Friday Morning Prayer:)… October 22, 2020

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There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:
  No, not one! no, not one!
None else could heal all our souls’ diseases:
  No, not one! no, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles;
He will guide ’til the day is done:
There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:
No, not one! no, not one!

No friend like Him is so high and holy,
  No, not one! no, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly,
  No, not one! no, not one!

There’s not an hour that He is not near us,
  No, not one! no, not one!
No night so dark, but His love can cheer us,
  No, not one! no, not one![1]

“Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”[2]
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What does it mean to glorify God and enjoy him forever?  The Westminster Shorter Catechism introduces the question: “What is the chief end of man?” [mankind] The answer is given: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.”[3]   Chief end is defined as “Our highest purpose.”[4]  Our most valued pursuit and overflowing joy reflecting our Christ-life.   I absolutely love the supernatural nature of the answer to the question.  To glorify and enjoy God!  Amazing!  The meaning is lived-out, experienced, and recognized according to Scripture—the supernatural reality is evidenced by a radical life-changing regeneration of my heart, my life, my desires, and the recurring transformation of my mind.  The truly regenerate heart has the saving merciful capacity to “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”[5]  Your Christ-life and mine are intended, even preordained, supernaturally empowered to increasingly glorify God and enjoy him forever.

My youngest son asked me about those who like to smoke pot and drink alcohol with a sincere inquisitive desire to know why.   Son, I said, you are a Christian, right?  Yes, he said.  Okay, I asked him what is our primary purpose in this life?   To love God, he said.  There is a contrast between those pursuing temporal worldly pleasures, even enjoyment through smoking weed, drinking alcohol, etc., and those pursuing supernatural joy in Jesus.  I encouraged him to recognize the difference and hold fast to loving God, glorifying God, and enjoying God.  I am convinced that if I do not pursue and nurture my love for God, unceasingly pray for supernatural power to work-out my salvation, and truly enjoy God through this supernatural process, I would be at risk to find temporal joy and pleasure through worldly pursuits and flesh/sinful nature desires.  How much more the case for the unregenerate calloused heart.  We pray for saving mercy for the pursuer of temporal joy.  We ask, seek, knock because “In his pride, the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”[6]

Beloved, be ye not easily pleased!  You are designed to glorify and enjoy our Holy God in Christ Jesus!  Forever!  I pray for my growing sons—young men confronting those worldly/flesh driven temptations we all inevitably must face and overcome.   Piper (2016) quotes C.S. Lewis,

“… We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. (The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses)”[7]

Be encouraged and sing loudly, “…O praise the One Who paid my debt And raised this life Up from the dead…”[8]  Indeed!  Jesus paid it all and your life is different, mine too because of the cross, and the blood that cleansed our sin that left crimson stain is now washed white as snow!  Moses understood the contrast between temporal and forever.  “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.  He regarded the disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”  Like Moses, we are mercifully given eyes to supernaturally see and persevere in the strength and power of God. “…he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”[9]

Words cannot really express the joy and overflowing supernatural reality that God did, keeps doing, and will carry-on until that final day we meet him in the sky or stand before his gracious throne.  Jesus tells us and I pray you are genuinely experiencing, enjoying, and glorifying God in and through all circumstances, events, relations our God determines as we journey in his power. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”[10]  Moreover, ”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”[11]  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.“[12] 


Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
  No, not one! no, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
  No, not one! no, not one!

Was e’er a gift like the Savior given?
  No, not one! no, not one!
Will He refuse us the bliss of heaven?
  No, not one! no, not one!

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

You are welcome!  Thank you, sisters.   It is always a joy when gals gather to love, encourage, and earnestly seek the Lord. 

Brothers are meeting too!  Mt. View Bible.  2710 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, 0730

Brothers!  Join us if your schedule allows.  We join for a sweet hour of prayer and encouragement.  We rely on the Spirit to lead and we pray for sensitivity to follow.  It is always good to see you!  

Zoom active and available.  Join virtually if you like.


[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh6sr9QcXZQ

https://www.hymnlyrics.org/newlyrics_t/theres_not_a_friend_like_the_lowly_jesus.php

[2] John 15:12-13

[3] https://www.apuritansmind.com/westminster-standards/shorter-catechism/

[4] Jonathan Edwards

[5] Luke 10:27

[6] Psalm 10:4

[7] https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/our-grand-obligation

[8] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htiuq1xe4v8

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[9] 11:24-27

[10] Johm 15:11

[11] John 14:27

[12] John 16:33