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Morning Prayer, Friday, January 20, 2017 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: ENDURANCE

Father God, this year,  I need endurance so that if I have to take the long route that I will be able to endure it.  Amen

Hebrews 12:1

"There are no shortcuts to endurance.  You have to train yourself to make peace with the long route no matter how long it takes."  The Israelites cried out for some 400 years for a Deliverer.  Finally, God sends Moses to bring them out of Egypt with a mighty hand.  Now, I am pretty sure they thought that God would bring them out swiftly from bondage into freedom.  Who thought He was planning to take the long route.  Have you ever needed something to happen and you prayed and prayed about it and nothing happened?  I also remember times when I asked God for something and wasn't in a hurry to get it and practically before I spoke the words from my mouth it was there.  Are you good at waiting?  Can you endure very long when you need something now?  It's hard.  You know God's track record, right?  He can and will come through for us but sometimes He just is not on our time.  We can't see what He sees.  We don't know what He knows.  There is a reason behind why God didn't answer your prayer swiftly.  Don't you wish He would share that with you?  Yeah, I know but God is not at my beck and call.  I can't dictate His moves.  I don't have the right to snap my fingers and say "Now God."  I have no right to try to push things along under my hand just because I don't think it is moving fast enough.  This year, I'm praying for endurance.  I am praying that if I have to go the long route to get there Lord, give me the spiritual strength I need to hang in there.  You see, I know what happens when I get anxious or scared or defiant.  It can get nasty.  I'm trying to do a new thing this year and so I'm praying "Lord, help me to be learn to endure in every situation."     

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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