Friday Morning Prayer:)… October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019 - 8 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]

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”[2]  

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As I live day to day by God’s grace, do I see, hear, sense, feel, our most glorious God?  Am I looking for God?  Yes, and Yes.   However, there are those days when the words of the contemporary hymn reflect the aching heart in desperate pursuit of God.  “Sometimes I call out Your name but I cannot find You.  I look for Your face, but You are not there.  By my sorrows, Lord, lift me to You, lift me to Your side.” The Psalmist struggled and asked, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?  I read, ‘sometimes the Lord calms our storms and other times he rides them with us.’  We read the Psalms and recognize human heartache!  Nonetheless, David concluded, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.”[3]

The pursuit, the growth process, becoming mature in Christ is by God’s grace, love, and power.  I was spiritually dead in transgressions and sin as is every person without the cleansing blood of the Lamb.  Following the ways of the world and being led by the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient was the norm.  “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”[6] 

Many times, we hear about the spiritually dead being called to life in Christ through pain and suffering.   Our merciful sovereign God opens the eyes of the blind and gives the desires of the heart to cry out for salvation, granting repentance, and allowing forgiveness to be experienced with love and mercy forming and shaping a new life in Christ.  It is an absolute joy to hear the name of Jesus proclaimed in the regenerate and maturing heart.  I heard the Spirit of God working through and within a fella this week.  He expressed what matters most now after 60 + years of life.  The realized truth of the gospel and the continued pursuit of Jesus will continue to heal the years of pain from following the ways of the world and empower him to stay the course in Christ.

You, in Jesus, have a precious treasure to share.  I do too! You know the supernatural heart rejoicing pleasure we share because of our great salvation in Jesus.  We plead in prayer, please God have mercy and grant salvation to the spiritually blind.  God’s sovereign call, drawing people to himself, certainly includes us as vessels of mercy, as the God of all comfort brings spiritually dead hurting people into our spheres of influence.  

I recall encouraging a fella recently who was resistant to the gospel message until love in tender action persisted.   By God’s grace, he is recognizing supernatural differences that are appealing, comforting, compelling from genuine regenerate believers who truly care.  He asked, “where is God?” and said, “He can beam me up right now, here I am.”  In his naïve and doubtful presentation, there was a softening.  He had no job, no income, no foreseeable means to take care of his basic needs.  I encouraged him to stay the sober course, and humbly ask God for help through the cross.  I prayed for him and continued to plead in prayer for his sustainable employment.  In a week or less, this man God brought into my sphere of influence had secured a job and began nurturing relationships with his family members.  I was overjoyed!  I let him know God answered.  We continue to pray for God’s grace, love, and power to change this man’s heart.    

Be ye encouraged in knowing the incomparably great power to persevere in Christ, love others well, and praise God at every turn, especially for us who believe!

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.

‘Til 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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[1] How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds > Lyrics | John Newton
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds > Lyrics | John NewtonLyrics: John Newton

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds > Lyrics | John NewtonLyrics: John Newton
[2] Ephesians 1:18-19
[3] Psalm 13:1-2, 5-6

[3] Lord of Eternity – Fernando Ortega (Live)
Lord of Eternity – Fernando Ortega (Live)….timeless song. (From “Live in St. Paul”-DVD.) Blessed is the man Who walks in Your Favor Who loves all Your …

[4] Psalm 13:1-2

[5] Ibid v. 5-6

[6] Ephesians 2:1-5