August 15, 2022     8:28 am
267. Week of Eleventh Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Pray everywhere
          Pray everywhere.   1 Timothy 2:8
          Yes, you may pray everywhere. Isaac had gone out to pray in the field in the evening. (Gen. 24:63) To publicly profess his faith, Daniel prayed at the open window of his house three times a day. (Dan. 6:10) Jonah prayed to the Lord, his God, from within the fish's belly. (Jonah 2:1) Our Saviour went up into a mountain apart to pray. (Matt. 14:23) The first hundred and twenty disciples of Jesus continued with one accord in prayer and supplication. (Acts 1:14) Paul and Silas prayed in prison at midnight. (Acts 16:25) You may pray everywhere. Only, "when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you," says the Saviour, "they have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly." (Matt. 6:5,6) Hence, your private room is a good, a very good place for you to offer your daily prayer. And when prayer is said in public worship or at family devotion, do not be inattentive or listless, but with all your heart join in the prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, and praise. There is a special promise attached to joint prayer. For Jesus says: "If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matt. 18:19,20)
          PRAYER: - Gracious God and Father, wherever I may be, You are with me, and Your eye, O Father, sees me, and Your ear is inclined to hear what Your child desires of You. Should I then be mute, and should my heart be closed against You? Should I not speak to You and call upon You as a little child speaks to its mother, asking her for this thing and for that? O Heavenly Father, who kindly bows down to me, give me your Holy Spirit, that in true childlike fashion I may lift up my heart to You through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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