The CornerstoneNew Every Morning | January 13, 2022
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus juxtaposes his exterior life—his ministry and service to others, his relationships with his disciples—and his interior one. This explains why Paul, in writing some of the first letters to Jesus’ followers, asks them to pray without ceasing (see Thessalonians 5:17) and to be in prayer about everything (see Philippians 4:6). Prayer—or talking with God silently or aloud—about a topic (thanksgiving, praise, confession, supplication, and intercession) is crucial to our understanding of the historical Jesus, Jesus as the Messiah, the Trinity, and the subsequent development of the early church. Prayer provides the cornerstone of the Christian faith.
—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Spirit of God, comfort and renew us with each breath we take. Amen.
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I have been in the hospital. My kidneys were failing due to severe dehydration. While being treated I retained the fluids they were administering via IV. I am swollen and sore. My kidneys are still recovering but the numbers were improving so I was discharged last night. I need to catch up.
Oh Julie, praying for your kidneys to continue to heal and for restoration of your health. Sending much love
Take good care, gad to read you are improving. One step at a time, recovery gets all the attention.
To me, prayer is a conversation with God. Meditation is reflection on God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and scripture. Thankful for a good visit to the dentist, worship planning progress, preparations for the condo association annual meeting, and a quiet day. Peace and consolation to Julie, you have , as they say, a lot on your plate. God will bring you through this tough time. Hope there is progress on Larry’s condo sale, safety at Jill’s school, continued improvement for Roger and Jeremy. Improved health, well-being, and peace to Ally&David. Thank You, Lord.