MATTHEW 25:40

And the King will reply to them, Truly, I tell you, in as far as you did it to one of the least (in estimation of men) of these My brethren, you did it to Me. AMP.

The Lord loves a cheerful giver and is always putting needs in front of us so He can bless us as we bless others. In this scripture He is talking about the hungry, the sick , the prisoners, and those without. It may be that you do not have the means or opportunity to go to a prison to visit. But we all have the ability to pray for them.

When I first started praying, there would be situations I will never forget. If my Mother was sick or going in the Hospital, He would bring a similar situation in someone else for me to pray for. I always felt He was watching out for me and those I prayed for. If I would have ignored these situations then my prayers probably would not have been answered as they were.

In Matt. 25:14-30 is a parable of a man who entrusted his servants with his property according to their ability. If they traded with them, they received more and had money to give to their boss. When he returned, he settled accounts with them. One said he was afraid and buried his money. So the boss took away what he had been given and gave it to one who had done well and made more.

This is a lesson for us. We have all been given gifts. If we use them the right way, we will receive more. You reap what you sow. If you are hard working, you receive a paycheck for what you have earned. If you are lazy and expect hand outs from relatives instead of using you own resources, eventually you will lose even what you have.

This is a very spiritual lesson. We all have been given spiritual gifts, mainly prayer and worship. If we use them the right way and are diligent we will reap more and will hear those wonderful words we all hope to hear “Well done Good and Faithful Servant! You have been faithful over a little, I will put you in charge of much.”

I believe this is where the extra oil comes from in verse 3. The foolish virgins did not have any extra oil and their lamps went out waiting for the Bridegroom to return.

When we use the gifts we have been given to care for the least of these, His brethren we will reap richly and will have abundance here and a “Well Done Good and Faithful Servant” in Heaven!

SUBJECT — PRAYER — C.H. SPURGEON

True prayer may be described as the soul rising from the earth to heaven; it is taking a journey up Jacob’s ladder, leaving our cares and fears at the foot, and meeting with our Lord at the top

SONG — HELP ME TO LOVE — SONGS OF THE VINEYARD

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