Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014 “The Master Instructor”

“Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light.” (James 1: 17-18)

Good Morning prayer Friends!

Do you know the name “Scrat”?  He is a character from a series of movies entitled “Ice Age”. Scrat is a prehistoric squirrel  who absolutely loves acorns. To him, they are the most precious and coveted gift in the world. Amusingly, throughout the films, he is constantly thwarted in his efforts to obtain that which he most desires, but if nothing else, he is relentless in his pursuit of the prize. I admire and amused at his determined, albeit futile efforts. We can all take a lesson from this little guy in our spiritual quest for perfection, knowing that the “prize’ we seek is infinitely more valuable than an acorn, or even an oak tree. What we are to seek and relentlessly pursue is a lifelong relationship with God. That involves communication, and that means learning the art of prayer. Have you ever considered prayer to be an art form? Learning to pray effectively demands effort and it also involves a master instructor.Thankfully, the Lord has provided such a “master instructor” for us as we learn the artistry of effective prayer…the Holy Spirit. In fact, He is our art supplier as well as our instructor. Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon declared,

“Prayer itself is an art which only the Holy Ghost can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer. Pray for prayer- pray till you can pray.”

When I was a child, my first “artistic” endeavors were little more than scribblings on a paper, usually done in crayons supplied to be by my parents or my elementary school teacher.Truth be told, I was never very good at art, and still am not, but at least what I now draw is recognizable to some. I remember how good it made me feel when those “artistic endeavors” would hang proudly on our refrigerator door, unrecognizable as they may have been to the casual observer, but celebrated by my loving parents. The fact is, it took time to learn to draw, to color in the lines, to become imaginative, and it took a wise instructor to show me how to do it more effectively. Spurgeon suggests that we “pray for prayer-pray till you can pray.” I take this to mean that we keep at it. In time, we become more and more effective at it. After all, we have the finest instructor in the world…the Holy Spirit, so…Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father…you take our feeble efforts in prayer and see the beauty in each one. You bring our dull, elementary efforts into vibrant works of art. Encourage us, instruct us, and bring us to the Throne of Grace in joy and praise, we pray, in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen

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