SDB Week of Prayer – January 1, 2017

Written by Jeremiah Owen

January 1, 2016

It’s Our Choice: Pray or Be Prey

By: Karen Umaña

Scripture: 1 John 5:5, Galatians 3:22, James 1:6, John 11:40, Psalm 119:30

Abraham, Moses, Samuel, and David. When I ponder the stories of these great men, two things come to mind: their constant communication with God, and their refusal to be the enemy’s prey.

We are part of Abraham’s spiritual lineage that connects us through the blood of Jesus Christ. Abraham’s faith is unsurpassed, and as the “Father of Faith” he taught us that prayer builds faith.

When I was a little girl, my father was like a “superman.” I had a certainty that when he was around I was safe and worry-free. As I grew up, that dynamic changed. He was no longer superman, but some old man that didn’t let me do anything or have any fun. In my teens he was boring, had no idea what he was talking about, and I thought I knew more than he did.

As I grew older, I started realizing that my father’s warnings came from experience, failures and love. Now that I am in my 30s, I secretly pay a en on to his advice and ponder on his words. He is no super- man; be er than that, he is a man of God doing his best.

Abraham was just that—a man of God doing his best, and to God be the glory. That is all He asks us to be. We are all given different attributes that we must use in our Chris an walk, so that those around us and those who will somehow hear about us and our story will be helped in their spiritual walk.

Abraham is known as the “Father of Faith.” What imprint do you want to leave in the story of your Chris an life for the believers that will one day hear of you?

Reflection: Am I a positive building block for others? Or am I part of the reason why others fall prey to the enemy?

Lord, when my faith is lacking, please remind me of the tribulation that those before me have overcome, and help me pray without ceasing in my joy and sadness.

Pray for Seventh Day Baptists in Australia, Brazil, and Burundi.

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