Friday Morning Prayer:)… December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017 - 6 minutes read
Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.[1]
“Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’”[2]
The succession of people our gracious God continues to call to himself is exciting.  I am always in awe of a life truly transformed by the power of God.  A brother shared with the church body this week that “we find our strength in working together through ‘genuine relationship’ with God and one another.”  In talking with another brother this week, I asked how long he’d been walking with Jesus.  He said “genuinely” about two years.  He’d gone through the motions for many years.  A seemingly religious life going to church, praying, giving, yet superficial and void of genuine Christ indwelling power.  By God’s abundant grace, a truly regenerate heart recognizes our sin-sick disposition and continues to plead in prayer.  ‘O gentle Savior, hear my humble cry… let me at Thy throne of mercy find a sweet relief….’  O God, grant me a humble repentant heart daily as I work out this great salvation with fear and trembling.
In Christ, we hold to the angel’s proclamation, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”[3]  Today is the day of salvation!  Let every heart prepare him room!  Yes!  Repeat the sounding joy!  “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”[4]  A genuinely transformed heart necessarily overflows! 
The gospel of grace and forgiveness is certainly offered to all people.  However, repentance and a humble heart reflect true regeneration.  I engage with brothers regularly.  It is a joy!  Although we battle daily to overcome sinful ways of being, in Christ, you and I are supernaturally different.  A new creation and pursuing righteousness.  Tough guys softened by Jesus!  Haughty fellas full of pride now humble before God and others.  The light of Jesus reflected!  The power of the Spirit! Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness constantly pursued in fellowship!  This kind of genuine relationships feeds the soul! 
Let’s rejoice as we experience the grace of God manifest through a repentant heart.  Our call is to compassionately pursue the lost with gospel truth.  We trust our sovereign God to stir the depraved heart and bring to light a genuine humble repentance.  Through the pursuit and process, we rejoice and pray unceasingly.  The joy of Jesus indwells your regenerate heart!  We pray and plead because of our total dependence on God.  We long for our loved ones, friends, young, old, all people in our sphere of influence to genuinely know Jesus.  And, as God does hear our constant prayers, we trust and rejoice with the heavenly hosts as one sinner truly repents.
Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.
Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
Whom in Heav’n but Thee.
Sisters are meeting to pray together!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way.  Alpine. 0900.
You are invited to join diverse gals from various local churches for an hour of sweet prayer.  A genuine time of fellowship and encouragement.  Also, a time of intentional pursuit of God through prayer.  So if your schedule allows, go enjoy. 
Brothers are meeting too!  Alpine Youth Center. 2153 Arnold Way.   Alpine. 0730
Join us for an hour together.  Brothers encouraging one another.  Diverse men who love Jesus and care because Jesus continues to mold and shape their lives.  We rely on the Spirit to lead our time together.  15 min of sharing and the rest of the hour devoted to prayer before the throne of mercy and grace.  If you can’t make it pray with us wherever God has you to the glory of God.