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Prayer and Praise Always

posted Sep 16, 2010, 10:04 PM by Unknown user
Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.

Looking at the three major world religions, we can see the importance of daily prayer and praise to God.  These three faiths all believe that there is one God in Heaven and on earth who is omnipotent and omnipresent.

Orthodox Jews pray three times a day: "Hear O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul and all of your might." (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)  They keep the words of the Shema (the first section of the scripture - Torah - that a child learns) posted on their doors as a reminder of their devotion to God each time they enter and exit.

Muslims pray five times a day, beginning each prayer with "Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the compassionate, the merciful, King on the day of reckoning." (The opening of the Korean)  Five times a day they are reminded who they worship.

Christians do no have a specified time to pray or a specific prayer.  When we are in times of trouble or anguish, we may pray hundreds of times a day.  When things appear smooth, we may not pray at all.

I am encouraging each of you to develop a habit of daily prayer.  Send up your joys and concerns, anxieties and peacefulness, with thanks and praise: from the rising of the sun to it's setting.  We ought to praise and pray to God continually.

Pastor Katie