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Pray It Forward

From inside the fish Jonah prayed … “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me … I called for help, and you listened to my cry … you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit” … And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. — Jonah 2:1-10

Notice all Jonah prayed in the past tense (“you answered“, “you listened“, “you brough me up“, etc.) had not yet occurred. He was in the fish when he prayed!

Jonah was praying it forward — thanking God for what God was going to do as if God had already done it.

I hate those e-mails where the sender makes a request then adds, “Thank you in advance…” but God appears to love us praying that way! Jesus said,

“I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for. — Mark 11:24

Instead of just telling God how bad it all is, start thanking him for what he’s going to do about it.

Sound Bite:”Pray it forward!”
Also see:”Prayer and God’s Timelessness” – August 27, 2011

— fritz@langgang.com

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Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”

They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” – Mark 11:29-33

Jesus gave clear answers to those who met him with honest minds and hearts but game players he left empty!

These came to Jesus demanding an answer about his source of authority and he offered a question of his own.  Notice their deliberations – their thoughts were not on honesty but safety.

Sound Bite: Don’t expect to get answers from God is your primary concern is safety instead of honesty.

-fritz

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>Crisis Management?

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“And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled…” – Mark 11:7

“Troubled”– it seems everyone wants to get us frightened by some crisis. From the weather to the nations, everything is in “crisis management”!

Jesus told HIS followers NOT to be troubled. It doesn’t mean we don’t care, it doesn’t mean we don’t act, but we choose not to be in a crisis.

God is our Father, he is personally caring for us, he will give us peace and wise actions to take at the right time.

-fritz

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>One Small Detail From Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

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(Mar 11:2)”Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it…. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted. – Mark 11:2, 7 (Message Bible)

A small detail – The colt Jesus used had never before had a rider. Other gospels also point out the colt was a donkey.

What can we learn from that? Jesus takes unbroken, headstrong, inexperienced creatures and immediately makes them useful to his purposes, whether they be donkeys or humans.

Jesus stilled the storms with a single word (Mark 4:41) and peacefully rides the unbroken and naturally stubborn with just his touch.

– Fritz

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