12.24.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 39. Sacrifice.

DEVOTION: “Our temptation is to look eagerly for the minimum that will be accepted. We are in fact very like honest but reluctant taxpayers. We approve of an income tax in principle. We make our returns truthfully. But we dread a rise in the tax. We are very careful to pay no more than is necessary. And we hope—we very ardently hope—that after we have paid it there will still be enough left to live on.”(Pg 98)

To continue yesterday’s thought….

Another amazing analogy here. So deeply convicting. If you’re not feeling it….read it again and think about you’re own life.

Your own prayer life.

We are afraid that more than the minimum will be required.

Even as I write this my palms are sweating. I know there’s more. I know there’s more to be done and more to be sacrificed and surrendered. Yet….my hesitation continues.

Is this hitting you at all?

Let me know in the comments how these last two days have affected your thought process on prayer. On how you pray and what you pray for…

There’s more to it than just a few idle prayers thrown up to heaven..

God, today we pray for courage and faith. Today we pray for more.

There was a sacrifice made that demands our attention.

4 Comments

  1. Peggy F on December 24, 2020 at 7:33 am

    …………….You didn’t want heaven without us , so Jesus , You brought heaven down. Sin was great, Your love was greater, what could separate us now?…………..Am I the only one who wakes us with words to songs in your brain ?……… then what came next, was the thought , ” its Christmas Eve !……and felt for a few seconds that child like wonder, hey, it’s Christmas Eve !!!!! Having wrapped presents last night and left them under the tree may have been the catalyst for these thoughts first thing, but l….I love I felt that way…………….Jesus brought us the best gift………….Himself!! Sacrifice, such a big thought this morning, do we give the bare minimum? in prayer, or look for more ? C. S Lewis , was quite the ” thinker”, on so many levels. Connecting all the dots here, to apply it to prayer, is hard to fit for me. Prayer , is in the dialogue….the conversation……..intermitent, ………constantly changing, ……..the sacrifice part of giving more in prayer ?…. were on the human side…..will have to think more on this today……………………hey ! Its Christmas Eve !……..be blessed……..thank You, Jesus !!!!

  2. Peggy F on December 24, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Just hanging out in ” song” prayers this morning. Singing the words to ” Nothing Else”, ……………..isnt it just so wonderful, when every single word to a ” song” , are the words, in your heart? waiting to be expressed ?………………………so thankful, for the gift of songs, and the words that accompany them……..probably why I am so drawn to the psalms, to pray…….David , the psalmist………….so many thoughts this morning…………….so grateful for the devotions…………..so grateful for the ” songs” , my prayer today.

  3. Suzanne on December 24, 2020 at 9:26 am

    My first thought was ‘to whom much is given much is expected’. That is one of those wisdom quotes that has made it into the world, those good nuggets that people don’t know has roots in the Bible. I quote it often but, I’m not exactly sure how it is used. I will look it up.

    Ok…wow!

    The quote comes from Luke 12:48 but the parable begins here…

    You Must Be Ready
    35 “Stay dressed for action[f] and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants[g] whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[h] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
    41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant[i] whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

    C.S. Lewis says… We are in fact very like honest but reluctant taxpayers.

    Dave says…. We are afraid that more than the minimum will be required.

    Jesus is calling out those who know better… to do better. We don’t live a Godly life only when Jesus has come to visit. We know better, we have the ability to know better…through prayer, relationship, study, and practice….go deep.
    Yesterday, I commented that I want the steady source…Jesus the living waters…am I living as if I have it? Consistently?
    Yes…there was a sacrifice made…Jesus is warning his people to bow down to the sacrifice, to live as expected and accept its benefits.

  4. Carol B on December 25, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Give to caeser what is caesers. Give to God what is God’s.

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