Thursday, June 30, 2011

Crisis Praying

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.  (Colossians 4:2 NLT)

   During the Korean War I was stationed at Mare Island Naval shipyard in Vallejo, California.  I found it sad but interesting to listen to the "old salts", as we called them, telling stories about crisis praying.  What do we mean by crisis praying?

   Crisis praying takes place when life and limb are in extreme danger.  If you've watched the movie, Run Silent, Run Deep, you know the submariners were under heavy depth charge attack by the Japanese Navy.  You could see men with heads bowed, lips moving, fingers crossed, and dead silent.  They were in a crisis praying mode.

   The Apostle Paul reveals his heart for prayer in each of his Epistles.  To the Thessalonians he says, "Do not stop praying" (1 Thess. 5:17)  The disciples were told by Jesus to "watch and pray that you fall not into temptation." .

   Are you watching and praying?  Make every day a day of prayer and you will avoid the crisis praying mode.  

Thought for the Day: God is a crisis solver, but desires continual communication with you.  

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