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Spend a Little Time With Jesus in Prayer

                                                                      
January 24, 2018
Dear Friends,

Dan's call came as a complete shock. He said, "Cal you've got to do
something. Whatever you posted on Facebook has prompted people to
start calling my daughter. Her phone has been ringing off the hook. My
friends are worried sick that something's happened to us!"  

I apologized for the confusion and told him about my post. I had simply
written that I was praying for him and his wife and asking God to bless
them. When I pray for my friends I usually send them a handwritten note.
Since he was in Arizona I decided to use Facebook.

"I guess when people think of prayer, they always think the worst," he
replied. Dan was certainly correct about that.  This happened three more
times that afternoon. I posted that I was praying for a few more friends
and it set off alarm bells all over the country.

"Why is that?" I asked myself. It seems as if too many of us have come to
think of prayer as the last line of defense when everything goes wrong in
our lives. When we talk about prayer, people start thinking the worst. We
rarely think of prayer as a good thing.

We lift up prayer as though it is an umbrella to protect us from the effects
of a terrible storm. We use it like Captain America's shield to fend off attacks
from the enemy. Then sometimes it doesn't work. People die even after we
have faithfully been praying for them.  

No wonder so many people ask if prayer really makes a difference. Which
brings me back to what I wrote on Dan's Facebook wall. I was actually praying
that Dan and his wife would experience a deep and abiding sense of God's
presence on their trip. I wanted to bless him.

You see, prayer in its most essential form is all about connecting with our
heavenly Father. God has chosen prayer as the primary way for us to spend
time with him at any hour of the night or day. It's like calling your best
friend. Just hearing their voice changes everything.

So I'm going to keep praying for all my friends. I hope you will too. It's a
good thing. While you are at it, take a few minutes to simply thank God for
all he's done for you. Tell him you love him. Then just spend a little with
him. I can guarantee that you will be blessed!

God bless! See you in church.

Cal
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