veritable traffic jam. One vehicle was stopped, across the road from the marker. I, of course slowed down and waved to our local sheriff, Jason. He had stopped to refresh the marker. He is a good guy, a fellow believer. He loves the people and it shows in many ways. This was one of them.

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  8. Our internet is a little spotty. Looks like my first post didn’t work, whatever it was.
    sunny and the birds are singing now that the for has burned off. Time to head to school for a few hours work.

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  9. Home office chair fixed.

    I’m feeling really burned out right now, between caring for the aging dogs, a too-busy work schedule, neighbor disruptions, other things.

    But feeling better this afternoon than I did this morning.

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  10. Twenty year old daughter is way off after her weekend away. Not surprised! She is supposed to be packing and cleaning up her room. Prayer appreciated.

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  11. Oh, Mumsee, a peaceful send off would be so welcome.🙏 Praying for her calm mode to be turned on supernaturally. Maybe give her camomile tea. I have some camomile and lavender tea which is suppose to help calm and make for peaceful sleep.

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  12. And just like that.

    When I give her tea, she says, “It looks like pee. I am not drinking that!”

    But you friends prayed and she is back to calmly working on it. I had her make some lists, That is something she enjoys doing and it might help to organize her thoughts.

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  13. Pickle ball is popular here, too. We have never played it, but know some who do.

    My son-in-law is on a disc golf league. His sons play with him sometimes and he has also taught nephews how to play. He paints discs too or dyes them. He even plays in the snow, which seems strange to me.

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