Christmas Scripture Reading – Day 19

19 Dec

Do you know what today is? It’s treatment day! That’s sounds so nice and pleasant, doesn’t it? Treatment Day – like you’re going to get a special treat – almost like something you would be excited about. Can’t say that I’m excited about it, but I am glad to do it because it’s giving my body something it needs. This is #6 so it’s my half-way point through maintenance! Yay!!

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If this is your first time visiting, we are reading through the 25-Day Christmas Scripture Reading Plan. Today is Day 19 and you can click on any of the links below to be taken to the passages at BibleGateway.com.

Today’s passage talks about prayer and, specifically, some key elements of prayer. The very first thing we should do when we begin to pray is praise and worship God – not dive right in with our list of requests. Offering praise puts us in the right frame of mind to continue our prayer.

We are also reminded that, through prayer, God gives us what we need for each day. One of my incredibly wise, sweet, wonderful friends reminded me of this truth this week as we talked about the grip of fear:

God’s grace is for today. Now. Not tomorrow. That’s why his mercies are new each morning. Live today and let him take care of tomorrow.

It’s so easy to get caught up in worrying about what will happen tomorrow or next week or when the test results come back, but God’s grace covers today. We can deal with tomorrow when it gets here.

This passage also reminds us to be persistent in prayer. Don’t pray once and think it’s enough. If it matters to you, it’s important enough to continue praying about it. Persistence is not so much about us getting what we want as it is about us communicating with God often enough that we can hear his voice when he speaks to us.

As we get closer to Christmas day and your schedule gets even crazier, be sure to make time each day to pray. Even – and especially if – it’s hard to find time to do it, carve out time. You will be glad you did.

Have a wonderful day!
Rachel

5 Responses to “Christmas Scripture Reading – Day 19”

  1. Nancy Arrighi December 19, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Rachel, I’d like to add that after we open up our prayer with praise that we need to ask forgiveness and be cleansed of our sins before we make requests. The Bible clearly tells us that when we sin, God turns His face from us. Also, we must be clean and pure when we approach Father God because He is Holy.

    • rachturner December 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Excellent points, Nancy! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Andrew December 20, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    Nice description of treatment day and how ‘treat’ somehow sounds inappropriate (even if in the bigger sense, by managing our cancer, it is a treat).

    • rachturner December 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Merry Christmas, Andrew! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

      • Andrew December 21, 2012 at 6:48 am #

        Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. Best wishes for the holidays and the new year.

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