When You Pray...help Me Lord (3 Of 4) by Frank Pollard

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WHEN YOU PRAY
HELP ME LORD!
MATTHEW 6:13
THE GREAT PHYSICIAN PERFORMS SURGERY OF THE SOUL TO RID
US OF THE PENALTY OF WRONGS WE HAVE DONE. IN THE LORD'S
PRAYER WE RECOGNIZE THAT AND THANKFULLY PRAY: "FORGIVE US
OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS. OUR LORD ALSO DEALS
IN PREVENTIVE RELIGION: "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT
DELIVER US FROM EVIL.1 HE TELLS US WE REALLY DON'T HAVE TO
COMMIT THE SIN1 THE AGONY OF REPENTANCE, CONFESSIONi AND
CLEANSING CAN BE AVOIDED. IT'S A GREAT TRUTH THE LORD LAYS
ON US HERE. WE NOT ONLY CAN BE FORGIVEN FOR THE WRONG WE
HAVE DONE; WE CAN BE DELIVERED FROM THE WRONG WE MAY DO.
JUST AS A PERSON CAN WATCH HIS DIET AND HEALTH HABITS AND
INCREASE HIS CHANCES TO STAY AWAY FROM ILLNESS, SO CAN A
CHRISTIAN WATCH HIS DAILY WALK WITH COD AND INCREASE HIS
CHANCES TO STAY AWAY FROM SIN AND ITS CONSEQUENCES. THIS
LINE IN THE LORD'S PRAYER REMINDS US WE CAN PRAY IN THE
MORNING, "HELP ME," AND MAYBE NOT HAVE TO PRAY AT NIGHT,
"FORGIVE ME."
THE FIRST THING WE'RE TO ASK FOR IS HIS HELP IN TIMES
OF TESTING. THE WORD "TEMPTATION" HERE MEANS MORAL TESTING.
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WHEN GOD ALLOWS TEMPTATION HE IS NOT TRYING TO TRIP YOU UP.
HE IS PREPARING YOU, MAKING YOU STRONG.
ALL OF US CAN RELATE THE WORD "TEST' TO SCHOOL DAYS.
FOR SOME OF US PAST; FOR SOME OF US PRESENT. TESTS ARE NOT
DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU DUMB, BUT TO MAKE YOU SMARTER. IN
FACING THE TEST, YOU LEARN MORE. GOD LETS YOU AND ME FACE
TESTS IN LIFE -- NOT SO MUCH SO THAT HE CAN SEE HOW WE' RE
DOING; HE KNOWS, BUT SO WE CAN SEE. IF WE FAIL THE MORAL
TEST WE FACE, WE'VE GOT SOME WORK TO DO. IF WE PASS THE
TEST, WE KNOW OUR FATHER IS HELPING US. OUR FAITH IS AT
WORK. OF COURSE THIS HELPS US GAIN CONFIDENCE IN OUR
CHRISTIAN LIVING. CONFIDENCE IS NOT SO MUCH GAINED BY
SAYING, "I THINK I CAN." IT COMES FROM SAYING, "I KNOW I
CAN; I JUST DID IT."
SO TESTS ARE GOD'S WAY OF PROVING OUR CONFIDENCE AND
DURABILITY. BEFORE AN AIRPLANE IS SOLD TO AN AIRLINE ...


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