July 25, 2019: SOAP #3521:  Isaiah 43-45; 1Peter 4 (Repeat from 12/16/2009)H Scripture:  1Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Observation:  Here in the New International Version, and in 5 other translations (NAS, NLT, NRSV, RSV, and WEY) we see clear-mindedness and […]

July 25, 2019: SOAP #3521: Isaiah 43-45; 1Peter 4 (Repeat from 12/16/2009)H

Scripture:  1Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near. Therefore,be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.

Observation:  Here in the New International Version, and in5 other translations (NAS, NLT, NRSV, RSV, and WEY) we see clear-mindedness andself-control affecting our prayers.  Itis probably not something we think about too often, but maybe we shouldconsider how God hears our prayers.  Wecomplain about visiting with people who ramble and seem to endlessly repeatthemselves.  We would rather visit withsomeone who does not always cover the same material, with most of it comingfrom the past.  Could it be that God feelthe same way about our prayers?  Thinkabout it!    

Application:   Iwonder if God does not listen to my prayers and say something like, 'It wouldbe good for Leonto stop rambling.'  'If Leon would cutout all the repetition and just think about what he is saying I might be ableto identify a prayer I can answer.'  OrHe might say, 'I am going to answer that prayer, but Leon will not recognize the answerbecause he did not put much thought into the request. He will not recognize theanswer when it hits him in the face.'  (Sometimesit is good for me to write out my prayer because it forces me to write it inlegible and understandable sentences.)

Prayer:  Lord, remind me to be clear-minded andself-controlled in my prayers.  May yoube blessed in hearing my prayers!  Amen.

Pastor Leon
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