My friend, may I ask you a question? Are your prayers and petitions to God outdated, a bit sour or even spoiled? Is God interested in how convicted you are in prayer by the very smell of your requests?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Now that the kids have all left the nest many things have changed around here at Beech Springs. There are fewer cars parked in the driveway. In days past there were always several as well as cars from their many friends who routinely visited. There is no music in the house that either Holly or I haven’t turned on. Holly only needs to wash clothes once a week as opposed to three times a week. We no longer need to put leaves into the kitchen table; it works just fine for two without any leaves. Perhaps one of the biggest changes however is the food. These days our refrigerator seems a bit bare compared with just months ago. There’s shelf space, no need to jockey plates, Tupperware and bags around just to put something into the fridge. We buy less food, and few things any more in bulk. This has both an up side, however, and a down side. The disadvantage has to do with dairy products, in particular, milk. We used to buy milk by the gallon, but now the half gallon will do. My son Dan drank a lot of milk when he was at home, Holly and I really don’t drink that much milk. The problem is, even a half gallon sits a little bit too long in the fridge, past the out date, and commonly begins to spoil.
I like to push the envelope with many things and outdated milk is just one of them. Yesterday I had a bowl of cereal and pulled out the milk. I’m in the habit of checking the outdate on milk, and that morning was no different. Sure enough, the date had passed. Hmmm, outdated? Well, that’s what the carton said, but everyone know there’s a lot of fluff in those dates. I gave it a smell. It was borderline, but I decided to take the risk. I poured it over the cereal and dug in. The first spoonful was curious, the second was convincing. The milk had spoiled and my cereal was, well, polluted and inedible. Out into the garbage it went. Waste Management can deal with it now.
Milk spoils easily, but so does the human soul. I know we don’t often think of our souls as something that might have a freshness problem, but I believe they do. There are many things that can push your soul to a stale state. Take debt for instance. When we carry a grudge, we carry debt. When we fail to follow through on a promise, we carry debt. When we deny love, we carry debt. When we avoid responsibility, we care debt. These kind of debts add up and they spoil your soul. When you go to pray and bare your soul to God what does He smell? He smells an aroma that is unpleasing and your prayer is meaningless. Your soul has bad breath and needs to be refreshed. If you have unpaid debts like this, try taking care of them first before coming to God with your prayers. You will quickly find that a soul with an aroma of freshness is a soul that God loves to embrace.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the gift of prayer, addressing our praise, worship and petitions directly to your throne on high. Forgive us when we don’t take our time with you seriously by not being serious in how, when and where we address our prayer requests to you. May our prayers always be a sweet aroma before your throne. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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