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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for the First Church on the Net:

The Secret Closet

"As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right" (1 Samuel 12:23)

Many times today people talk about coming "out of the closet." Jesus, on the other hand, encouraged men to go into their secret closet and pray to a God who wants to listen (Matthew 6:6). In the Bible, there are two main types of sin: 1) The type that we tend to commit outwardly is usually the first category that comes to mind. But 2) many times we omit things from our lives that we know are right. These are often called "sins of omission" and that is what Samuel the prophet is talking about in this verse.

We get busy and one of the first things to go is our time alone with God. If you think Iím pointing fingers, Iím not. Iím speaking from personal experience, because initially I did not understand much about prayer's power.

While we all still have a lot to learn about prayer, I have encountered two men through reading about them, and they have challenged me to make prayer a lifestyle.  I hope they will challenge you as well. One was Hudson Taylor, a missionary to China, who founded the China Inland Mission. The other was George Muller, an amazing man who housed and fed thousands of orphans. Both men had their needs supplied directly by God through prayer and I might add that although a great deal of money was involved in what they did, no fundraising was involved.

While time doesnít permit me to go into their lives in detail, I would just like to say that this dependence upon God is something that most of us know little or nothing about. Through prayer, however, both of these men achieved the impossible. I would encourage you to read for yourself about these men.

We need to learn anew, as they did, that our first priority in life needs to be our relationship with God. For the good news is that God hasnít changed and He wants to do the seemingly impossible in your life and mine just like He has done for many others. No matter what you may be facing, let that obstacle draw you nearer to God, who wants the best for you. When you are tempted to give in to despair and put your prayer life on the shelf, think about how far God has brought you and the new doors He can open. Today make it a point to go often into your prayer closet and talk with Him.

Thank you for reading this, Pastor Timothy Burdick.

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

You can also telephone Pastor Timothy at 602-652-2179.  Leave a message and he will get back to you.

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