VIDEO Prayer Partner, Ten Men Healed, One Man Saved

Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. John 17:11

Who prays for you? If you could choose one person to pray for you continually, who would that person be?

The most faithful Person you could enlist to pray for you is the One who is already doing so. And His prayers for you started nearly two thousand years ago. On the night of His arrest and trial, Jesus prayed what is now called “The High Priestly Prayer” (John 17). In part, this longest recorded prayer of Jesus is called “High Priestly” because of His intercessory prayers for those who come to believe in Him. He prayed that God would protect them—that is, us—from the power of the devil who was bound to attack. And He continues to pray even today, “since He always lives to make intercession for [us]” (Hebrews 7:25).

Be assured—you are being prayed for today by your High Priest and Intercessor, Jesus Christ.

Before the throne of God above, I have a strong, a perfect plea, a great High Priest, whose name is Love, who ever lives and pleads for me.  Charitie Lees Bancroft


Ten Men Healed, One Man Saved (Luke 17:11-19)

To Open Arms

In my distress I called to the Lord . . . . My cry came to his ears.  2 Samuel 22:7

 

Saydee and his family have an “open arms and open home” philosophy. People are always welcome in their home, “especially those who are in distress,” he says. That’s the kind of household he had growing up in Liberia with his nine siblings. Their parents always welcomed others into their family. He says, “We grew up as a community. We loved one another. Everybody was responsible for everybody. My dad taught us to love each other, care for each other, protect each other.”

When King David was in need, he found this type of loving care in God. Second Samuel 22 (and Psalm 18) records his song of praise to God for the ways He had been a refuge for him throughout his life. He recalled, “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears” (2 Samuel 22:7). God had delivered him from his enemies, including King Saul, many times. He praised God for being his fortress and deliverer in whom he took refuge (vv. 2–3).

While our distresses may be small in comparison to David’s, God welcomes us to run to Him to find the shelter we long for. His arms are always open. Therefore we “sing the praises of [His] name” (v. 50).

By:  Anne Cetas

Reflect & Pray

When has God been your refuge? How can you help someone else run to Him?

God, I’m grateful You’ve always been and will always be my secure place to land.

When a Fellow Christian Stumbles

Galatians 6:1-5

One of our responsibilities as part of God’s household is to come alongside a brother or sister who has stumbled. Paul specifies that those “who are spiritual” should restore the fallen, but the word spiritual doesn’t mean some elite group of pious leaders. It refers to Christians who are living under the Holy Spirit’s control and who have an attitude of …

Gentleness. Restoration of a fellow believer doesn’t call for harshness, anger, judgment, or condemnation. Our goal is not to heap pain and guilt upon a hurting brother or sister but rather to show mercy and forgiveness (2 Corinthians 2:5-8).

Humility. Those who have a superior attitude look down on a fallen brother and think, I would never make those mistakes. But the humble know their own vulnerability and can easily put themselves in the other person’s shoes.

Love. When we love others, we will willingly share their burden. This requires an unselfish investment of our time, energy, and prayer on their behalf.

How do you react when a fellow Christian stumbles? One of the ugliest human traits is the tendency to feel better about ourselves when another person misses the mark. Let’s pray that our heart will be filled with compassion instead, and that we’ll come alongside to love and help believers who are distanced from the Lord

Have Righteous Friends

“Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

The phrase “a man is known by the company he keeps” has been used in English-speaking countries since the 1500s. Not only is the saying biblically based, but it is easily observable in everyday life.

Friends Shape Friends: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17). In our text above, James notes that the world’s friendship so contrasts with the heart and mind of God that such a friendship turns our relationship with God into enmity. The apostle John gives the clear reason: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).

Friends Love Each Other: “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you….I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you….These things I command you, that ye love one another” (John 15:14-17). This is pretty simple. If I love the Lord Jesus, and you love the Lord Jesus, then we will love each other—because we have a common friend!

Friends Stick Together: Because of our common love for the Lord Jesus, we do not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25). Neither do we follow the “counsel of the ungodly,” or hang around “in the way of sinners,” or feel at home with “the scornful” (Psalm 1:1), because there is no fellowship in “righteousness with unrighteousness” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Godly people will have godly friends. HMM III

Prophet just Not An Orator

And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

—Isaiah 51:16

 

The Christian minister, as someone has pointed out, is a descendant not of the Greek orator but of the Hebrew prophet.

The differences between the orator and the prophet are many and radical, the chief being that the orator speaks for himself while the prophet speaks for God. The orator originates his message and is responsible to himself for its content. The prophet originates nothing but delivers the message he has received from God who alone is responsible for it, the prophet being responsible to God for its delivery only. The prophet must hear the message clearly and deliver it faithfully, and that is indeed a grave responsibility; but it is to God alone, not to men.   GTM085

Lord, please help me never to rely on my own thoughts or message; give me a word from You as I stand before Your people. Amen.

 

Overflowing Worship

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

—1 Corinthians 3:16

 

There is another kind of divine working that may occur without our being aware of it, or at least without our recognizing it for what it is. This is that wondrous operation of God known in theology as prevenient grace. It may be simple “conviction,” or a strange longing which nothing can satisfy, or a powerful aspiration after eternal values, or a feeling of disgust for sin and a desire to be delivered from its repulsive coils. These strange workings within are the stirrings of the Holy Spirit but are rarely identified as such by the soul that is undergoing the experience.

But there are two acts of God within the life of the seeking man that are never done without his knowledge. One is the miracle of the new birth and the other is the anointing of the Holy Spirit….

The workings of God in the hearts of redeemed men always overflow into observable conduct. Certain moral changes will take place immediately in the life of the new convert. A moral revolution without will accompany the spiritual revolution that has occurred within. WTA088-089

Try your heart by your practice, and your practice by your heart. DTC211

 

Cleansing For Me

1 John 1:9

 

 

Lord, through the blood of the Lamb that was slain,

Cleansing for me;

From all the guilt of my sins now I claim

Cleansing from Thee.

Sinful and black though the past may have been,

Many the crushing defeats I have seen,

Yet on Thy promise, O Lord, now I lean,

Cleansing for me.

 

From all the sins over which I have wept,

Cleansing for me;

Far, far away by the blood-current swept,

Cleansing for me.

Jesus, Thy promise I dare to believe,

And as I come Thou wilt surely receive,

That over sin I may never more grieve,

Cleansing for me.

 

From all the doubts that have filled me with gloom,

Cleansing for me;

From all the fears that would point me to doom,

Cleansing for me.

Jesus, although I may not understand,

In childlike faith now I stretch forth my hand,

And through Thy word and Thy grace I shall stand,

Cleansed by Thee.

 

From all the care of what men think or say,

Cleansing for me;

From ever fearing to speak, sing or pray,

Cleansing for me.

Lord, in Thy love and Thy power make me strong

That all may know that to Thee I belong;

When I am tempted, let this be my song,

Cleansing for me.

Herbert Booth, The Salvation Army Song Book