Hello my lovely blog readers, I would like to invite you to tune in to my radio interview on Bott Radio Network June 28th from 3:00-3:15PM with Judy Redlich on her show Encounter. I will be talking about my book Never Forsaken and also sharing the challenges of being a parent of a child with special needs. Don’t miss this faith filled interview. You can find a copy of my Book Never Forsaken on Amazon.com and at Barnesandnoble.com as well. God bless you all!
Say it Like You Mean it: Sincerity
Human beings have a remarkable capacity for turning the sacred into something ordinary. The constant stream of undervalued possessions, experiences, and relationships that comes in the wake of our consumerism is a relatively mild example of this. But this is a problem as old as humanity itself.
Somehow, we are able to come face to face with God, seeing his power and beauty in ways that can steal our breath, and over time turn those interactions into something ordinary. Something we try to manipulate. Shockingly, we often try to turn our interactions with God into something that can be used to impress other people.
For this reason, Jesus had to remind us that our interactions with him need to be sincere. In his famous Sermon the Mount, Jesus explained that we can easily turn giving to those in need into a human-focused thing. Then he exposed the outwardly religious who turn prayer into a performance art, meant to impress.
Prayer, Jesus reminds us, is about speaking to God. Sure, other people will sometimes hear what we say to God. But if we ever find ourselves praying with other people in mind, we can be sure that we’ve distorted prayer. If we ever find ourselves praying according to some formula or out of mindless obligation, we can be sure we have distorted prayer.
Do you find yourself speaking directly to God? You’re on the right track. Do you find yourself speaking with God about the things that matter most to you? That’s prayer. If it feels devoid of relationship, then it’s not prayer. If it feels stuffy or lifeless, it’s not prayer. Prayer is the impulse to speak to God; just be sure you say what you mean.
Bible Reference: Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:1-10, 12-18 KJV
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John 3:20-21 KJV
Good Day readers! I’m popping in to share more of my journey with you. Today was so amazing God really showed up and showed out as I was interviewed by KXEN Christian talk Radio Station. We talked about my new book Never Forsaken and discussed how God can and will always make a way for those who love and believe in his Son Christ Jesus!
God is doing great things in my life and I give all the honor glory and praise to him. I had the pleasure of also doing a radio show with KMOX News Radio this past Sunday on my book Never Forsaken and it went well and I had a blast! My inspirational message can be found on Amazon.com and at Barnesandnoble.com I share in my story how God delivered me from health crisis and much more.
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Never Forsaken By Author Marlena Gardner