Friday Morning Prayer:)… January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019 - 9 minutes read
When I think how He came so far from Glory!
Came and dwelt among the lowly such as I,
Suffered pain and such disgrace on Mt Cavalry He’d take my place.
so I ask myself this question.

Who am I that a King would bleed and die for?
Who am I that He would pray, not My Will, Thine Lord.
The answer I may never know, why He’d ever love me so,
that to an old rugged cross He’d go for Who am I.

And, I’m reminded of His Words, I’ll leave you never,
Just be true, I’ll give to you, life forever and forever,
I wonder what I could have done to deserve God’s only son,
to fight my battles until they are done for who am I.[1]

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out![2]

In the context of understanding the basics of our shared faith, Pastor Mark asked, “Do we understand who we are and what we have in him?”  As Jacob woke from his dream he thought, “Surely God is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”[3]  I am certain there are many times I am unaware of God’s presence.  As our merciful God moves on our behalf by way of speaking through a friend, a dream, a prophetic word, a Bible text, a devotional reading, an overwhelming thought, and even that still small voice that pervades our mind, we recognize how awesome is our sovereign God who is always present; especially close is he to the humble of heart who cry out day and night for his supernatural presence to overflow. 
The prayer, a heartfelt crying out of one of our adult youth leaders Tuesday night was reflective of a humble heart in need of Holy Spirit power to awaken the complacent mind to boldly share the gospel at every opportunity given.   The family time devotion was rooted in John 3.  Truly, the basics of our shared faith, yet powerful and foundational to ensure ongoing grace to help each of us grow and mature in understanding who we are in Christ and what we have been given in him. 
The proclamation was given by our Lord Jesus.  “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”[4]  Indeed, this is a basic truth every regenerate heart has experienced.   I need to be reminded!  In Christ, you are born of the Spirit and he leads our Christ-centered lives as he determines.   I pray for sensitive ears to hear and clear eyes to see what the Spirit is doing in our midst, through you! Through me!  Through the church where the gospel is proclaimed and the complacent regenerate heart is challenged.  In our groups and relationships, we necessarily lift up our Lord Jesus and pray that many will genuinely believe and have eternal life.[5]
Our merciful God grants salvation, the hardened heart is softened, the Spirit of Jesus indwells every born again heart, repentance from sinful ways ensues, the pursuit of God and holiness is now the daily process to God’s glory.   Why?  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”[6]  God is love and he overflows his mercy and abundant grace every day!  This is basic truth to the Christian life.  However, awe, awe, awe is the only regenerate heart response!   Jacob said, “How awesome is this place!”[7]  God resides in those who are his, and heaven’s gate is a breath away!  This supernatural event and process is something that has to be shared!  The stirring of my heart and yours too is God softly, tenderly calling each of us to himself.  Help me Lord, to respond in greater degrees, an intentional pursuit more and more as we journey this pilgrimage to the Celestial City.
It was clear to me from pastor’s sermon on Sunday that only our gracious Lord Jesus can do this supernatural work in and through us by the Holy Spirit.[8]  I am thankful for brothers in Christ and the family of God where God orchestrates his love through us and we demonstrate love for God in the body of Christ.   We reach out to the lost and make disciples because of God’s love working in our hearts.  The Spirit empowers and the gifts of God are manifest through submitted believers who know Jesus as Savior and as Lord of all.  We pray together and for one another.  By God’s abundant grace we heed the Scriptures. “Love is sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.   Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, [and] faithful in prayer.”[9]  This is how we roll in Jesus!  We are created in the image of God, born of the Spirit, filled and being filled with the Spirit of Jesus to live this life effectively, being who we are in him, and becoming who we are called to be by his grace.
Who am I that a King would bleed and die for?
Who am I that He would pray, not My Will, Thine Lord.
The answer I may never know, why He’d ever love me so,
that to an old rugged cross He’d go for Who am I. Who am I.
Sisters are meeting to pray!  First Baptist Church.  1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900
You are invited to join diverse gals who share a common love for Jesus!   Gals from different local churches gather to pray for our community, the body of Christ, one another, etc. as the Spirit leads their time together.  Go check it out!  Be a blessing and be blessed as you join with family in Christ.
Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist. 3rd Friday.   0730. 
You are invited to join for a short time of prayer and fellowship.   We gather because we are compelled to ask, seek, and knock as the Spirit leads our lives in Christ.  We pray with expectation and trust our God through every circumstance, outcome, and especially through the process.  Join us if your schedule allows.  It is always a joy in my heart to see brothers loving the Lord through loving each other.

[2] Romans 11:33
[3] Genesis 28:16
[4] John 3:3
[5] Ibid 3:14-15
[6] Ibid v. 16
[7] Genesis 28:17
[8] Pastor Mark Mueller, Emmanuel Christian Church.  Ironside Park, Harbison Canyon.  10 am.
[9] Romans 12:9-12