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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 8, 2011 - GPF

By Scott Harrup

I’m a sucker for acronyms as memory devices, and this is one I’m using these days for my personal devotions — G (gratitude) P (praise and petition) F (faith for the future).

It’s a knock-off of GPS, and reminds me to locate and prioritize a few central realities during my times of prayer.

With gratitude, I look to the past and meditate on all that God has done for me. I offer praise for who He is. I petition Him for current needs. I then look to the future in faith.

Of course, none of these ideas is original. Psalm 100:4 counsels the reader to “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (NIV). Scripture repeatedly encourages us to remember God’s faithfulness. “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies” (Psalm 36:5). As well, we are invited to bring our needs to Him (Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7) and trust Him totally with the future (Revelation 22:6).

As with practically any acronym, there are other established uses. A quick Web search turns up “general protection fault, a computer condition that causes a Windows application to crash,” “Georgia Practice Facility,” “Global Philanthropy Forum,” “Global Policy Forum” and “Global Peace Festival,” among many others.

But my chosen usage is adding some structure to my morning prayer time. And as unstructured as my thinking tends to be right after the alarm goes off, that’s a good thing.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

 

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