“The first thing I want you to do is pray.  Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.  Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation.  This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”  (1 Timothy 2:1-3, The Message)

As disciples of Jesus, we are we instructed to stay engaged as persons devoted to prayer — at all times and for all people.

Do not be discouraged because it seems that a prayer is too small to make any difference.  Do not be discouraged because it seems that a prayer is too private to be heard.  Great floods begin with raindrops; and the One who hears our prayer sustains the universe.

Pray first.  Pray often.  Pray for everyone.  – Luther

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“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.”  (2 Thessalonians 3:13, NIV)

Being on the side of the angels would be so much easier if others appreciated our good works, but good deeds often go either unrecognized, unrewarded or — worst of all — punished.

Paul reminds us to stoke the desire to do the right thing, the right way, at the right time, to all people (especially when we’re rewarded with a kick in the pants instead of a pat on the back).

Never forget that God sees everything.  He will reward you for the good you’re doing (even if others do not), so stay on the job!  – Luther

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“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”  (Isaiah 55:6, NIV)

God is omnipresent, yet, there are times when we feel closer to Him, and He seems more accessible than at other times.

When we are not pressed by circumstances, or stressed by the sense that things are out of control; it is in such mundane moments that we need to draw near to God.

Use the “boring” level stretches of time to cement your relationship to your heavenly Father.  Hunting for divine companionship while descending into the dark valley of trial, or while climbing the mountains of adversity are not the best conditions.  – Luther

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