VIDEO Yes, Lord!

She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is come into the world.” John 11:27

“Trading My Sorrows” was a popular praise song of a few years ago, and it had a rather simple chorus: “Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord.” 

That’s a wonderfully biblical phrase. In Matthew 9:28, when the blind men came to Jesus requesting healing, He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said, “Yes, Lord.” When Jesus asked His disciples if they understood His parables, they said, “Yes, Lord” (Matthew 13:51). When Jesus spoke to the woman of Canaan who begged Him to help her daughter, she said, “Yes, Lord” (Matthew 15:27). When Jesus told Martha that He was the resurrection and the life, she said, “Yes, Lord” (John 11:27). And when Jesus said to Peter, “Do you love Me more than these?” Peter replied, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You” (John 21:15).

In every way and at every moment, is that your heart’s response? When we say “Yes” to God, He will work in amazing ways in our lives. Our desire and prayer is, “Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord”!

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I Am the Resurrection and the Life, Part 1 (John 11:17–36)

The Privilege of Prayer

Give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees.1 Chronicles 29:19

Country artist Chris Stapleton’s deeply personal song, “Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore,” was inspired by his own father’s prayers for him. The poignant lyrics reveal the reason his father’s prayers ended: not disillusionment or weariness, but his own death. Stapleton imagines that now, instead of speaking with Jesus in prayer, his dad is walking and talking face-to-face with Jesus. 

Stapleton’s recollection of his father’s prayers for him brings to mind a biblical father’s prayer for his son. As King David’s life ebbed away, he made preparations for his son Solomon to take over as the next king of Israel. 

After assembling the nation together to anoint Solomon, David led the people in prayer, as he’d done many times before. As David recounted God’s faithfulness to Israel, he prayed for the people to remain loyal to Him. Then he included a personal prayer specifically for his son, asking God to “give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees” (1 Chronicles 29:19).

We too have the remarkable privilege to faithfully pray for the people God has placed in our lives. Our example of faithfulness can make an indelible impact that will remain even after we’re gone. Just as God continued to work out the answers to David’s prayers for Solomon and Israel after he was gone, so too the impact of our prayers outlives us.

By:  Lisa M. Samra

Reflect & Pray

How have someone’s prayers made a significant impact on your life? How might you encourage others with your prayers?

Heavenly Father, I bring my loved ones before You and ask that You would work out Your plans in their lives.

Read Talking with My Father: Jesus Teaches on Prayer at DiscoverySeries.org/HP171.

How Do We Follow Jesus?

Matthew 4:18-25

When Jesus called His disciples, they immediately dropped everything and followed Him. We might think that following Christ was easier then because He was physically present with them. Those men walked with Him, heard His instructions, and saw His interactions with people. But since we can’t see, hear, or touch Jesus, how do we follow Him today?

When Christ was about to leave this earth, He told His disciples it was to their advantage that He go away because then the Helper could come (John 16:7). He was speaking of the Holy Spirit, who would soon indwell believers (John 14:16-17). The internal presence of the third member of the Trinity is the closest guidance possible, an amazing gift from God to those first-century disciples—and to us.

Today we follow Jesus by heeding His Holy Spirit, who speaks through Scripture and brings its principles to mind. The Spirit guides us each step of the way and teaches us the truths of God. But His work goes beyond that, transforming us from the inside out and enabling us to live righteously. He helps us discern God’s will and then gives us the desire and strength to serve obediently.

He Rides Upon the Heaven In Thy Help

There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.” (Deuteronomy 33:26)

Chapter 33 of Deuteronomy contains the last recorded words of a truly great man, Moses, “whom the LORD knew face to face” (34:10). Many times Moses had addressed the people of Israel with mixed blessing and warning, listing conditions for blessing and the inevitable results of rejecting God’s plan. But here, as he prepared for his impending death (32:48-52), Moses spoke only of God’s majestic character and the privileges of those who serve Him.

The God of Jeshurun (literally “upright,” here a symbolic name for Israel) is an active God, for He rides in His excellency across the heaven to help us, as we see in our text. He strongly acts on our behalf. “The eternal God is [our] refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (33:27). He is not like the gods of the heathen, who do nothing.

Next, He is a God of grandeur. Here He rides across the sky and the heaven; elsewhere we are told that He “rideth upon the heavens of heavens” (Psalm 68:33). He walks (104:3) and flies (18:10) “upon the wings of the wind.” “The LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nahum 1:3).

Finally, God is eternal. The “eternal God” with “everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27) assures us of eternal victory. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18).

Such was Moses’ God and the God whom we serve today— the One who showers us with incomparable blessings. Indeed, “who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD” (Deuteronomy 33:29) to have such a One as our God? JDM

He Always Knows

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. —Hebrews 4:15-16

Don’t pity yourself Don’t be afraid to tell God your troubles. He knows all about your troubles. There is a little song that says, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen,” but there’s Somebody who knows, all right. And our Fellow Sufferer still retains a fellow feeling for our pains and still remembers in the skies His tears, His agonies and cries, though He’s now at the right hand of the Father Almighty, sitting crowned in glory, awaiting, of course, that great coronation day that yet is to come. But though He is there and though they cry all around Him, “Worthy is the Lamb” (Revelation 5:12), He hasn’t forgotten us, and He hasn’t forgotten the nails in His hands, the tears, the agonies and cries.

He knows everything about you. He knows! He knows when the doctor hates to tell you what’s wrong with you and your friends come and try to be unnaturally encouraging. He knows!

With boldness, therefore, at the throne

Let us make all our sorrows known

And ask the aid of heavenly power

To help us in the evil hour.   AOG094-095

Thank You, Lord, for this encouragement. Thank You that You know and understand. Amen.

Simply, Plainly, Intimately

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. —John 15:9

God takes great pleasure in having a helpless soul come to Him simply and plainly and intimately. He takes pleasure in having us come to Him. This kind of Christianity doesn’t draw big crowds. It draws only those who have their hearts set on God, who want God more than they want anything else in the world. These people want the spiritual experience that comes from knowing for Himself. They could have everything stripped away from them and still have God.

These people are not vastly numerous in any given locality. This kind of Christianity doesn’t draw big crowds, but it is likely to draw the hungriest ones, and thirstiest ones and some of the best ones.

And so God takes great pleasure in having helpless people come to Him, simply and plainly and intimately. He wants us to come without all that great overloading of theology. He wants us to come as simply and as plainly as a little child. And if the Holy Spirit touches you, you’ll come like that.AOG030-031

To be able to look into God’s face, and know with the knowledge of faith that there is nothing between the soul and Him, is to experience the fullest peace the soul can know. JAS062

Please Send the Fire Now

Luke 3:16

Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame,

Send the fire!

Thy blood-bought gift today we claim,

Send the fire!

Look down and see this waiting host,

Give us the promised Holy Ghost,

We want another Pentecost,

Send the fire!

God of Elijah, hear our cry:

Send the fire!

To make us fit to live or die,

Send the fire!

To burn up every trace of sin,

To bring the light and glory in,

The revolution now begin,

Send the fire!

‘Tis fire we want, for fire we plead,

Send the fire!

The fire will meet our every need,

Send the fire!

For strength to ever do the right,

For grace to conquer in the fight,

For power to walk the world in white,

Send the fire!

To make our weak hearts strong and brave,

Send the fire!

To live a dying world to save,

Send the fire!

O see us on Thy altar lay

Our lives, our all, this very day,

To crown the offering now we pray,

Send the fire!

William Booth, The Salvation Army Song Book