Friday Morning Prayer:)… December 15, 2016

December 15, 2016 - 6 minutes read

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
Lo, He shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;[1]

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”[2]

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Family in Jesus,

What about those times when I don’t feel God?  A brother expressed this past week how he was feeling anger, frustration, impatience, and letting it out in ways he soon regretted.  To some degree we all can understand, relate, and identify with those having flesh dominated moments.  Heck, just last night I had to work hard to keep the flesh in check.  My youngest needed help writing a research paper.  Of course, he waited until the last hour to get it completed.  However, the title “The relevance of the cross” kept my frustrations in check.  Despite my frustration I was very thankful and proud of Dylan for his initiative to write about Jesus without any hesitation at the public school.

There are many times when the emotional fire, the desire to pray, excitement in Jesus is not so evident.  Those days when every little thing in the routine of life brings frustration, maybe a critical response, or anger that feeds a negative attitude and even greater sinful behaviors.   O how I need to find God in my circumstances!  Our sovereign God is our constant refuge and strength!  I was reminded through the psalmist, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.”[3]

I may not necessarily “feel” God in that pleasurable expectant way, but I know from Scripture, He cares and reminds me to trust and cry out during those times of fleshly trouble and spiritual attack.  Beloved in Jesus, be encouraged as you fight the good fight of faith.  Paul reminds us that we have a shield of faith that effectively counteracts the danger of diabolical attacks.  Moreover, we put on the new self every day and discard the old self and its angry ways every time the flesh wants to resurrect!

My son made reference in his paper to the new life that is a result of the cross.  He highlighted the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, etc., and emphasized how a new life in Christ readily loves everyone.  Certainly a high calling from our holy God.  Yet, as the Scripture clearly teaches and Dylan simply stated, “Jesus lives in our hearts and enables us to love others.”  I can’t do it very well, nor would I readily care to without Jesus indwelling.  Praise God for His supernatural regenerating, and continually transforming power!

Finally, may our gracious God keep you, me, and all who call, even cry out with tears, to our Lord Jesus, and yes indeed keep us constantly praying in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.   I want to be more alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  You too!  Fearlessly, through the prayers of many, we make known the mystery of the gospel!  Yes!  Love, Peace, Joy!

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps;

Lo! star led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring,
Offer Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ Child bring our hearts’ oblations.

Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,
We would embrace Thee, with love and awe;
Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly?

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

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Sisters are meeting to pray!  First Baptist. 1912 Arnold Way.  0900

You are invited!  Join faithful sisters in a sweet hour of prayer and encouragement.

Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist.  Third Friday.  0730.

Join us!  Invite a brother in Jesus and approach the throne of grace with confidence.

Diverse fellas in Jesus united at the cross!

 

Your brother,

Randall:)…

[1] http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/c/ocomeayf.htm

[2] Ephesians 6:18

[3] Psalm 62:8