Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, HE got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.’
– Prayer is our vital link with the Lord.
– The enemy wants to keep so busy that we don’t find the time to pray.
– Prayer is communion with God and we need that in our lives.
– The Lord is calling each one of us into a deeper relationship with Him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for the example that you set for us in making time with Your Father a priority in Your daily life. We choose to do the same and remind ourselves to pray each day. Amen.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8
Christ died, not for people who look like they have it all together but for people who were, “powerless,” “ungodly,” and “sinners”
This truth is tremendously freeing. I don’t have to be wondering if God is going to abandon me because I failed Him. God already knows the worst about me – and He chose to love me! God’s love never fails– delight in that statement.
Very often I am asked, “What about all the good people in this world, will they go hell if they don’t accept Jesus?” The Bible clearly states: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So then, who can go to heaven? Only perfect people can. The Bible says only the blood of Jesus makes us perfect. “For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 Yes, our goodness and all our righteous acts are not going to take us to heaven. We need a Saviour, and He is Christ Jesus our Lord.
Read Amos 4
When I read this passage, I get the sense that God is willing to go to great lengths to win His people’s hearts and get them to turn to Him. There is a real sense of desperation. Five times He says, “Yet you have not returned to Me.”
In Amos 4, You see God disciplining His people in various ways- through starvation, drought, plague etc…why? Because He wanted His children to return to Him and be safe under His care. He knew, away from Him, they would be in danger. They’d fall into idolatry or run after financial gain, terrible snares, which would destroy them.
Has God been trying to get your attention in some way? He wants you to come to Him, He longs to gather you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. Would you respond to Him today?
Contentment doesn’t come naturally to us. Even apostle Paul had to learn it.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12) Paul wrote this when he was in prison. How could he be content? The next verse reveals the secret- I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (V-13). Contentment is an ability we cultivate with God’s help and strength. No matter what you’re facing today, through prayer you can receive the strength to be content.
Lord, Give me a heart that is content and remove greed and selfishness from me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. (Isaiah 40:28)
Isaiah 40 draws a picture of the caring nature of our God- Who is awesome in power, robed in majesty and splendor, Creator of the universe but One who seeks to comfort and help His people. Who “tends His flock like a shepherd” and “gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart.” (40:11) Who strengthens those who are weak and too weary to go on. And when we hope in Him, He renews our strength like the eagles, so we could run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.
When I find myself drowning in the sea of anxiety, I take great solace in Psalm 103. What a beautiful picture of the Father’s heart! His incredible care!
He is deeply compassionate towards all His children. He’s slow to anger and doesn’t repay us as our sins deserve. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him
He fights for us when we’re mistreated, vindicates us when we are wronged and loves us beyond measure. Though He’s King of the universe, He’s full of tenderness for His children.
When worry and deep concerns plague us, we toss and turn all night long — unable to sleep. But, when King David was surrounded by troubles and threats, he sang in Psalm 4:8,
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.
What is causing you sleepless nights? Place those concerns and worries at the feet of Jesus. Rest in His arms, knowing that He is well capable of dealing with every single problem you are facing today.
No longer do I call you servants…I have called you friends. John 15:15
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer…
Everything, absolutely everything-our worries, our pain, our weaknesses, our failures, our sorrows, our deepest secrets, we don’t need to carry them for a moment. He is our friend. He’d do anything for us. He laid down His life for us. Why don’t we carry our burdens to Him, today? See what peace He would offer in exchange for our turmoil.