Friday Morning Prayer:)… May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017 - 4 minutes read
I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me;
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary.
 
Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.[1]
 
“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.  When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.”[2] 
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Family in Christ,
 
This life has its challenges to make us better in Jesus.   The psalmist helps me to understand my need to cry out to our gracious God in prayer, especially when feeling the weight of difficult circumstances.   Our God cares!  Circumstances my not change, but as I focus on God through our Lord Jesus, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, I change.  More specifically, I long for, and you do too, the comfort of God in the midst of trials and tribulations. 
 
“It’s this Spirit-empowered dynamic in the soul that allows us to be both “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10). We expect sorrow from the world and redemption from our Savior, who will work even our sorrows for ultimate good (Romans 8:28).”[3]
 
There is no god so great as our God! The God of Israel has performed miracles and displayed his power among the peoples.[4]  We rejoice in Christ crucified, our redemption! In fact, we cry out constantly for a sensitivity and willingness to follow his holy leading!
 
Be encouraged this “National Day of Prayer” as we set aside time to pray, not just today, but unceasing.  Like the psalmist, let’s “…remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”[5]
 
I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.
 
I was bruised, but Jesus healed me,
Faint was I from many a fall,
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.
 
Days of darkness still come o’er me,
Sorrow’s path I often tread,
But His presence still is with me;
By His guiding hand I’m led.
 
He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then He’ll bear me safely over,
Where the loved ones I shall meet.
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Band of Brothers!  Tonight!  Bethel Assembly.  1939 Arnold Way. Alpine. 6pm  dinner 7pm  worship/teaching.   You are invited!
 
Sisters are meeting to pray!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way. Alpine. 0900.
Join sisters in Jesus to encourage and pray together! Joy!  You be invited!
 
Brothers joining in prayer!  Grace Fellowship.  2225  West Victoria.  Alpine. 0730.
You are invited!  Brothers gathering to intentionally pray and encourage!  Bring your joy, burdens, many requests for prayer…  how we live!  
 
Your brother,
 
 
Randall:)

[1] http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/I_Will_Sing_the_Wondrous_Story/
[2] Psalm 77:1-2
[4] Psalm 77:13-14
[5] Ibid. v. 11-12