Friday Morning Prayer:)… May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 - 5 minutes read
All to Jesus I surrender; 
all to him I freely give; 
I will ever love and trust him, 
in his presence daily live. 

I surrender all, I surrender all, 
all to thee, my blessed Savior, 
I surrender all. 

All to Jesus I surrender; 
humbly at his feet I bow, 
worldly pleasures all forsaken; 
take me, Jesus, take me now.[1] 

“The end of all things is near.  Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”[2]
Beloved in Jesus,
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!”[3]  Yes!  My brother Bill came into work yesterday morning just overflowing about the mercy of God.   A day before, he asked me to pray for a fella named Greg and his family.  Greg recently reached a point of surrender, indeed, all to Jesus he surrendered!  Bill was overflowing because he saw the mercy of God manifest!  We pray, God helps, and we respond with a jubilant and thankful exultation through the Spirit’s power.  
In Christ we are given new birth into a living hope!  Through faith in Jesus, his sacrificial death at the cross, resurrection, and transforming power for all who will humbly believe.  The genuinely transformed are guarded “shielded” by God’s power until the coming of this great salvation.  In fact, this salvation is realized today through faith in Jesus and the supernatural power of God!  “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”[4] 
The transforming power of God in Greg’s life, yours too, and mine is exciting!  The focus is not human effort to stop abusing alcohol, neglecting one’s family, etc. It is the mercy of our gracious God!  Indeed, in the midst of our struggles, we cry out for help, God’s mercy!  A brother comes along side, the prayers of many strengthen in our weakness, the power of God calls to repentance and enables us to overcome our depraved nature and resist the sinful ways of the world.  Moreover, living faith results in love for Jesus!  “…even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”[5]
Brother/sister, I pray this supernatural truth is comforting to your soul.  This is the reality for the Christian.   You, and me, through God’s divine power, we are equipped to live godly in Jesus.  Peter tells us to make every effort to add to our faith: goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.  In fact, may your life and mine reflect an ever increasing measure of these fruitful qualities to God’s glory, hence reflecting the certainty of our calling in Jesus.  Prayerfully and joyfully growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ![6]   
All to Jesus I surrender; 
make me, Savior, wholly thine; 
fill me with thy love and power; 
truly know that thou art mine. 

All to Jesus I surrender; 
Lord, I give myself to thee; 
fill me with thy love and power; 
let thy blessing fall on me. 

All to Jesus I surrender; 
now I feel the sacred flame. 
O the joy of full salvation! 
Glory, glory, to his name! 

Sisters are meeting to pray together!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way.  Alpine. 0900.
Join faithful gals to encourage one another and pray with confidence before the throne of God.  You are invited to join sisters from various fellowships who unite at the cross!
Brothers are meeting too!  Alpine Youth Center. 2153 Arnold Way.  Alpine. 0730.
Faithful brothers humbly crying out to our God.  We enjoy fellowship and intentionally join in prayer as the Spirit leads.  You are invited!
Persevere in Jesus!

[2] 1 Peter 4:7
[3] 1 Peter 1:3a
[4] Ibid. 1:3b-6
[5] Ibid. v. 8-9
[6] 2 Peter 1:3-8;  3:18