Friday Morning Prayer:)… September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020 - 7 minutes read

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me[1]

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”[2]

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How much do I need the Lord?  Is there a saturation point?  Does God resist those who constantly depend on him? An old man physically weak and enduring persecution prayed[3], “…turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock and fortress.  Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked…”[4] He recognized our sovereign God as his hope and confidence in his youth.  In fact, he proclaimed, “From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.” In his state of suffering he earnestly prayed, “Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me.”[5]  Those called unto salvation never get enough of our God, the Almighty!  To pursue God and depend on him for everything necessary in this life and the glorious life forevermore to come invites his supernatural strength and sustaining power.  God in Christ is always our strong refuge and never-ending need.

Do you find yourself, do I, experiencing supernatural thirst, a craving, deeper longing, intense desire as the Psalmist describes?  “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”[6] In the midst of suffering, uncertainty, and recurring troubles the theme of Scripture, especially for the regenerate heart, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”[7]  Moreover, even in the midst of perceived calamity the Psalmist, the suffering ‘old man’ proclaimed, “My mouth is filled with your praise declaring your splendor all day long.”[8]  How can we possibly overflow with praise and declare the splendor in the midst of our suffering?  We are able because of God, “the Alpha and the Omega” “who is and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”  In Christ, righteousness, wholeness, completeness!  ‘Without You I fall apart.’ You’re the One that guides my heart.’  Rejoice and be encouraged, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.  He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”[9]

You, in Christ, saved by the blood of the Lamb, rest in knowing, and are necessarily reminded when life, relationships, loved ones, friends, work-place, family, etc. turn upside down, suffer, or experience hardships unbearable, even sickness or death, our God, “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort…” is eternally present to sustain, comfort, and encourage you and me too, to persevere in his strength, even as brothers and sisters, family in Christ come alongside; God helping us through all our varied experiences in this life.  Our God is not distant but does call us, even empowers us to cry out and persistently, wholeheartedly with blessed assurance, to continually rely on him.  

I pray that our gracious God stirs your heart to pursue him even more fervently!  I need that prayer.  In the midst of it all, may the truly regenerate heart be compelled by God to sing and rejoice in humble worship.  A pursuit, supernaturally empowered, confident born-again life that has tasted the goodness, wonder, and amazing glory that is never satisfied but ever realized—the awe all-encompassing glory, glory hallelujah![10] 

Let me see, Lord, your glory, the overwhelming wonder that draws me closer still.

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

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

You are invited to join sisters in Jesus for a time of encouragement and prayer.  A joy indeed!  Thank you.

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

Yes!  If your schedule allows, please join us for prayer.  No requirements or expectations, just a humble reliance on our Lord Jesus.  Brothers in the Lord gathering to encourage and glorify our God as the Spirt leads our time together.


[1] https://genius.com/The-worship-initiative-lord-i-need-you-lyricsLord, I Need You
Lord, I Need You

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 [2] Revelation 1:8

[3] The International Bible Commentary (1986).  FF Bruch (ed).  Zondervan.

[4] Psalm 71: 2b-4a

[5] Ibid  vs. 5-12

[6] Psalm 42:1-2

[7] Ibid v. 5-6

[8] Psalm 71:8

[9] 2 Corinthians 2:21-22

[10] All Sons & Daughters – Your Glory / Nothing But the Blood (Live)
All Sons & Daughters – Your Glory / Nothing But the Blood (Live)

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