Friday Morning Prayer:)… March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020 - 8 minutes read

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.[1]

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.[2]

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Oh, for grace to trust him more!  God is love and supernatural love has changed your heart and life, hence your whole being to reflect him.  Our gracious God has graciously, because of his great, great, great love for us has revealed Jesus to our sinful and selfish pursuit—his merciful touch divine call opened your eyes and mine to divine saving holiness.  In awe, reverence, and humble silence salvation is realized.  ‘Just to trust His cleansing blood, And in simple faith to plunge me ‘Neath the healing cleansing flood!’   Our God and Savior, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”[3]  With the psalmist the regenerate heart overflows praise! “Great is the Lord in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.  Let them praise your great and awesome name—he is holy.”[4]

God is good!  All the time!  In the midst of this current flood, uncertainty, disruption from the norm, sickness and death, God is our shield and calls every person to run to him for refuge.  In the midst of all the unknowns, anxiety, irritable reactions, hostility, fear, futile desperations, etc. God is concerned for your welfare and the welfare of all those he loves.  Indeed!  “I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend; And I know that Thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end.” 

Beloved, many times I am literally a broken vessel, a jar of clay and you are too, called to be humble before the throne of grace, totally surrendered to and desperate for the Potter; you know with increasing trust that our God fellowships with you in Christ through the power of the Spirit and empowers, encourages, and helps you and me to constantly “…be filled with the Spirit…” so we can persevere under any trial given by his sovereign hand.  Moreover, through the storms of this life and always, we cry out to God for help, wisdom, discernment, and we “[s]peak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”[5]  My sincere prayer is that you be encouraged this day and many times throughout every day, so much so that you are supernaturally compelled to “[s]ing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”[6] 

God’s love and mercy was manifest in the apostle Paul, especially in his relationship with the church.   He loved the body of believers and expressed his love through inspired writings we too can appreciate and hopefully, thankfully, with gusto live out!  “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”[7] 

We need one another to encourage and spur on toward love and good deeds!  In light of our current circumstances in this life: church fellowships, groups, congregations, etc. are avoiding gatherings to protect one another from the spread of potential sickness.  Let us fervently pray for a cure and quickly that we might reunite together and encourage one another in person with handshakes, hugs, and great rejoicing because of our living active shared faith!   We pray and trust our God to this end.

 I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

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No Friday Morning Prayer meetings this week.   

With respect for our civil authority recommendations, great concern for the well-being of brothers, sisters, and families in Jesus, we will not congregate for prayer.  However, please consider praying during the morning hour we have allocated for so many years now!  A recurring blessing and joy I pray will resume without much delay; we continue to pray unceasing and persevere to God’s glory and our good. 

If you’d like to touch base or have prayer requests, petitions or just need to be encouraged, send an email or call, engage the brothers!  Out of an abundance of caution we are not meeting, but we can easily touch base as the Spirit moves you and me…  email, phone, 1:1 or however, the Spirit leads.

I am certain the same encouragement and relational love applies to the gals, our sisters in Jesus, who also gather for prayer and encouragement on Friday mornings.    Thank you for your faithfulness and ever-growing love for Jesus.


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

Story behind the hymn – Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus    
Story behind the hymn – Tis so sweet to trust in Jesusbeautiful and inspiring

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[2] Proverbs 30:5

[3] Hebrews 13:8

[4] Psalm 99:2-3

[5] Ephesians 5:19a

[6] Ibid  v. 19b-20

[7] Romans 1:11-12