Friday Morning Prayer:)… May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020 - 6 minutes read

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.

Dear Name! the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never-failing Treas’ry filled
With boundless stores of grace!

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest, and King;
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.[1]

“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”[2]

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Oh, what a Savior isn’t he wonderful?  Do I really hear the sweetness of Jesus’ name spoken in my ear?  Recently, I listened to hurting and brokenness—Mary[3] was overwhelmed by the weight of her sin.  Was Jesus calling her to himself?  Only the supernatural wonder of God truly “makes the wounded spirit whole And calms the troubled breast.”  Yes! Jesus is Savior and Lord, ‘Shepherd, Husband, Friend, Prophet, Priest, and King.’ Jesus is calling; redeeming truth in Christ brings sweetness knowing he is the true beginning, ‘Way and End’, especially for all who receive and genuinely believe.[4] “…’Tis manna to the hungry soul, And to the weary, rest.” 

Every person called by God hears and is saved by grace through faith; I did not decide one day I am going to be saved by God; the tenderhearted loving compassionate mercy of God initiated, humbled my pride, softened my calloused heart, and granted the desire, hence my decision to receive and believe.  With this merciful call from God, not from myself, salvation is the gift of God,[5] I recognized, at least in part, my desperate need; my evil ways were wrong and I cried out for help to change, asking for forgiveness.  The lyrics of the worship song ring true, “O come to the altar The Father’s arms are open wide Forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.”[6]

As you know and experience, ‘the Rock on which you and me build, our Shield and Hiding place,’ we increasingly cry out for the mercy of God, that same tenderness of heart that called you and allowed you to hear his voice unto this great, exciting, preserving salvation; the supernatural touch of God softened and cleansed my depraved heart and yours.  Today is the day of this great salvation!  Therefore, we proclaim with much confidence and conviction, the mercy of God does change wicked hearts to righteous, even Mary and the many like her without Jesus.   You, in Christ, and me have a “…never-failing Treas’ry filled with boundless stores of grace!” 

Therefore, I ask our gracious God to give you and me heightened sensitivity and discernment, hence spiritual ears to hear his call to love those suffering and share, even overflow much grace and mercy, that tenderhearted loving compassion given, received, and now overflows as we pray, pray, pray, plead at the throne of grace, please Lord have mercy that they too will experience the wonderful divine call and glorify your Name.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy name
Refresh my soul in death.

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Sisters are meeting to pray!  Gals gather as the Lord leads.  Planning and staying safe.

Our gracious merciful God moves through the prayers of many.  Thank you!  If you’d like to get connected and be encouraged, reach out and I can help.

Brothers are meeting too!  Zoom Meeting @ 0730.

Virtual doors open around 0700-0715 for a time of sharing and enjoying the company of brothers in Jesus.  If you haven’t joined, you are welcome!  We adapt and glorify God in and through every circumstance as he gives us the grace to endure.


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

[2] Hebrews 10:22-23

[3] Fictitious name

[4] John 1:12-13

[5] Ephesians 2:8-10

[6] O Come to the Altar
O Come to the AltarProvided to YouTube by Catapult Reservatory, LLC O Come to the Altar · The Worship Initiative and Shane & Shane …