Friday Morning Prayer:)… August 11, 2022

August 12, 2022 - 7 minutes read

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.[1]

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


The daily necessity to surrender all to Jesus in prayer.  I can’t carry the burdens of this life alone.  You know the struggles, trials, and heartaches inherent in this life.  Jesus knows too.  Do I with great earnestness go to Jesus and receive his rest?  On Saturday morning, brother Tom spoke about our role as the church. “Ministering to God” was his first point.  “Come to me….”  We find rest because of a regenerate heart, those born again, having experienced the new birth in Christ.   I pray, asking the Spirit of God to prompt you and me to keep running to Jesus.

Ministering to God is about an intimate relationship with God through Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  God indwells, and I am called to love him with my whole being, which stems from his indwelling presence working in and through me.  This is supernatural truth for you and every person who truly believes.  I know this truth and must make precious time to bring praise, devotion, and attentiveness, exerting great effort and relying on his power.  It is a daily surrendering of all those contrary things, ideas, resentments, anger, complacency, doubt, etc., that burden quenching the Spirit and hinder that necessary time in heart-felt fellowship with our holy God.  Beloved, be encouraged to minister to God and enjoy him as our gracious God enjoys you in a meaningful, life-changing relationship. Indeed, “In His presence daily live.”

Saturday night’s “Refuge” service was a time of worship in Spirit and truth.  A time of feasting on spiritual food from the Word of God.  Pastor Robert spoke about the yoke of Christ.  “Christ fitted on us….”  His love and our submission to his rightful place on the throne of our hearts.  Robert asked, “do we give all to Jesus?”  Humble we go, valuing others more than ourselves.  

Sunday morning Stephen, faithful brother serving as a missionary in Erbil, Iraq.  Jesus walks among his churches. “I know your deeds, your hard work, and your perseverance.  I know you can’t tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not and have found them false.  You have persevered, endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.”[2]  Jesus knows you and me, “…all our doings, thinking, struggles, and victories.”  There is value and great importance in hard work and perseverance in truth as a Christian.  It is good that we test what is taught and stand up against false teaching.  “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” Stephen asked, “Is the intense love still present?”  Has your marriage to the Lamb become cold?  No!  Develop! Develop! “Make me, Savior, wholly Thine.”  Brother/sister, sustain, thrive in the most intimate relationship with God!  “Pray as though, because it does, your life depends on it.”   I need to, “Remember the height from which [ I ] have fallen!  Repent and do the things you did at first.”[3]  The “do” is about the depth of supernatural love for God, my time, intense energy, intense prayer, and listening ears that long to hear what the Spirit says.   

Sunday night at First Baptist was about supernatural love manifesting in “passing on the mantle (gospel truth).  Pastor Robert encouraged the body to make disciples and reach the youth in our midst as he preached through 1 Kings 19 and the call of Elisha.  “How does the church become extinct?”  “By not doing what God is calling us to do!”  May our living faith grow and develop to the heights and depths God calls us to in a personal, thriving, character-changing first love relationship with him.  From this secure base, filled and empowered by God’s presence, we will be more than conquers and overcomers to do the tasks determined and assigned by our sovereign God before the beginning of time.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame;
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!


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

Sisters meet at 0900.  (Please check with MaryAnn)

Brothers meet at 0730.  

Join if your schedule allows.   It is always a joy to see you!

Saturday Night Church  “Refuge”  1912 Arnold Way    630 pm to 730 pm.