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LHM Daily Devotion – May 31, 2016 “To Pray or Not to Pray”

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By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

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To Pray or Not to Pray” 

May 31, 2016 

lighthouse bvOh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Psalm 105:1

Would you agree with me if I were to say there are two kinds of people in the world?

Some people will accept that statement and some folks won’t, which, I guess, means that there really are two kinds of people. That the world is divided into two groups of people is hardly an original thought. A lot of famous people have come to that conclusion:

Robert Frost said, “There are two kinds of people: some willing to work and the rest willing to let them.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and dosomething, and those who sit still and inquire, ‘Why wasn’t it done the other way?'”

James Thorpe threw in his two cents when he said, “The world is divided into two types of people: those who love to talk, and those who … hate to listen.”

The great philosopher Dear Abby said, “There are two kinds of people: those who walk into a room and say, ‘There you are’ and those who say, ‘Here I am!'”

Indira Gandhi, quoting her grandfather, said, “There are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to be in the first group; there was less competition there.”

Here’s one that wasn’t said by a famous individual: “There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who believe in the willingness of the Triune God to answer prayer, and there are those who wish they believed in a Lord who was caring and committed to His people.”

Me?

I’m in that first group. I hope you are too.

If you are unsure about the Lord’s commitment to you, I would say look at God’s Son, our Savior. His life was spent winning your salvation and His resurrection proves His work was successfully completed.

Yes, look at Jesus who often stopped what He was doing to answer the prayers of a cripple, a blind man, a leper, a possessed person. Look and see how often Jesus responded favorably to the needs of those who had been abandoned by the world.

Then, having looked at what Jesus did, listen to what the Lord has said:

* The Lord has told us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us (see 1 Peter 5:7).

* The Lord said we should call upon Him in the day of trouble and He would deliver us (see Psalm 50:15).

* Scripture assures us: “For everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

So, once again I ask in what group of people are you?

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks You are willing to incline Your ear to Your people who come to You in the Name of our Savior. It is in the Name of Jesus we offer up this thanks. Amen.

Pastor KlausIn Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

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