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Minister’s Message: Prioritizing prayer

I am thankful I can determine to pray about choices and circumstances

Well, here we are in spring and summer driving conditions. Speed has taken the place of slow for most vehicles.

A king in the Bible named Jehu is said to have driven his chariot furiously. One version reads, “like a maniac.” That might be the case for some on our highways.

It is a good idea to use your vehicle’s cruise setting to avoid speeding and getting a ticket. Slowing down is good but the “res” button seems to mean “re zoom” for a few.

I had to chuckle when I saw a sign across the windshield of a white SUV that law enforcement tend to use: POC A TON. I guess the driver didn’t want other drivers to compulsively slow down when he came up behind them.

I like to see the older classic cars on the roads now. A lot of other summer time vehicles are showing up too; sporty cars and motorcycles, motorhomes and boats on trailers. On the roadsides, four-wheel ATVs have replaced snowmachines. We’ll have to be alert and quick to avoid accidents.

Other situations besides driving require quick action.

Medical emergencies and accidents demand responses that are immediate. Fortunately, our emergency medical services are trained to respond fast and professionally. Knowing how to perform CPR and doing so has made the difference in someone living to see another day.

A small fire in the home can be quickly extinguished with the right equipment and fast action. It is wise to be prepared to deal with a fire that can be put out immediately so that extensive damage can be avoided.

Ben Franklin is credited with the saying, “Haste makes waste.” He apparently advocated steady progress rather than fast work which may have to be redone. Ben didn’t coin the phrase, “He who hesitates is lost.” Both phrases require choices. Decision-making is all part of the process.

I am thankful I can determine to pray about choices and circumstances.

Prayers offered in a moment or in extended quiet solitude are both effectual. It’s comforting to know we have that tried-and-true resource. Rather than using prayer as a last resort, we can prioritize it like Paul said, “First of all, prayer…”. We can follow Peter’s advice, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” The Lord Jesus shows his power and provision in amazing ways.

Acting on God’s promises quickly with faith can bring great results. Healing, protection and deliverance are available. Miracles in the moment have occurred. Healing may take time, yet health is restored at times after prayer.

There are scripture passages that I treasure and hold to in faith. Stories that don’t end well are included in the Bible as lessons for us to avoid those outcomes. Since salvation is the greatest gift and experience we can have, I want to be quick to confirm it and avoid repeating Jeremiah 8:20, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”

Jesus said he came “to seek and to save.” I’m glad he chose that divine action and is still doing it so we can we benefit immediately from his “so great salvation.”

Mitch Glover is pastor of Sterling Pentecostal Church. Sunday services include Bible classes for all ages at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. Bible study is Thursday at 7 p.m. Visit the services and sterlingpentecostalchurch.com.

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