By The Librarian
A little shepherd boy was watching his sheep one Sunday morning. As he heard the bells ringing the faithful to church, he watched the people walking along the lane next to the pasture. He began to think that he, too, would like to communicate with God. "But what can I say?" he thought. He had never learned a prayer.
So on bended knee, he began to recite the alphabet - A, B, C, D, and so on to Z, repeating his "prayer" several times.
A man passing by heard the boy's voice, and stopping to look through the bushes, saw the child kneeling with folded hands and closed eyes, saying, "J, K, L, M, ..."
He interrupted the boy, asking, "What are you doing, my little friend?" The boy replied, "I was praying, sir."
Surprised, the man said, "But why are you reciting the alphabet?"
The child explained, "I don't know any prayers, sir. But I want God to take care of me and help me to care for the sheep. So, I thought if I said all I knew, He could put the letters together and spell all that I want to say and should say."
The man smiled and said, "Bless your heart. You're right - God will!"
Remember that Jesus told us to have faith like a child. When you go to God in prayer, don't worry if you don't know what to say. He can put your thoughts and feelings together and send you the answer you need, even when you don't know what you need.
By Bible Speaks
Are We Living in “the Last Days”?
Jehovah knows what the future holds. (Isaiah 46:10)
Soon after he received Kingdom power, Jesus took action. “War broke out in heaven,” says the Bible. “Michael [another name for Jesus] and his angels battled with the dragon [Satan the Devil], and the dragon and its angels battled.” Satan and his wicked angels, the demons, lost that war and were cast out of heaven to the earth.
God’s faithful spirit sons rejoiced that Satan and his demons were gone. Humans, however, would experience no such joy. Instead, the Bible foretold: “Woe for the earth . . . because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”—Revelation 12:7, 9, 12.
Please notice what would result from the war in heaven. In his fury, Satan would bring woe, or trouble, upon those on earth. As you will see, we are now living in that time of woe. But it will be relatively brief—only “a short period of time.”
Even Satan realizes that. The Bible refers to this period as “the last days.” (2 Timothy 3:1) How glad we can be that God will soon do away with the Devil’s influence over the earth! Let us consider some of the things foretold in the Bible that are happening right now. These prove that we are living in the last days and that God’s Kingdom will soon bring everlasting blessings to those who love Jehovah. First, let us examine four features of the sign that Jesus said would mark the time in which we live.
•“Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matthew 24:7)
•“There will be food shortages.” (Matthew 24:7)
•There will be great earthquakes.” (Luke 21:11)
•“There will be . . . pestilences.” (Luke 21:11)
(Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5.)
Paul said that people would be
lovers of themselves lovers of money disobedient to parents disloyal having no natural affection without self-control fierce lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power • “This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth,” said Jesus Christ in his prophecy about “the conclusion of the system of things.” (Read Matthew 24:3, 14.)
• The last days are marked by wars, food shortages, earthquakes, and pestilences.—Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:11.
• In the last days, many love themselves, money, and pleasures but do not love God.—2 Timothy 3:1-5.
• During these last days, the good news of the Kingdom is being preached worldwide.—Matthew 24:14.
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By Bible Speaks
"Pray constantly. Give thanks for everything. This is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.—1 Thess. 5:17,18.
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"Oren incesantemente. Con relación a todo, den gracias. Porque esta es la voluntad de Dios en unión con Cristo Jesús en cuanto a ustedes." (1 Tes. 5:17, 18).
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By Bible Speaks
"Keep on the watch and pray." — Matt. 26:41
You might wonder: ‘Is it really possible to imitate Jesus’ example of watchfulness? After all, Jesus was perfect!
What is more, Jesus was at times able to see clearly into the future—even thousands of years beyond his own day! Did he really need to be watchful?’ (Matt. 24:37-39; Heb. 4:15)
In fact, he did. For instance, on the final night of his earthly life, Jesus urged his faithful apostles: “Keep on the watch with me.” He added: “Keep on the watch and pray continually, that you may not enter into temptation.” (Matt. 26:38, 41)
Though he had manifested watchfulness all along, in those dire hours Jesus especially wanted to be watchful and as close to his heavenly Father as possible. He knew that his followers needed the same alertness—not just then but in the future.
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