Friday Morning Prayer:)… April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019 - 8 minutes read

Savior, like a shepherd, lead us, 
much we need thy tender care; 
in thy pleasant pastures feed us, 
for our use thy folds prepare. 
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 
Thou hast bought us, thine we are. 
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 
Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

We are thine, thou dost befriend us, 
be the guardian of our way; 
keep thy flock, from sin defend us, 
seek us when we go astray. 
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 
Hear, O hear us when we pray. 
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 
Hear, O hear us when we pray.[1]

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”[2]

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There is no time given when the regenerate heart fails to need the leading of our Savior.  As we grow in grace, we battle the forces wanting to darken the light of Christ indwelling, and the reality of these jars of clay becomes increasingly evident.  Nonetheless, out of his glorious riches, we are strengthened!  God our Father, Jesus our Savior, friend, brother, and the Holy Spirit our Counselor, Helper who empowers, teaches, illuminates, guides… the fullness of our triune God is our strength every day.  We are indeed Thine, Thou hast bought us.  God loves you and me through every high and low experience inherent in this life.  

“Praise ye the Spirit!  Comforter of Israel, Sent of the Father and the Son to bless us; Praise ye the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Praise ye the Triune God.”[3]

The Apostle Paul prayed, “…that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”[4]   It is exciting and empowering to live and work-out this truth.  It is a battle many times over; a battle to strengthen us, to build our character and cause us to completely depend on our gracious God and trust his sovereign plan for our lives.  We cry out to God in prayer, struggling in prayer and working to make our lives a living prayer.  We sing, precious Lord take my hand, and remind me, dear Lord, confidently knowing who holds tomorrow.  There is coming a day, a glorious day! 

Beloved, we need each other, to remind one another of what we share in Christ.  “God is not far off.  In the Holy Spirit, The Triune God comes close, so close as to actually enter into each believer.  He is even more intimate with us now than in the incarnation.  Through the operation of the Spirit, he has truly become Immanuel, ‘God with us.’  God indwells and empowers us to reflect Jesus, communicate the inspired Word of God, manifest the fruit of the Spirit in every context, and be led by the Spirit in humble faith.  Moreover, we pray unceasing, striving through up and down feelings.  Even when we do not feel like it, the call is to pray and trust the Spirit to help us when we know not what or how to pray.  You know prayer is hard work—often in agony, sometimes we must wrestle and put forth much effort to fervently pray. 

Jude encourages us who have the Spirit, “But you dear friends build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”[5]  Paul urges fellow believers, “I urge you brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.”[6]   Therefore, we ask one another to pray and help us through our struggles.

Please pray for me in my struggle.  I recently fell and suffered a significant blow to my head.  It has been twenty days.  I am healing by God’s grace.  My timing is off, not at my best, and I need your help through prayer.  I pray for all who read my weekly writing and sincerely pray God encourages you through the power of the Spirit.  For those living near or in Alpine, it is always good to see you!  Join us at Friday Morning Prayer, as your schedule allows. 

Thou hast promised to receive us, 
poor and sinful though we be; 
thou hast mercy to relieve us, 
grace to cleanse and power to free. 
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 
We will early turn to thee. 
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 
We will early turn to thee.

Early let us seek thy favor, 
early let us do thy will; 
blessed Lord and only Savior, 
with thy love our bosoms fill. 
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 
Thou hast loved us, love us still. 
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! 
Thou hast loved us, love us still.

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Sisters are meeting to pray.  First Baptist. 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900

As the Spirit leads, go and join faithful gals in a sweet hour of prayer.  These are diverse gals representing various gospel-centered churches who gather by God’s abundant grace to love and encourage as they ask, seek, and knock together.  Welcome!

Brothers are meeting too!  Mountain View Bible, 2710 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine.  0730

You are invited!  Come join brothers as we encourage one another and carry burdens, rejoice in victories, and enjoy our God together in earnest prayer, always as the Spirit leads our time together.


[1] https://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh381.sht

[2] Ephesians 3:16-17a

[3] Christian Theology. (1985)  Erickson, M.J.   Baker Book House.

[4] Ephesians 3:17b-19

[5] Jude 20-21

[6] Romans 15:30