John Knox and Prayer

Today is Wednesday (Hump Day), May 2, 2018. Day 21,965.

11 days until Mother’s Day.

Lou Gramm (Foreigner), turns 68 today. He said, “I gave my life to Christ about 1991.” BrainyQuote I remember him singing with John Schlitt on one of the Petra Praise albums, back in the nineties.

The word for today is palindrome, a noun which means, “a word, verse, or sentence or a number that reads the same backward or forward. “Madam I’m Adam.” is one. “A car, a man, a maraca” is another. Obviously, punctuation is not regarded.

The Red Sox lost to the Royals, 7-6, in thirteen innings. Very discouraging. The “best” team is having so much trouble with one of the worst teams. I guess that is typical, though. The Yankees won, so the Sox are two games up in the AL East. They are tied with the D-backs for the best MLB record.

The Rangers had a good outing against Cleveland, beating them 8-6, after Kela gave up a game-tying grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Rangers really need a closer. Unfortunately, pitching has never been high on Jon-boy’s radar. The Rangers remain in last place, eight games behind the Astros.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 
You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah. 
You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. 
Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! 
Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? 
Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. 
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. 
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. 
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 
Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. 
Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 
Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way. 

Psalm 85

This is a beautiful Psalm, in my opinion. I wish I could hear the music that went with it. “Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.” Then the plea to hear what God will say, because “he will speak peace to his people.” There is the encouragement to “not turn back to folly.” That is always a danger. I experience that danger on a regular basis. Sometimes, I fail. But God always speaks peace to me and restores my soul, just as Psalm 23 describes.

The sheer poetry of verses 10-11 has always been attractive to me. “Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.”

I’m running behind, this morning, but I have to share this, nonetheless.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25

In today’s Daily Guideposts, writer Debbie Macomber shares a story about John Knox, the “founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.” On his deathbed, he asked his wife to read Scripture to him. As she read, she noticed that he began to pray out loud, “his voice growing slower and dimmer. Then, as he prayed for those he loved, his spirit slipped from his body and joined Jesus in heaven.” What a testimony!

Like Debbie, I have struggled with prayer, over the years. I have had bouts of strong prayer activity, then stretches where I hardly pray at all. I am shamed by the latter. Sometimes, I write prayers, such as at the end of this daily blog. Lately, I try to have ongoing conversations with God throughout the day.

John Knox was a powerful pray-er, and he died praying. As Debbie says, “This is what I want for my relationship with God, a life of prayer that is so engrained that communication with Him is simply part of my every thought and deed. And when it comes time for me to leave this earth, I want it to be with a prayer on my lips.”

Amen!

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Jeremiah 33:3
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2

Father, keep me in prayer. I have begun to reach out for prayer requests again. Lead me to pray more and more for people every day. You brought me into intercession a few years ago. Help me to return to that mode of life and stay in it, to the praise of your glorious grace, and for your great name’s sake!
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Grace and peace, friends.

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Ticks On the Stopwatch of the Eternal

Today is Thursday, August 10, 2017. Day 21,700. Only nine more days until S’s and J’s birthday!!

Quote of the Day

“Everyone’s a hero in their own way, in their own not that heroic way.” ~ Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2008
The Quotations Page

Word of the Day

Palindrome, a noun, meaning, “a word, line, verse, number, sentence, etc., reading the same backward as forward, as Madam, I’m Adam or Poor Dan is in a droop.” Or, as a Mental Floss t-shirt once said,

Today is the day that we celebrate that iconic eighties group, Duran Duran. Yes, it’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day. I think I posted the same video last year, but I like the song, so too bad.

I’m running quite short on time because I decided to do a book review before starting this. So, on to the important stuff.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!
Psalm 68:3
Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand;
Psalm 10:12
Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.
Psalm 21:13
Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!
Psalm 98:1
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people 
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, 
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

Luke 1:68-70

(From The President’s Devotional)

. . . as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

“Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, ‘Christ is risen,’ but ‘I shall rise.'” ~ Phillips Brooks, in Herald Gospel of Liberty, vol. 114

In today’s reading, called, “Immortal,” Joshua DuBois writes, “Immortal. Imagine that.

“This frame of ours, as delicate as rice paper after a rain, lasts just a few ticks on the stopwatch of the eternal.

“But as Christ rose and lives, so shall we. The deeper part of us lives on. It makes one think about which parts to cultivate.”

“Dear God, fix my eyes on what is unseen, not just what’s seen. Remind me of the brevity of this life and the length of my life with you. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.