Friday Morning Prayer:)… April 28, 2022

April 29, 2022 - 6 minutes read

Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Let me at Thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.

Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace.[1]

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.  Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.”[2]

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O the pursuit of joy!  Supernatural joy is the joy of the Lord.  Jesus said, “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love… I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  The psalmist, like the hymn, “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.”  A few verses later, “You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.”[3]  There is a simultaneous suffering/pain and deeper inner joy of the Lord for those who take refuge in Jesus.

‘Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry, While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.’  The humble heart that cries out to God is heard, yet the crying pursuit reflects reality.  Savior, Savior… do not pass me by is the desperate and dependent plea.  “Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony.  My soul is in anguish.  How long, O LORD, how long?”[4]  Then, the psalmist proclaims, “The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.”[5]   

I know you suffer, you cry, and your heart is heavy, heartache prevails many times through this life.  I do too.   Joy is not evident, yet the inner, deeper joy of the Lord is our strength.  Jesus told his disciples, “…You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.”   There is both a simultaneous and a sequential joy.  My thought, an inner constant joy in Christ, and the evident joy when circumstances change and merciful relief experienced, all at the hand of our sovereign God.  “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.  He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”[6]    

Beloved, my prayer is that you know and experience sweet relief at the throne of mercy with simultaneous inner joy through your suffering, trials, and emotional pain.  Paul, “…we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”[7] 

Thou the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee,
Whom in Heav’n but Thee. 

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Friday Morning Prayer:)…  First Baptist Church  1912 Arnold Way, Alpine

Sisters are meeting at 0900. 

Joy, indeed!  Join if your schedule allows.  Truly, to be encouraged by one another’s living, overflowing faith!  Thank you, sisters! 

Brothers are meeting at 0730!

A definite joy!  When men of God gather with humble hearts before the throne of grace, powerful!   Join us as we encourage and pray together.  Diverse brothers representing the body of Christ.  Thankful to God… “because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing[!].”[8]

Brothers! Mark your calendars,  Men’s breakfast Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ Mt. View Bible  2710 Alpine Blvd.  0800.  Men/brothers from different local church fellowships gathering together!  Make it happen.  :)…


[1] https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Pass_Me_Not_O_Gentle_Savior/

[2] Psalm 5:1-2

[3] Psalm 4:1

[4] Psalm 6:2-3

[5] Psalm 6:9

[6] Psalm 126:5-6

[7] Romans 5:3-5

[8] 2 Thessalonians 1:3