Availability is the greatest asset that we can offer the Lord as we travel through this life. This picture is precious to me in so many ways, but this scene never occurs without being available. But we so often miss the call to be "ready in season and out" because we are unprepared. I believe prayer is the catalyst that allows us to be sincere, be real, be forgiven, and be made ready for every good work.
It is through prayer that God saves the sinner, it is through prayer that the saint finds relief and direction, it is through prayer that the Holy Spirit reveals the meaning and the application of Gods word we are apart from the flock.
So why do so many invitations and opportunities in the church leave the altar cold because the hand of the Christians never warm them, and why do they remain dry because the tears of the saints seeking a Holy God don't wet them? It can only mean that every one in the service has no problems or faults worthy of God's intervention, or that we can handle it on our own...
But if there is one that is seeking, is broken, is ashamed of how their life measures up to the expectations that we see in scripture than how can they possibly muster the courage to come in prayer when they never see the ones who claim to have a relationship with him, the ones who constantly give praise for answered prayers ever pray to him? our actions cause reactions...good or not so good.
May the Lord Bless and encourage you today. Pastor Kenny