Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - October 23, 2008

Good morning,

Our devotion for today comes from Romans 12:12 "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

Wherever you are today, meditate on this; a man who owned a plot of land was about to leave the area on a journey that would take several years.  Before he left, he leased his land to others.  When he returned, he discovered his renters had been very careless and brambles had sprung up, turning his plot of land into a wilderness of thorns.

Desiring to cultivate the land, he sent his son to clear the ground.  The son quickly concluded, it will take forever to get this land cleared!  Overwhelmed by the idea, he lay on the ground and went to sleep.  He did the same day after day.  Finally his father came to see what had been done and found the land untouched.

The son apologized to his father, explaining that the job had seemed so overwhelming that he had been afraid to tackle it.  His father replied, "Son, if you had only cleared the area on which you lay down for a nap each day, your work would now be done."

You may be so overwhelmed by the challenges in your life that you wonder what good it would do to pray.  But prayer by prayer, God can bring comfort and healing to your heart.  Don't give up!  God's mighty hand is only a prayer away. 

Have a blessed prayerful day!

Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III


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