SDB Week of Prayer – January 7, 2017
It’s Our Choice: Pray or Be Prey
By: Karen Umaña
Scripture: Ephesians 1:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Peter 1:15-16, Leviticus 20:7-8, Hebrews 12:14
We are saints. Just ask the men and women we’ve looked at over the past week. We are saints. That word holds a lot of meaning. We are held responsible for our core belief: that Jesus Christ died for our sins and gave us salvation and everlasting life.
Saints cannot be holy on their own. To be a saint or to be holy is a standing given by God and God only. A Christian that stands still is only going backwards. There is no middle ground. With God we are either going forward or backwards.
Saints remain active by reading Scripture, teaching, praying, and worshiping. In those ways, we must remain active.
When you love someone you are active in their life. God asks for the same. If we love Him, we must remain in constant prayer.
I have a small 12-pound dog whose name is April. Once, I told the students in my youth class, “April is important to me. And because she is so important to me and I love her, she is in every life decision that I make.” And all she is, is a 12-pound furry ball of love. If God is much more important to me, I will keep Him in every decision that I make. I will keep in constant communication with the maker of the heavens and the earth, whether I’m going through good times or bad times, just as David did.
Reflection: We are blessed to be chosen to worship a living God.
Prayer: Lord, give me strength to remain holy, and to represent You and my Christian family wherever I may go.
Pray for Seventh Day Baptists in South Africa, Uganda, USA & Canada, and Zambia.