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Seeking God and Fleeing from Hypocrisy

As a mere mortal, it is hard to deprive one’s self.  Man, generally hopes to gain, earn, achieve, posses, acquire or add at every step he takes. This extreme display of selfishness, exposes us to great amount of evil without us knowing.  These days, we find ourselves focusing on norms and traditions, than seeking righteousness and Holiness.  We ignore the true meaning of worship and focus on societal edification as though, they were the path to Salvation.

One day, a minister asked one of his elders to lead the congregation in prayer, the man shocked everyone. “I’m sorry, Pastor,” he said, “but I’ve been arguing with my wife all the way to church, and I’m in no condition to pray.” The next moment was awkward. The minister prayed. The service moved on. Later, the pastor vowed never to ask anyone to pray publicly without first asking privately.

That man demonstrated astonishing honesty in a place where hypocrisy would have been easier.  It would have been a lot easier, for the man to pray as though, all was well from his lips and have his heart far from God.  But there is a larger lesson about prayer here.  God is a loving Father.  If I as a husband do not respect and honor my wife—a cherished daughter of God—why would her heavenly Father hear my prayers?

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Think for a second; Is it possible not to be at peace with your neighbour and be at peace with God, when He clearly wants us to live in peace and love with one another?

Can you present yourself to your father, right after having a brawl with your brother and expect to ask him or tell him anything that he would reference?  Any good father, would first seek to extinguish the rancor, before attempting to offer his ears.

Our Relationships, affect our prayer life.  Apostle Peter made an interesting observation about this. He instructed husbands to treat their wives with respect and as equal heirs in Christ “so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7).   Also Matthew 5:22-24, tells us that the our relationship with one another, is more important than any gift we want to bring to the altar of God.   The underlying principle is that our relationships with God’s children affect our relationship with God.

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Can you imagine what would happen if we replaced the norms of Sunday smiles and the façade of religiosity with refreshing honesty with our brothers and sisters?  What might God do through us when we pray and learn to love each other as we love ourselves?

We should seek what is right and just at all times.  For, the more we seek what is right, the closer we get to God.  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” – Matthew 5:6

..Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Believe Me, woman,” Jesus replied, “a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4: 20-24

Kindly say this prayer

Lord, Help me learn to interact with love and respect in all my relationships so the world will see the difference You make. Teach me to pray and seek you more everyday.

God Bless you.

H.O

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