|“Whether single or married, widowed or divorced — be content wherever God has you. And whatever your position, make Jesus your Passion.” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; more to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:7, 10
Law differs from request in that the former has consequences frequently lacking in the latter. The force of law is accountability; if there is no consequence to breaking the law, then the law is superfluous. For example, say that I am sitting at the breakfast table having a cup of coffee, and when my wife gets up I ask her if she would pour me another cup of coffee. She looks at me and says, “Is that a law or a request?” I can respond in two ways: I can say, “Yes, it is a law. I am head of the home; bring me the cup of coffee.” Or more wisely I can say, “Of course you do not have to,” and get the cup of coffee myself.
In either case, her asking the question alerts me to the fact that something is terribly wrong in our relationship. When you love another the difference between law and request should be moot. You need to know what a person wants in order to give it to him, and you should view the commandments of God from this perspective.
For this reason the distinction between law and request should be blurred in the mind of the dedicated follower of Christ. You sense this attitude in the Psalms of David. Because He had a heart to please God, he did not feel as though he rested under the weight of God’s decrees. Rather he saw God’s Law as an opportunity to know what delights the Lover of his soul. David wanted to keep the Law, simply because He loved God and wanted to please Him.
Ezekiel 27-29 1 Peter 3 (New King James Version)
1 Peter 3
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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