Prayer -“A Gift That Money Can’t Buy”
¹¹Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:11-12
I know several people who are good cooks, and they do not have to follow a recipe. They can taste someone else’s food and know right away what ingredients they need to make that same dish. That certainly is not me. However, what I can follow is a recipe. Recipes that have been tried and tested definitely work, and I believe that the Apostle Paul gives us a recipe for being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. It would be wise for us to take his advice, and put on the whole armor of God so that we can be stand against and defeat any schemes and tactics of our adversary. Part of our weaponry and strategy for staying grounded is prayer. If we put on our armor and not go into battle, it will not do us much good. Let us decide to put on our armor and fight our battles down on our knees. It is a winning strategy, and recipe for strength.



Prayer “A Gift That Money Can’t Buy”
At the start of each New Year, there are things that we usually set out to accomplish. I try not to put too much stock in New Year’s resolutions because they are quite often temporary. Our youngest daughter (who is an athlete) was telling me how frustrating it is to walk into the fitness center, where she is a regular, and have it overcrowded the first week of January with people who have made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get in shape. I am sure that we all agree that those are good things to strive for, not as a temporary fix, but as a lifestyle change that one is committed to. Commitments are sometimes hard to make, but when we do, it can help us grow, and stay focused. I believe that one of the commitments that will help us to make permanent lifestyle changes is a study of the word of God and prayer.


Fear and Anxiety

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

                       –Philippians 4:4-7


On this third Sunday of Advent, we are encouraged to rejoice, rather than be in despair, resting in the knowledge that the Lord is near. This is a reminder for us to choose prayer over anxiety, and give everything to the one who has invited us into His exchange program.  He will take our burdens and give us peace that will cause us to stop and think; why didn’t I do this earlier?  Receive the peace of God as the umpire of our soul.