The Next Day

I was at my cousin’s house the other day and we had a discussion about a quote.  Here it is (I think I remember it), “Humans can live 40 days without food, 4 days without water, 4 hours without oxygen; but, humans cannot live one second without hope.”  I do not know who originally said this to give credit.  I don’t think I quoted it totally correct; but, you get the meaning of it.

Hope is necessary to life.  If we lose hope then we will eventually lose everything.  I think this is the broad meaning of this quote.  I have thought a lot about Peter this year.  For some reason Mark 16:7, “But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” keeps coming to my mind.  I believe it is because I so often fail the LORD and I need forgiveness and hope.  This verse to me just overflows with hope.

Peter failed Jesus greatly!  Well, wait just a minute before we go bashing Peter.  As I look at my life I see instances where my life has denied the LORD.  Maybe, when presented with the opportunity I have not said that I do not know Him; but, plenty of times my life has denied Him by my works.  This is just as bad to me.  So, I receive hope along with Peter in that passage in Mark 16:7, “But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.”  You can put your name there too.

So, how are you doing?

Prayer

A dear friend shared a quote with me yesterday and I cannot remember who was given credit for the quote.  Biscuits and gravy will do that to a Preacher.  Whew!  Anyway, the quote goes as such.  “Pray or fail”.

This is one of those truths that is small in size; yet, enormous in implications.  Think about that for a moment.  “Pray or fail”.  Maybe you are asking yourself why this is so important.  It is simple really.  Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. ”  There it is.  Jesus said in the latter part of that verse, “…for without me ye can do nothing.”  We get too big for our britches and we think we can do it.

What would you rather be a success in the eyes of the world and a failure in the eyes of God or would you rather be a success in the eyes of God and a failure in the eyes of the world?   The choice is really up to us.  If we want to please God and have access to all that He has for us then we need to access the avenue of prayer.

Notice Luke 11:2, “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”  The first part of this verse is critical.  Prayer is not an option for a Christian.  Notice He said, “… When ye pray, “.  Prayer is a grand assumption.  It is absolutely true, “Pray for fail”.

So, how are you doing?