Matthew 14:23 (Prayer Power!)

03 Aug Matthew 14:23 (Prayer Power!)

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (archive, Facebook).

[Jesus] went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Matthew 14:23 (full readings)

Pat nuggets:
* Regarding today’s verse, take note that Jesus modeled the importance of finding some alone time for prayer. Why pray alone? This allows us to focus and listen to what is heavy on our hearts/minds…as we praise, ask, and thank God. With quiet time, we can better focus on receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and counsel…changing ourselves and situations (miracles). When? We should carve out a daily prayer routine…and take advantage of in between moments for prayer while driving/walking somewhere, waiting, etc. Praying together each day is also important (meals, end of the day, Mass, etc)…those who pray together, stay together. Prayer is fuel for our Spiritual engine…prayer power! If we are too busy to pray, we are too busy!
* Music inspiration: I Will Rise (at 3 min be ready), Jesus Saves (a good jam), Breathe (peaceful, calling out)
* Our LIFE Runners are training for the Sioux Falls Marathon (12 Sep)…raising miles, funds, and prayers…to protect the Unborn (& parents)! Updates at Marathons for ProLife FB page and Blogsite.

Faith Challenge: Let’s fill some in between moments with prayer today (driving/walking somewhere, waiting, etc).

Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. Peters family (JP, special intention), Rich Reich (Cousin Tom’s chemotherapy), Liz Curry (Darleen Deans stroke recovery), Lynn Bishara (Aunt Marilyn with leukemia)
* Let’s pray for our troops in harms way, the Fallen Heroes, and their families. We are also called by God to love even our enemies…let us pray for them.

Faith Quote: “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
In God We Trust,
Phil 4:13

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