Friday Morning Prayer:)… August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020 - 7 minutes read

I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me;
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way. [1]

“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.  When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.”[2] 

_____________

This life has its challenges to make us better, stronger, humble, and totally reliant on our Lord Jesus.  The psalmist helps me to understand my need to cry out to our gracious God in prayer, especially when feeling the weight of difficult circumstances.  I need to be reminded, as do you, our God cares!  Circumstances my not change, but as you and me pray, pray, pray, lean, and keep pursuing God through our Lord Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit, we change—you are called according to his purpose—the supernatural process of being conformed to the likeness of Jesus.[3]

I long for, and you do too, the comfort of God in the midst of trials and tribulations.  There are those times when, “…my soul refused to be comforted” yet we encourage one another!  Persevere!  And, we come along side and remind, even ourselves that God is, “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”[4]  

Beloved, rejoice in your personal relationship with Almighty God!  I want to know more and more the overwhelming wonder of God with us, and constantly experience the supernatural awe!  In the midst of it all, we stand secure in his love!  “…If God is for us, who can be against us?”  Jesus, is our Lord, Savior, brother, friend—he is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness, or danger or sword…. No!  In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”[5]

“It’s this Spirit-empowered dynamic in the soul that allows us to be both “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10). We expect sorrow from the world and redemption from our Savior, who will work even our sorrows for ultimate good (Romans 8:28).”[6]

Yes, in Christ, engaged in the process of conforming and reflecting his image, even going through our anxiety, fears, waning confidence, rejection, tiredness, hunger, or out of our comfort zone circumstances and challenges—we stay the course filled and walking in the Spirit!  Be ye reminded, and me too, we rely on his power to live, move, speak, breathe, and have our being, “not… according to the sinful nature, but according to the Spirit.”[7]

There is no god so great as our God! The God of Israel has performed miracles and displayed his power among the peoples.[8]  Indeed, rejoice in Christ crucified because of our redemption! His resurrection and our new life too, from spiritual death to life in Christ helps us to endure, overcome, and appreciate the joy, excitement, and recurring motivation to continue overflowing this great treasure received by God’s mercy!   Oh, the constant need to cry out in prayer and enjoy, relate with intimately, confidently, humbly, forever learning to walk in the Spirit, and developing supernatural sensitivities in every context and, obediently, willingly compelled to follow his holy leading!

Together and alone, we make time to pray, unceasing.  Like the psalmist, let’s “…remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”[9] Yes, today and always.

I was bruised, but Jesus healed me,
Faint was I from many a fall,
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.

Days of darkness still come o’er me,
Sorrow’s path I often tread,
But His presence still is with me;
By His guiding hand I’m led.

He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then He’ll bear me safely over,
Where the loved ones I shall meet.

___________

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

Thank you, sisters in Jesus join to encourage and pray together! Joy!  You are invited.

Brothers joining in prayer!  Mt. View Bible, 2710 Alpine Blvd.  0730

You are invited!  Brothers gathering to intentionally pray and encourage!  Bring your love, joy, burdens, as we pray before the throne of grace.  This is how we live!  


[1] http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/I_Will_Sing_the_Wondrous_Story/

[2] Psalm 77:1-2

[3] Romans 8:28-29

[4] 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

[5] Romans 8:31-37

[6]http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/jesus-has-overcome-the-world

[7] Romans 8:4

[8] Psalm 77:13-14

[9] Ibid. v. 11-12