Saturday, December 3, 2011

Daily Doses

On Thanksgiving evening, we rushed Beloved Husband to the hospital as he was having difficulty breathing.  We knew all about his medical history, but we had to explain it all to the emergency room staff.  With the shortness of breath he was displaying, they would expect someone with a heart attack – not his problem. I must say, they caught on quickly and provided the right medical response.

One of the things we mentioned was BH had some difficulty swallowing.  That information did cause problems.

He was not given his medication, in order to keep him from choking.

The Mestonin, taken for Myasthenia Gravis, was prescribed for every three waking hours, and it is used by the body to clear nerve passages, allowing them to send messages to the muscles. Without the medication, those passages fill with the wrong antibodies, stifling the the desired response – which for him included messages to his diaphragm to “BREATH!!!”

He was without his medication for Friday and Saturday, until staff understood that his swallowing problem was not as great as his need for medication. 

We do the same thing to our hearts and souls when we do not stay in touch with God. 

Without reading His word, without reaching Him in prayer, we allow our faith to wither and die. Just as the Mestonin opens the neural pathways, reading the Bible regularly opens our hearts to His personal messages for us and prayer is our response to His word.

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: (Colossians 4:2-3 KJV)

Matthew Henry’s commentary puts it:  “Keep up your constant times of prayer, without being diverted from it by other business; keep your hearts close to the duty”.

Just as the muscles cease to respond without nerve messages, our hearts cease to respond without prayer. His word as a daily feeding will prompt those prayers, too, and bring His praises to our mind, heart and lips as we acknowledge His work in our world and our lives.

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 KJV)

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