Friday Morning Prayer:)… February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018 - 6 minutes read
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.[1]
“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”[2]
Longing for, desiring, needing our most high and holy God.  An ever-increasing recognition mixed with the subjective emotion stirring the regenerate heart to pursue God.  “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”[3]  With tears I struggle.  My life, my flesh, my sinful nature.  Through the war within we journey.  I was darkness, now I am light in Christ.  However, darkness continues to reside, but the light overcomes it.  How long does it take to overcome it?  That sinful attitude, tired and fed-up with the hateful, selfish, wicked behaviors that reflect an unregenerate depraved heart!  Yes indeed! I too am among those I perceive as full of darkness.  O God forgive my recurring darkness.  I need Thy presence every passing hour.  My struggle, and maybe yours too, reflects a regenerate heart in Christ.  I do recognize I easily become like those I am called to love and serve.  However, I also experience that subjective conviction, a supernatural stirring reminding me of God’s mercy.
When I do not pray and pursue God as I need to, my flesh wants to control and handle the process.  The outcome is generally not good.  What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?  Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?  We rely on God’s power.  I confess I am quickly relying on my own strength.  How long?  O Lord, may I and all who profess your grace constantly cry out.  I truly need you God, your power, love, and mercy to be manifest in every sphere of influence given to me.  The more accustom we are to asking and relying on God’s leading the more evident it will be when the flesh is trying to control. 
Those genuinely In Christ do not enjoy the flesh trying to lead the way.  The impatience, selfishness, pride, irritability, fed-up feelings, caused me to run to God.  The apostle Paul, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”[4]  The mercy of God reminded me of his abiding love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  The empowering of God, the leading of the Spirit is but a prayer away.  My circumstances may not change, and others are not going to change drastically or supernaturally without the mercy of God.  However, I can redirect my attitude and responses with the strength of my abiding God.  Beloved, you, in Christ, can too.  “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”[5]
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
Sisters are meeting to pray together.  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way.  Alpine. 0900
You are welcome!  Those relying on the power of God to live-out our Christ-life faithfully meet week after week to help others through prayer.  Diverse gals from various fellowships.  If you know of gals needing a Friday Morning prayer group, a truly sweet hour of prayer, pass on the invite. 
Brothers are meeting too!  Mountain View Bible.  2710 Alpine Blvd.  Alpine.  0730.
Join us for encouragement and prayer.  Brothers in Christ meeting to enjoy our God in the midst of fellowship and intentional prayer.  As the Spirit leads us.  We appreciate your help through prayer.  A joy to meet with diverse men who love Jesus!   Join us if your schedule allows.

[2] John 15:5
[3] Psalm 9:10
[4] Galatians 5:16
[5] Ibid. v. 25