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Quality Over Quantity

  • But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:6 WEB

    As the speaker walked up to the pulpit, I could feel the hair on the back of my neck rising. I just knew that he was going to call on me to pray in front of the whole church again. They always asked someone to open the service with prayer, and some people had long beautiful prayers. Not me. I avoided PDP as much as possible: Public displays of prayer.

    As I came to know the Lord better I realized that fearing public prayer was not right, but making a performance out of it was not right either. God does not care if I have a stutter when I pray. Moses had a speech impediment and was still the chosen one. Jesus said, 'When you give, When you pray, When you fast' but you never do any of those things to impress others. If you do then you have your reward already, the praise of men.

    It is not the quantity of prayer, but the quality. Leave the long beautiful public speeches to the politicians and when you really want to connect with God, get somewhere quiet, pray, and listen. Talk to Him as you would a friend. After all, He knows you better than anyone else and nothing that you do or say is in secret to begin with. He hears the way that you talk around your friends. He also reads your texts.

    Also never, ever, ever, be ashamed of Jesus. When you get backed into a corner on your faith, that is when you need to take a stand and say: 'Yes, I love Jesus!' and not like Peter who said 'I do not know the Man.' Jesus said, 'For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed, when He comes in his glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the Holy Angels' (Luke 9:26).

    James wrote, 'The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it didn't rain on the earth for three years and six months. He prayed again, and the sky gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit' (James 5:16'18).

    Prayer is very powerful. We often have not, because we never asked God for it, so make your needs known to Him. Don't be afraid of praying, anywhere. God loves you and He wants to hear from you today.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for today. I want You to know that I welcome You to be a part of my life. Please guide me, teach me, mold me, I yield my will to You. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen, thank you Father for being close and near to me!
Jan 19
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen

 

Jan 19
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all our blessings.We love and worship you. Amen 

Jan 19
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I openly pray all the time. And I Thank God throughout my day for all my Blessings.  He knows my heart. Amen

Jan 19
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 19
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jan 19
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Beverly Hagar-Schmerse
Beverly Hagar-Schmerse

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for this encouraging personal testimony about PDP...:)  Many of us feel so inadequate to pray in public.  Yet have such a vibrant prayer-life with the Lord when alone.  z

Jan 19
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father thank you for hearing my prayers

Jan 19
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen..thank you Jesus for hearing and answering my prayers. 

Jan 19
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise God for all your  blessings  in jesus name amen 

Jan 19
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for this day and I want more of You in our lives, molding us the way You wants us to be. We know that You hear our prayers and also know our needs and desires, thank You Father for all Your blessings. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for your encouragement, God bless you both 

Jan 19
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen another awesome devotional thanks so much for loving Jesus and sharing it with your friends.

Jan 19
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 19
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help me to be comfortable in my faith, that I grow in knowledge and understanding. Find favor with me God. Praise the Lord Amen. 

Jan 19
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Jan 19
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 19
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! Hallelujahweh!

Jan 19
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau

As a guy of few words who doesn't like public speaking in general, I can understand where you're coming from. Also because of the scriptures you added instructing us to pray in secret. I don't think public prayer is a bad thing, it just means more people can join in on your prayers which may be a good thing. I think churches asking others to pray can be a healthy thing for the church and its people. But, I don't think you need long-winded prayers to be heard, short and simple prayers may be all that is needed to do some good, even if it consists of only a few words. Like the prayer of the tax collecter Jesus talks about in Luke 18:13 WEB "But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'"

Jan 20
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this devotion today. I really enjoy reading your messages every day or as much as I can. They are so uplifting and inspiring for me. I make it a practice to go into a separate room away from family and pray to my father in heaven every day, I read devotions like these that help me to remember what Jesus has done for me and how much God loves me and wants to be in my life. I start my day every morning reading God's word and reading devotions to be filled with the Holy Spirit and have His word in my heart. This helps me to get through my days with peace and be more calm. God is my Provider and my Protector, He loves me more than anyone in the world.

Jan 20