Friday Morning Prayer:)… August 26, 2021

August 27, 2021 - 6 minutes read

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.[1]

“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.  Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.”[2]

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What is my motivation?  Do I know for sure?  Does my motivation change?  Our brother, shepherd, friend, Mark M. in preaching, asked the question, “what is my motivation for preaching?  Is he driven by agape love for the body of Christ or self-love?  Of course, as each of us examines ourselves, asking ‘why do I do what I do,’ we strive to align ourselves with and ask God to empower and motivate our pursuits to be in accord with his supernatural agape love.   Help, Lord, please increasingly bestow, and help me pursue “…the wonder of your great love….”   “Every day, the Lord Himself is near me, [w]ith a special mercy for each hour.”

Beloved, be ye encouraged as you pursue and recognize this supernatural love manifest through your life in Christ.  It is encouraging to know that every truly regenerate heart has the God-given, agape love, that, ideally, motivates every perception and reaction as we live this life by God, for God, and in God, because of Jesus.  “Agape love is the context where we live and serve others.”[3] Your spiritual endeavor, and mine too, is to pursue agape, the greatest of all, love.  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

In light of our sinful nature, which we are called to kill daily, I’d say my motivation can be quickly skewed toward self-love, or selfishness, prideful recognition, etc. that quenches the Spirit of God indwelling.  Therefore, I have to be mindful and pursue the most excellent way, every day.   “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.  But the man who loves God is known by God.”  Humble, relying on, asking continually, God, help me, “give ear to me and hear my prayer” that I might reflect brightly the wonder of your great love.  Indeed! “Love in us working through us to others—an action with people.”[4]  With the psalmist, we strive by God’s grace!  “Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.”[5] 

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”[6]

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

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First Baptist Church, Alpine.   Friday Morning Prayer.

Brothers are meeting for a time of encouragement and prayer!  You are invited!   Join us, if your schedule allows.  0730

Sisters are meeting too!  0900.  Very cool!  Thank you, sisters.


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

Day by Day – Reawaken Hymns
Day by Day – Reawaken Hymns

 [2] Psalm 17:6-7

[3] Mueller, Mark.  Shepherd @ Emmanuel Christian Church, Harbison Canyon

[4] Ibid.

[5] Psalm 26:2

[6] I Corinthians 13:4-8a