Friday Morning Prayer…:) January 24, 2019

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Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor,
As a shield today?

Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day;
So when life seems dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray.

When you met with great temptation,
Did you think to pray?
By His dying love and merit,
Did you claim the Holy Spirit
As your guide and stay?[1]

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”[2]

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What matters most to you as a Christian?   Is it living this life to God’s glory?  Does that mean loving and pursuing God? Is supernatural love realized by experiencing love from God and a genuine love for God?  Is it being constantly mindful of God’s continual presence and intimate fellowship?   I’d say that the truth of what matters most for each genuinely regenerated heart is ‘being realized’ as we grow in the grace of God.  With the apostle Paul, I want my conscience to testify that I have conducted myself in every context and relationship in the “holiness and sincerity that are from God.”[3]  In Christ, we are not changing our beliefs with the winds of relativism or relying on worldly wisdom to determine how we conduct our lives.  In brief, what matters most with all the diversity that represents the body of Christ, is living and overflowing the gospel every day our gracious God gives to glorify him. 

In living out the gospel you and I have gifts and many opportunities to effectively share the good news.  God has entrusted me with strong desires to encourage others in our shared faith.  I too am encouraged by sharing the gospel and having opportunities to remind various folks that our God is “…the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort…” and, our Almighty God “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]  Moreover, we pray “in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests”[5] because we believe the gospel; the gospel compels us to depend on, cry out to, ask, seek, and knock with great persistence before our gracious God. 

Our efforts to effectively live-out the gospel should necessarily be precipitated by genuine heartfelt, longing for power, and desperate for God prayers.   We long to experience our Lord Jesus to the fullest; I am excited about your spiritual gifts, especially as the power of God is evident, the body of Christ is edified, and the lost are attracted to the light of the world and experience the light of life.[6]  The gospel is at minimum the life and redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of humankind.  We have the gospel given as of first importance: “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day…”[7]  Furthermore, our sovereign God keeps us!  “…it is God who makes us and you stand firm in Christ.   He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”[8]

I think I am most excited about the fruit of the Spirit!  This is where the rubber meets the road.  People are attracted to the gospel because of supernatural love, joy, and peace in the midst of the storm and the day to day living.  Our merciful God, who is love, called me and you unto salvation.  He sealed us with the Holy Spirit.  The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.[9] These Spirit derived virtues are manifest in varied measures by every truly regenerate heart.  I pray that God would empower me and you to live this way, reflecting God indwelling with increasing measure in every context and relationship.  Truly, the gospel lived by the Spirit is what matters most.

When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?

When sore trials came upon you,
Did you think to pray?
When your soul was bowed in sorrow,
Balm of Gilead did you borrow
At the gates of day?

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

As the Lord leads, you are invited to join diverse gals representing various churches for a time of prayer and encouragement.  The power of God manifest through the prayers of many is an awesome concept!  Our prayers make a supernatural difference and our sovereign God hears the humble cry of the saints.   Help me Lord to appreciate this more and more.  Join if your schedule allows.

Brothers in Christ are meeting too!  Alpine Youth Center, 2153 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, 0730

Diverse guys meeting at the throne of grace, united at the cross, striving in the power of the Spirit to live the gospel.  This is an essential time of devoted prayer and loving the brethren.  You are invited!   The power of God is manifest through your unceasing prayers, and how much more the power of God when multiple brothers meet together longing  to be filled and overflowing as we help one another fight the good fight of faith.


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

[2] Galatians 5:25

[3] 2 Corinthians 1:12

[4] 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

[5] Ephesians 6:18

[6] John 8:12

[7] 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

[8] 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

[9] Galatians 5:22-23