Matt. 3:4 KJV “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
I Jn 1:9 KJV ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Acts 3:19 KJV “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”
Once again I haven’t written any thing fer a while. My life has been, good Lord, hectic to say the very least. Juggling family, church, work and political activity to say I’ve been busy would be an understatement. But I come to ya’ll tonight with a message that the Lord shared with me through my wonderful son. On any given evening after dinner and before bed time our family of three gathers around each other to share what’s happened throughout the day and to spend some time in devotions together then followed by prayer. (they say the family that prays together, stays together. And after 10 years of marriage I can testify to that truth…..also there is documented evidence of the same.)
biblestudytools.com “The old adage, “The family that prays together stays together,” received some additional credence this week. A survey by the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that adolescents ages 12 to 14 reared in religious households are more likely than their peers from nonreligious families to admire their mother and father, to not run away from home, to eat dinner with their parents and to have Mom and Dad involved in their social lives.”
Well anyways, we were done with devotions the other evening and were praying together. I had shared that evening about how we should confess our sins to the Lord in order to keep our hearts pure before Him. Well, my son was praying and I was listening in on the conversation when I noticed a trend in what he was sayin. “Dear Lord help me to not get angry…..dear Lord help me to not fight with my friends…..dear Lord help me to respect my parents….” I’m not making this up that is almost verbatim what he prayed that night. As he closed his prayer the Lord smacked me in the head and said, “how many times have you asked fer help instead of asking for forgiveness?” I thought about this all the next day till I had a head ache the size of the state I live in (yup that’s Texas) and I came to the conclusion that askin for help (while there ain’t nothin wrong with that) is entirely something different from askingfor forgiveness. I really don’t think that God can or will help us until we first repent of the thing that is separating us from His presence.
Now all that bein said I reckon I should clarify something for you guys…..I never once criticized my son for his prayer. At ten years old he is just speaking his heart to the Lord and I would never wish to discourage him in any way. When he prays sincerely it is so moving and wonderful, and unless you have children you probably wouldn’t understand this emotion.
I WOULD CLOSE THIS BLOG BY ENCOURAGING YA’LL TO SHARE SOME TIME EVERY DAY AS A FAMILY. #1 AMONGST YOURSELVES & #2 TOGETHER AS A FAMILY WITH GOD. I’VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I’LL SAY IT A HUNDRED MORE TIMES. THIS COUNTRY AIN’T A GONNA FIX ITSELF…..IT’S GOTTA START IN OUR HOMES…