Preparedness Links

“Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. “It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. “Therefore, be on the alert–for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning – Mark 13:33-37
Matthew 24:33 – King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

When You Struggle in Prayer – Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life

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Handfuls of Purpose –“And let fall also [some] handfuls of purpose.” – Ruth 2:16

Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life

“You that call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” Matthew 1:21

A story is told in thePateric, an authentic book of Christian tradition, about a young monk who was very pious, but weak in temptations. Whenever he prayed, he was like an angel. But soon after finishing his prayer, he fell again into sin, after which, deeply burdened by remorse, he returned to the church and didn’t cease praying, until he felt God’s forgiveness. And immediately he fell again into sin.

Then he prayed again… and so on. In this way his life was a constantzig zag between prayer and sin. One day he committed a “bigger” sin than usual. Horrified at his deed he went again to the church, and prostate in front of the altar, begged for forgiveness. At that moment, he saw the doors of heaven open and Jesus Himself appear to him.

Immediately Satan appeared also, saying to the Savior, “You cannot possibly forgive this man now!”

“Who are you to stop Me?” Jesus asked.

”Is not all power in earth and in heaven mine?” Satan insisted, “How can You possibly forgive this one who runs to sin immediately after his prayer? He constantly goes from me to You, from You to me.”

“Not at all!” replied Jesus. “He turns from you and comes to Me, from you to Me. After all, whenever he goes from prayer to sin, you receive him! So why shouldn’t I receive him even this time? And from now on, not only will I receive him, but I will also give him the power against sin.” Indeed, from that on, the monk became a model of piety and holiness. Jesus is He who saves His people from their sin.

Words to Think About…

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“God doesn’t answer prayer, He answers DESPERATE prayer.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – John Bunyan

“All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them.” – HudsonTaylor