Friday Morning Prayer:)… September 12, 2019

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Weeping Jesus, suff’ring One,
Whose tears and sorrows we may trace;
In the Book of God’s dear Son,
We see His marred yet smiling face.

Weeping Jesus,
Weeping Jesus—died for me.

Weeping Jesus, royal King,
And yet a humble sacrifice;
Thou didst give Thy life to pay
For us the great redemption price.

Weeping Jesus, oh, what love
Was shown through Thee to men in sin!
Is the human heart too hard
For this great love to melt and win?[1]

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.  The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”[2]

When I remember “Patriot Day” the tragedy of September 11, 2001, I am thankful for ‘Weeping Jesus, royal King, and yet humble sacrifice; Thou didst give Thy life to pay for us the great redemption price.’  This week at the Alpine Youth Center, the leadership made it a teaching opportunity to recognize Patriot Day through a Christian worldview.  You, brother/sister through the Living Word and the power of our indwelling God have a glorious message of hope the world needs to hear.  Our Lord Jesus wept because he deeply cares for us, even the wicked and hardest of hearts his great love melts and wins!  How essential that our youth and all people know the love of God through the cross of Christ.  In Christ, we do not grieve like the rest of mankind who have no hope.[3] In fact, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”[4]  

The loss of a loved one is very difficult.  A brother in our fellowship was taken into glory unexpectedly this week.  A fella at work expressed his grief as he lamented over the loss of his uncle recently.  I lost three men at the men’s home over the course of six months.  We rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn, especially as we live in harmony with one another.[5]  Death for the Christian is home with the Lord Jesus.  To lose a loved one, a brother in Christ, a precious friend, sister, a family member can be emotionally overwhelming, it hurts the heart. 

 Life hurts and pain is real.  Jesus suffered greatly and experienced the pains of this life. Our Lord cares and is like the refiner’s fire on your path and mine too, especially as we mature in holiness, purity, and ultimately enjoy great reward in glory.  The truly regenerate heart perseveres through the storms of this life with an unshakable trust that recognizes every path of the Lord is inherent with his steadfast love and faithfulness. 

Our brother Matt Chandler shared his thoughts about going through the furnace.  “We can trust that if God chooses not to heal us for now, he knows something we don’t know — and that one day he will end suffering and death once and for all.”  Moreover, he said, “We come to him believing that he will heal, and believing that if he does not, it will be because he has a better plan and a higher aim in mind.”[6]

Our call is to share the good news of the gospel with all!  As Christ’s ambassadors, God is making his appeal through us.  “We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”[7]  Know Jesus before the heart attack occurs, before the plane crash, the car accident, etc. Indeed, may I have the courage to extend God’s gracious and merciful call before the inevitable death of this fragile body, and pray, pray, pray that many will be truly reconciled. We do not know what will happen tomorrow!  James asks, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  How precious is this eternal life-giving news! “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”[8]

Professor Easley said, “For Paul to use reconciliation language implies a broken relationship that must be restored. God had done everything in the death of his Son to provide salvation to rebels. But salvation has not been guaranteed to all, only to those who respond. The rebels must lay down their arms.”[9]

Weeping Jesus, more each day
I would be filled with only Thee;
Grace my heart and life, I pray,
With meekness that the world may see.

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

You are invited!  Diverse gals representing various churches gather to love one another, encourage, carry burdens, and lean on the everlasting arms.   As the Spirit leads, go enjoy a sweet hour of prayer.

Brothers are meeting too!  Alpine Youth Center, 2153 Arnold Way, Alpine 0730

Join brothers in Christ as we gather to fellowship and pray.  It is precious time together as the Holy Spirit leads our time and brings to mind those supplications, praises, burdens, etc. we humbly bring before the throne of grace.  Always a joy to see you!

[1] Weeping Jesus > Lyrics | Barney E. Warren
[2] Psalm 34:17-18
[3] 1 Thessalonians 4:13

[4] Psalm 116:15

[5] Romans 12:15-16

[6] My Prayer for the Furnace: How I Ask God to Heal
My Prayer for the Furnace: How I Ask God to Heal Our sovereign God can heal us, we believe that he will heal us, and even if he doesn’t heal us now, we will prai…
[7] 2 Corinthians 5:20

[8] Ibid.  v. 21

[9] Jesus Was Not a Sinner But Became Sin
Jesus Was Not a Sinner But Became SinChrist’s identification with sinners is the foundation for our mission as ambassadors of His great Gospel.