As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4-5
Each week as I bring you my thoughts, I begin with scripture and leave you with a thought for the week. This week, both get equal billing. Yes, the scripture is most important because they are the words of Jesus.
Many times I am asked why I still work. Actually, “work” is a magic word. I do still work a couple of days per week and it is truly a joy to go be with people I love and have fellowship with while being productive. The comraderies that I share are a light in my life.
Oh yes, I labor at my job, but work is a recreation. Most every job gives you vacation time; a time to remove yourself from the toil of each day. You go to work, then you are paid for your efforts.
Do you know what real work is? Prayer! Prayer sometimes can be easy work because it can come as natural as breathing. Yet, some think it is hard work. I remember trying to fill up a prayer vigil schedule. Some people would respond, “How in the world do you fill up an hour spot? I can’t pray five minutes!”
If this sounds like you, I have a suggestion. If you think you can’t find much to pray for or about, try sitting down with pen in hand and list how you have been blessed for just one day. You can fill pages of thankfulness. Also, try listing your praises to God; wonderful, counselor, the prince of peace, the Mighty God.
If you can’t find enough to pray about, turn on the news. You will surely find plenty to put on your prayer list there. Pray for friends, family, the sick, people that have wronged you in some way. You see, prayer can be work but it has eternal benefits. Your prayers are not in vain. It may seem like it sometimes because you don’t see results immediately. God’s time is the best time. He sees every situation from beginning to end. What may be a disappointment to you can turn out to be a great blessing.
In Jesus’ words in the scripture today, He was telling his disciples that His work on earth would soon be done through God’s will for him. His night was coming when he would not physically be with them.
The same goes with us. We must work for the kingdom as Jesus taught us because a day will come when our influence will be over. Just make sure that the influence you have in God’s behalf, through your work, remains long after you are gone. I think of this so many times about my dear Mama. She is enjoying her heavenly home; her work here on this earth is done but her light still shines brightly.
You may take off time from work and even get paid to do so, but don’t ever take time off from your prayer life. Someone, somewhere is counting on those intervening prayers from you. So, enjoy your work and enjoy you prayer life. Both can be hard at times but the benefits are out of this world. Think about it!
PRAYER TIME: Please pray for the many that are facing serious illnesses and need a touch of the Master’s hand. As always, pray for Israel. There are still several urgent prayer requests that need our prayers. God knows who they are. Continue to pray for protection as we battle the pandemic. Keep praying for those that are still fighting COVID-19 and the new variant. Continue to pray for businesses that try to stay open and find help, for many unspoken requests, for our Military, our Nation and leaders, and a ray of hope for those in prison.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Rob Garrett, Steve Walters, Martha Shore and Ronnie Greene on Nov. 11, to Erin Hopper on Nov. 12, to my niece, Genia Payne and Jane Rogers on Nov. 14, to Holly Lyons on Nov. 15, to Gordon Noble and Sandra Houck on Nov. 16. May the good Lord bless you all in His most wondrous and serendipitous way!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO: Steve and Kim Fox on Nov. 12 and to Hersel and Linda Story on Nov. 15. May the Lord bless you with many more years together.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Work is life’s recreation; prayer is life’s real work!”