Friday Morning Prayer:)… October 05, 2017

October 6, 2017 - 7 minutes read
Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.
When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall:
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.[1]
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Fellow Sojourner,
A tough week.  More than a few people trying to understand the tragedy in Las Vegas.   The loss of life, the pain, emotional and physical, uncertainty, the sincere question, why?  The investigation continues as to why the person who did this, did it.   Of course, his heart was desperately wicked and needed regeneration to rid the readiness to sin against others.  A heart of stone certainly has the propensity to plan and execute the murder of many.  Why did God let this happen?  The same question has been asked in response to many other calamities, tragedies, and just out-right evil events. 
What is the first response I have as a Christ follower?  To pray.  O God, with tears, merciful God, help us.  “I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”[2]
I don’t completely understand.  No answer is going to be completely satisfying.  However, as followers of Jesus, maturing disciples ready to give an answer for the hope that we share, we must have a response.  Many times it is a response of comfort and love for others.  I admit I don’t completely understand, but I do know, with great confidence that God grieves over such sinful acts.  We, especially through our God indwelling, grieve too. 
I pray you are experiencing the God of all comfort always, especially through the inevitable tragedies of this life.  Moreover, may your comfort from God overflow to the many desperately needing that supernatural touch from our gracious God.  So often, this life is overwhelming, burdens are heavy.  At times, the desire to pray gets quenched in light of all that is occurring.  It is hard to sense the presence of God.  Beloved, you are not alone! 
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth, I call to you.  I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”[3]   The call for me and you, persevere.  In his strength, we never give up!  I may not feel the presence of God, that undeniable sense of God in prayer, or that certainty he is leading my every step.  Nonetheless, in Christ, you are secure no matter what comes or how varied our feelings.  “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.[4]
For those sincerely questioning, may I and you too have an answer for our hope in Jesus.  May my life be clearly dependent on God, relying on him for comfort, for wisdom, and the best words to speak to a hurting neighbor.  Truly, today is the day of salvation.  Through tragedy, God shouts!  The ache in my heart is ongoing for the lost!  An everlasting tragedy for the lost soul.  May God use us to share the good news to ensure life everlasting for many, through our Lord Jesus.  O God, soften the hardened heart, prepare the way; humble we go with the precious words of eternal life.
When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.
Band of Brothers tonight!  Bethel Assembly.  1929 Arnold Way. 6pm dinner, 7 praise, worship, & teaching, as the Spirit leads.
You are invited to join men from Bethel and other brothers from the surrounding areas. 
 Women’s Friday Prayer.  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way.  0900.  Alpine.
You are invited!  Join faithful gals who love one another and will love you too!
A time of approaching the Throne of grace with confidence! Unceasing prayer manifest as the Holy Spirit leads.   Do not hesitate to drop in and share the love of mutual faith in Jesus!
Brothers are meeting too!  Come join us!  Alpine Youth Center.  2153 Arnold Way. 0730. Alpine.
The power of brothers getting together to intentionally pray!  Life is full of distractions and overwhelming at times!  Therefore, we need times of prayer before the Throne.  Individually and as a group, we seek our gracious God!  We have the confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and full assurance of faith.[5]  It would be a blessing to see YOU!  A great way to start your Friday morning.  If you can’t make it, please pray with us wherever the Lord has you.
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”[6]

[2] Psalm 121:1-2
[3] Psalm 61:1-2
[4] 1 John 5:11-12
[5] Hebrews 10:19, 22
[6] Psalm 115:1