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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

to pray or not to pray since God knows it all!

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Greetings, all,

Thanks for your time and attention.

i have often had this conflict within me and at times given up hope for spending time praying thinking that since God knows all, past, present and future, what's the point in praying!

So i gave it up!

Till recently that i came to the understanding that praying doesn't necessarily mean asking God to do this or that for us, as if He were someone to take our orders, God forbid, or to give us this or that.

Prayers are times spent with the Lord to create an intimate relationship between us and the Lord, if not more than that.

i suppose it's an opportunity we give ourselves to talk with the Lord as a friend, as a confidant, and thus deepen our friendship with Him.

i am still in the process of learning to pray and speak with the Lord, so, if you could share your ideas about prayers and praying, i would be most grateful.

i know it's best to get into the habit of praying at a certain time, at a certain place, and regularly, and it's also best to start the day with the Lord and get to learn the mind of the Lord, His plans for us early in the morning and carry on our lives having filled our heart and soul with that wisdom.

Thank you for your time and attention, again.

Bless your hearts,

Totoo

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We must also remember that prayer is more than just asking God for things. It is the very same, or even more intense relationship as we have, or should have, with our earthly father. We need extend that relationship to our heavenly Father, talk to Him the way he talks to you, in love and compassion, not just asking for things.

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On 9/5/2021 at 3:24 AM, Totoosart said:

i am still in the process of learning to pray and speak with the Lord, so, if you could share your ideas about prayers and praying

For what reason did Jesus Messiah instruct His own disciple:  you must become like infants/ little children or you will never see the Kingdom of Heaven ? 

We are to be like little 3 year olds walking along trusting our Heavenly Father all the time for all of our lives and everything in our lives, as Jesus does and did. 

Just like a 3 year old with his dad walking along,  seeing an object laying on the sidewalk, or something in the grass or in the street that is new to him/us/ we look up at our Dad and He Knows we want His Word , His Approval, His Permission if it is allowed to pick up the object, to know whether it be good or bad, right or wrong, helpful or valuable or harmful or to be left alone at once (don't dwell on wicked ways with sinful men or their objects). 

So we remain in union with the Father in heaven , in Christ Jesus, Daily,  Seeking His Appraisal of everything before we mess with it, pick it up, consider it, study it, have it, or even desire it. 

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10 hours ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

Just like a 3 year old with his dad walking along,  seeing an object laying on the sidewalk, or something in the grass or in the street that is new to him/us/ we look up at our Dad and He Knows we want His Word , His Approval, His Permission if it is allowed to pick up the object, to know whether it be good or bad, right or wrong, helpful or valuable or harmful or to be left alone at once (don't dwell on wicked ways with sinful men or their objects).

That's also possible, thanks for sharing.

Bless your good hearts,

Totoo

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