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Every verse in the model prayer that Jesus taught the disciples to pray was asking: give us, forgive us, lead us, deliver us. Prayer is requesting, asking something definite from God.

Prayer is asking, seeking, and knocking. It's one thing to ask, but seeking is going after something in a little greater way. And knocking is a term that takes you beyond asking or seeking.

There are two Greek words translated in the New Testament as ask. One of them is eperatao, and it means "to ask or to enquire," as asking a question. The other Greek word is aiteo. It's always used in prayer or where we're taught to ask in prayer. It means "to ask, to crave, to desire."

Some of the greatest prayers that brought the most positive answers from God were mighty, mighty short and to the point. If we study the prayers recorded in the Bible we'll see how short they are; then, we can learn how to shorten ours. God probably gets tired of our talking "around the world" telling Him all the current events. Some people think God doesn't know anything. They have to tell Him everything that happened yesterday. He knew it before it happened! He wants us to get to the point when we pray.

If God didn't answer some prayers quickly, it would be too bad. I think of when Peter walked on the water and got his eyes off the Lord. If he'd made a long prayer, he would probably have drowned. If he would have been like some of us: "O Lord, look at the waves! They're fifteen fee...blub, blub." But he said, "Lord, save me," and Jesus took hold of him. If we get right down to the point, God can asnwer so quickly sometimes that we'll wonder where it came from.

A little boy had been late for school several times, and he had been reprimanded. He'd been raised in a Christian home, and his mama had taught him to pray. He was hurrying one morning because he'd gotten a rather late start from home, and he looked up and said, "Lord, please don't let me be late again! I know you can make me get to school on time." About that time, he stubbed his toe, and down on his chin he went. He looked up and said, "You didn't have to push me!"

God doesn't always move just as we want Him to. He has a lot of different ways of working.
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Influence

Sombody has his eyes on you,
Waiting to see if you are true;
Somebody's watching you today,
Listening to hear just what you say.

Someone will step in the foorprints you make---
Be sure that the trail is narrow and straight,
Someone will walk in the pathway you trod---
Will it lead him upward and nearer to God?

It may be a child, it may be a man
Who is ready to stumble if you do not stand.
Be careful then, lest you lead them astray,
You must follow the foosteps of Jesus alway.

You are helping or hindering---you cannot tell who
By the thing you say and the things you do.
For no man lives to himself alone,
Be sure then, to help lead that sombody HOME.
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Let's "go down to Bethlehem"

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
-(Isaiah 7:14)

Let's "go down to Bethlehem", and in company with wondering shepherds and adoring Magi, let's see Him who was born King of the Jews, for we by faith can claim an interest in Him, and can sing, "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given." Jesus is Jehovah incarnate, our Lord and our God, and yet our brother and friend; let's adore and admire. Let's notice at the very first glance His miraculous conception. It was a thing unheard of before, and unparalleled since, that a virgin should conceive and bear a Son. The first promise: "The seed of the woman," not the offspring of the man. Since venturous woman led the way in the sin which brought forth Paradise lost, she, and she alone, ushers in the Regainer of Paradise. Our Saviour, although truly man, was as to His human nature the Holy One of God. Let's reverently bow before the holy Child whose innocence restores to manhood its ancient glory; and let's pray that He may be formed in us, the hope of glory!

Let's notice His humble parentage. His mother has been described simply as "a virgin," not a princess, or prophetess, nor a matron of large estate. True, the blood of kings ran in her veins; nor was her mind a weak and untaught one, for she could sing most sweetly a song of praise; but yet how humble her position, how poor the man to whom she stood affianced, and how miserable the accommodation afforded to the new-born King!

Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendour.




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