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All the Favorite Things

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks
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March 26, 2022 12:00 pm

All the Favorite Things

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks

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March 26, 2022 12:00 pm

James Banks and Robby Dilmore discuss praying to God over favorite things. They go over 1st Thess 5:16-18.

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This is Chris Hughes with the Christian perspective podcast with Chris use. We encourage our listeners to engage the culture with Jesus Christ your chosen Truth Network podcast is starting a just a few seconds. So enjoy it share but most of all, thank you for listening to The Truth Podcast Network. This is good Truth Network encouraging prayer, God offers an open invitation for his people to talk with him at any time about anything, and encouraging prayer Dr. James Banks, author of the best-selling and many other books on prayer provides weekly biblical insight help you learn to mom and now welcome to encouraging and James, are you sure you want me to know as we get started today. Robert okay, I'm not sure, but you know why that is exactly but here goes.

So raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens bright copper kettles and warm wooden mittens. I think those are woolen paper packages tied up with strings.

These are a few of my favorite things.

What will wearing leader cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles wild geese did fly with the moon on their wings these are a few of my favorite things. You could just get a good part where the dog bites and stings Robbie but the court yes yes please do get to the point.

We need to pray about our favorite thing and the little things in life just thank God for the little thing seriously. It is a good point because when we pray about things like that right. It can help us be more thankful yeah great way to spend time with God and help you think about the things that you're really thankful for one of the things I like about praying like this can help you think about the kindnesses God shows us every day you have one of those days, which seems like everything is going against you now have a day like that was yesterday. I got a ticket.

The Christian car got a parking ticket. How could this happen.

No need to pick up yesterday all excited, trying to start a new beehive and even though there was like a 20% chance of rain. You know what that means. It means that it will rain within 20 particular area. So guess where it was raining. Now I'm sitting there in 20% wrong for myself just getting frustrated and fussing at God about it and you know I myself going over the top and later I thought why my doing this and I apologized and asked for forgiveness and I really hope badly about it and I still do but it showed me something about my heart and that is how easily I can get troubled when my schedule gets messed up and this is where you know if you told me about the verse that says rejoice always, pray continually give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

I probably would've wanted to smack you but you would've been right. So I guess is the part where the bee stings really. I really do appreciate how this helps us think about really how God got how good it is in the small things and honestly it really can help me enjoy my life. You probably think right way about God because let's face it, we live in a broken world in sin and the devil twister lives and when we think about things like the warm spring sun falls on our faces were gentle breeze or raindrops on roses and whiskers these things that God has made an and graciously puts into our lives every day. What difference it can make for us so when we get the habit of praying like this when things don't go as they should write were still thinking of all the things we really do have to be thankful for. Yeah like you are saying you know when the dog bites in the bee stings. We can set up the heart because it's raining, that's exactly it is. The difference this makes for attitudes can be huge because if we keep learning how to do this and it changes our hearts. Over time, we need to ask God to help us do this just to savor the smallest thing, the colors that we see you live life more intentionally, with beautiful just thinking about this week I had a chance to go fishing. This is unbelievable and I thought you know how fond of. I just bring Jesus along with me, like where you think we had a cast. Jesus and he put me in the up this huge bath and then as we were, but I was bringing it in like I was just, you know I'm I was thinking how much more fun was this by having him be part of the experience than if I just on my own yeah yeah think about the differences could make for something like a cup of coffee and again these are little things and a person might say, well, that's trivial, but it's not trivial at all.

Not not when you get down to the major moments of life because you have the aggregate total of all of these things. You are blessed with every day and and don't we miss them.

I mean so often we miss them. It's like you know Thorton Wilder's play our account immortals ever realize life for their living it every every moment you have the character Emily she looks back on life. The more we do this, the more we see how truly blessed we are. For me the thing that just brings us so home was that for two years I was in a wheelchair and yeah when the guy got crushed behind the Jeep right after my chance.

Oh, when I was in that wheelchair. I appreciated like you would not believe how wonderful it was to be able to walk in the play with my kid like it's one of the play basketball with my son so badly and I wanted to go take part in all these things and then one when the Lord gave me my legs back like oh my goodness, you can really appreciate something you know when you hadn't had it and then you realize, wow.

Life is full of so many little things suggested taking a breath or opening your eyes and being able to see the colors their own huge and in the world worry if you don't have something like that absolutely absolutely just as we wrap up today. Let's pray about this but God will open our eyes to help us to see him in every way that he wants us to just how good he is Lord, please help us.

We need you so much and we we we so often get get our own agendas with life and me know you have a slit for you and live with you and praise you and thank you for all the good things that you forward to everyday life. So all Jesus hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website James Banks.large or by visiting these church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you to pray. This is the Truth Network


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