Friday Morning Prayer:)… June 20, 2019

June 20, 2019 - 7 minutes read

Life is easy, when you’re up on the mountain
And you’ve got peace of mind, like you’ve never known
But things change, when you’re down in the valley
Don’t lose faith, for your never alone  

For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley
When things go wrong, he’ll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night  

We talk of faith way up on the mountain
But talk comes easy, when life’s at its best
Now it’s down in the valleys, trials and temptations
That’s where your faith is really put to the test[1]

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”[2] There are those many days when we joyfully sing, Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!  Oh yes!  How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er.  Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!  The joy of salvation and the evident power of God granting victory, confidence, and gusto to persevere!  On the other hand, getting through those most notable difficult days is a struggle.  My faith and yours too ‘is really put to the test.’  During those difficult times is when I cry out, ‘Oh, for grace to trust him more!  I need to be encouraged to cry out!  You do too, especially when sadness, anxious thoughts, seemingly overwhelming circumstances linger and the burdens are heavy.  Beloved in Jesus, we choose by his strength to trust, pray unceasing, and praise our sovereign God.  

Your circumstances and mine may not change, but we change through the process.  Your sovereign call and mine is to become more and more like Jesus.  “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son…”[3]  Through the struggles of this life, physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, circumstantial, it is comforting to know “…that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”[4]  With the psalmist David, “O LORD [Yahweh], hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.”[5]  We too in our context of this life feel the struggle!  “So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.”[6]  

The enduring process on the mountain and in the valley, we humbly pray, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”[7]  Swindoll (2000) described a sister in Jesus strong in faith and confident trust living in the Congo.  She was raped.  She said, “I must ask myself a question as if it came directly from the Lord. ‘Can you thank Me for trusting you with this experience even if I never tell you why?”[8]  In contrast to me, and maybe you too, God is constant and compassionate.  We are never left alone, although it may feel otherwise at times.  He cares.  Our gracious God through our Lord Jesus loves us much, much, much!  He has committed Himself to us!   

“Who [what circumstance, crisis, heartache, feelings of loss, uncertainty, conflict, etc.] 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.”[9]  Be convinced that neither death nor life, angels nor demons, the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.[10]  

For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley,
When things go wrong, he’ll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night
The God of the day, is still God in the nigh  

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

Gals in Christ are invited to join their sisters for a time of prayer and encouragement.  Through our highs and lows, we trust our God who never leaves us.  I am convinced God comforts and strengthens us by his amazing presence, even as we gather to love one another.  If your schedule allows go be encouraged and encourage others. 

Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist, Alpine, 0730. 

You are invited to join brothers in Christ for a sweet hour of prayer.  The joy of experiencing men living the Christ life, grow in grace and loving one another through the process.  No expectations or requirements, just humble we gather to ask, seek and knock before the throne of grace.  As the Spirit leads we pray for the sensitivity to follow.  



[2] Proverbs 3:5-6

[3] Romans 8:29a

[4] Ibid v. 28

[5] Psalm 143:1

[6] Ibid.  v. 4 

[7] Ibid.  v. 8

[8] Perfect Trust.  (2000).  C. Swindoll, J. Countryman.  Thomas Nelson.[9] Romans 8:35-37

[10] Ibid.   v. 38-39