Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
Jesus isn’t sitting on His throne hoping for a nice flowery formal prayer. If you have just a small faith in a big God don’t be afraid to pray. Jesus is waiting at for us at His throne of grace. Our God is big enough to move any mountain with faith smaller than a tiny seed!
One of my favorite books on prayer is a tiny volume named “The Kneeling Christian” It is written by an unknown Christian however I strongly suspect that Andrew Murray was the author simply judging by its content and style. What a blessing and motivation to prayer this little book has been in my life. Today is 2017 we no less need prayer than when this book was first published more than a century ago. Our churches have full pews but often empty altars. We laugh and sing but who weeps with our Savior and tarries in prayer for the urgent needs all around us? The good news is that there is still a time for prayer. There is still an open door to God’s throne of grace. Jesus is listening and waiting if only we will begin to earnestly pray. This week our Iris burst into full bloom. All year I wait for that day when its petals open and give out their fragrance. In the same way God sees our life as a garden and waits for our prayers to unfold as the full expression of our faith and trust in Him!
God "wondered that there was no intercessor" (Isa. lix. 16)--"none to
interpose" (R.V., marg.). But this was in the days of long ago, before
the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ "full of grace and truth"--before
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, full of grace and power, "helping
our infirmity," "Himself making intercession for us" and in us (Rom.
viii. 26). Yes, and before the truly amazing promises of our Savior
regarding prayer; before men knew very much about prayer; in the days
when sacrifices for their sins loomed larger in their eyes than
supplication for other sinners.
Oh, how great must be God's wonder today! For how few there are among
us who know what prevailing prayer really is!"
excerpt from chapter one "The Kneeling Christian author unknown
The lilacs are definitely in full bloom in our area. I am partial to lilacs because their sweet and delicate fragrance contrasts with their gnarly almost ancient looking stems. As summer comes knocking on our doors some of us think of time spent reading a new book or two. Here is a collection of 3 months of short devotional readings available in e-book format and accompanied by photography. You can follow the link of find it on Amazon.
Running the Race – Summer Reading with Jesus
This year has been filled with changes in our lives. Some of the changes have been great and some difficult. The greatest struggle when life starts up a new pathway is that we don’t know what lies ahead. One change for me has been retiring from my small business and taking a part time job in a store. I had been tracking my daily steps over the last year because my wife and I like to see if we are meeting our daily goals when we walk. Since starting at a large store I was astonished that now my step counter often shows me at 150% of my goal. I have to admit that I was pretty impressed with myself until I stopped to wonder what numbers a marathon runner must have not only in their race but in their daily training. In Hebrews the Bible gives guidance for how we are to keep in shape for the race ahead.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
What kind of race are you running today?
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 ESV
whatever lies before you on the road ahead, run the race with Jesus and not just for Him!
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Psalms 34:8 NKJV
Our enjoyment of food is in direct connection with our hunger. Are you hungry for God today?