Friday Morning Prayer:)… November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017 - 6 minutes read
I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.
Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer,
With His blood He purchased me;
On the cross He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free.
I will tell the wondrous story,
How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.
I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant pow’r I’ll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin, and death, and hell.[1]
“They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”[2]
Who is this?  We read that Jesus calmed the wind and the waves.  The disciples were in fear-filled awe!  The implication is that they did recognize Jesus as Mighty God!  Their understanding increased, they experienced him and his awesome power!  He is the strong Son of God!  He has complete sovereignty over all things, including the inherent storms of our lives.   I need to pursue God, humbly, yet confidently before the throne of grace in prayer.  Beloved, our gracious God does care about our struggles, those recurring sins, depressed mood, frustrations, and worries overwhelming. 
Yes, God does already know and understands the intricacies of your life and my life too.   Why pray?  God calls us to pray.  I need to pray!  Prayer certainly demonstrates faith; I long to understand better the God of all comfort; I want to experience the power of God and cry out in prayer for help to overcome anything and everything that hinders knowing God better.  
The question was asked, “Do I desire God’s presence?”  I pray that desire would increase!  Intimacy with God “as though” face to face!  God is Creator, we are created in his image.  Our God is all-sufficient, transcendent, omniscient, and omnipresent; he is Almighty, Righteous, and Merciful!  He does not “need” me or you.  However, God is love, full of compassion, grace, and mercy; he is faithful and calls each of us to fellowship supernatural!  In fact, we were and are created for fellowship with God![3] 

Brother/sister, my prayer is that you have realized and are continually longing for deeper and deeper intimacy with God the Father, through the Son, and in the power of the Holy Spirit!  

The reality of God’s forever presence, especially as we cry out for him!  I want to know better “that sense” of God; through the promised indwelling Spirit, knowing and experiencing absolute certainty of his comfort, joy, and excitement of living out this Christ life.  “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord is faithful.”[4] 
As we remember the Reformation and the many who lived and died to ensure the gospel was proclaimed, we are thankful!  The question:  What is your purpose?  A fella seeking answers yesterday asked a similar question, “What am I going to do with my life?”  Well, the primary purpose of mankind according to the Westminster Shorter Catechism[5] is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.  Yes indeed!  To glorify God through our lives and enjoy him forever in intimate fellowship all the time!  A constant pursuit!
Hear me calling, Great Redeemer![6]
I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His heav’nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
Son of God with Him to be.
Sisters are meeting to pray together!  First Baptist. 1912 Arnold Way. Alpine. 0900
Diverse gals from different fellowships gathering to encourage one another and cry out before the throne of grace with confidence.  You are invited.  If you have an hour this Friday morning, join faithful sisters to pray.  As the Holy Spirit leads, O God, give me the grace to follow. 
Brothers are meeting too!  Alpine Youth Center.  2153 Arnold Way. Alpine. 0730.
A time of encouragement and intentional prayer as brothers in Christ gather for an hour.  No agenda, no requirements, just a humble time of gathering to ask, seek, and knock.  We encourage and fellowship for a little bit, then we pray and allow God to lead our time together.  To God be the glory as we listen and pray, even compelled by the Spirit to sing of my Redeemer!