My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
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Prayer during the West Africa Field Conference.
Psa. 70:0 To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering.
1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O LORD, make haste to help me!
2Let those be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire to hurt me.
3Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
Psa. 70:4 Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay!
This Psalm of David repeats some lines and themes from previous Psalms. However, this one is short, and to the point. Here, there is a sense of urgency where we find it placed between two lengthy laments. Each lament concludes with words of praise, which may serve as a reminder that when the solution to a problem is not at hand, we must wait on the Lord.
At the same time, while we are waiting, we may discover that it’s hard to distinguish our friends from our enemies. There are always those who are ready to cry out, “aha” and declare guilt without knowing the details. It’s when we hear the words from their mouths that we know that either they are declaring guilt, or joining in those who seek out salvation and speak, “God is great!”
Whether applying to David’s life, the final moments of Jesus’, or our very own, this becomes a model of prayer. When we find ourselves in troubled circumstances we need to become engaged in fervent prayer. This prayer is a cry for help, for shame to be brought to enemies, and eventually, joy to friends.
As we continue through this Holy Week, may we be led daily to the place of prayer. There are moments when we must engage in fervent prayer: moments when we find our hearts breaking because of what we are facing. Jesus, faced with the cross, cried out for help to his Father in prayer. Sometimes we simply don’t know what else to do but to cry out to God for help.
Throughout this week may we join Jesus in fervent prayer. We seek the face of God in the midst of circumstances which may be beyond our comprehension, but the cross takes us to transformation.The night that he was betrayed Jesus was in the garden, engaged in fervent prayer.When we join Jesus at the point of the cross, we discover the possibility of the image of God being stamped upon our lives.
There is no guarantee that the Christian life will be easy because if we join Jesus, we will follow him on the journey.The lenten journey will lead us to the cross, but also to the resurrection. Then we can rejoice in our salvation and say forevermore, “God is great!”
I am in great need of God, and therefore, I seek his face, day in and day out. In this, we are challenged to live a life of fervent prayer.
Lord, I need to learn more about prayer. Your gracious love and patience is overwhelming. Amen.
Scripture: Job 38:1-2 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Observation: Trying to give a reason for Job’s circumstances, his friends had provided every explanation imaginable to the human mind. Now, it was time for God’s response and reality is brought into focus. The friends were bringing counsel to Job, but they did not have knowledge. There was far too much that they did not understand. Following this question God reminds Job that God alone has power over creation, and this knowledge is far beyond Job’s understanding. Therefore, the words of Job’s friends are hollow with misunderstanding. They do not know God, and should not presume to speak for God, for their counsel becomes words without knowledge. Application: If our first instinct is not to run to the Lord in difficult circumstances, we may be allowing ourselves to be counseled by words without knowledge. There are plenty of people who are willing to give us ad…
Scripture: Acts 9:32 Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!” And immediately he got up. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. Observation:
In this text by the physician Luke, Paul has just recently been converted. Suddenly the narrative shifts to the Apostle Peter who is, no doubt, the leader of the followers of the Way. This passage sets the stage for the expansion of the ministry to the Gentiles. It is in Joppa that Peter has his vision that eventually leads him to the house of Cornelius but at this moment, Peter has no idea where this is going. Peter is simply going about his business, visiting the believers who live outside of Jerusalem, making it to the town of Lydda.
It is in Lydda, not far from …
Scripture: Galatians 3:28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. Observation:
This passage from Paul’s epistle to the Galatians is frequently quoted and used to remind us of the unity which is found when we belong to Christ. Any barriers that may have existed are to be brought down. The power of prejudice is to be destroyed and a new life is to be found when one belongs to Christ.
Jerome put it this way, “ When one has once put on Christ and, having been sent into the flame, glows with the ardor of the Holy Spirit, it is not apparent whether he is of gold or silver. As long as the heat takes over the mass in this way there is one fiery color, and all diversity of race, condition and body is taken away by such a garment.” (EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS 2.3.27–28) What happens is that the former…