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October 02, 2009

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I like this idea, Cody, but I think it must be understood in terms of God's profound grace. The Lord bids us to pray without ceasing. Clearly he doesn't mean for us to avoid work in order to pray, so how does he intend for us to work and pray simultaneously. I don't know for sure, but I believe he is calling us to a prayerful attitude, a constant faith in his unfathomable ways. That's what walking humbling with our God would mean. Does that make sense?

I want to emphasize that while the Lord calls us to spend time on our knees, he also calls us to pray while we work and play, and I don't want us to have a mindset that if we don't work for God in prayer, as it were, He will not bless us or work through us. I think God calls us more to a humble walk, a kind of waking prayer, than to hours on our knees pleading with Him to act.

Right on, Phil. All my "labor language" can sound like works rather than God's grace. Actually, I set that particular novel down because it was beginning to sound like Christians change things by an act of their will via prayer. Still, it reminded me that there are many prayers being whispered that I don't know about: on the way to work, over the kitchen stove, during the wee hours of the morning. And I'm thankful for that. Let us have a disposition of prayer 24/7 ... even when we sleep!

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