Today is Monday, May 21, 2018. Day 21,984.
Seven days until Memorial Day.
“As a Christian, you forgive, and you feed the hungry and clothe the naked, and you visit the sick and comfort the lonely. If I’m a true follower of my lord and saviour Jesus Christ, I got to do the things you’re supposed to be doing.” ~ Mr. T, born on this date in 1952. (BrainyQuote)
The word for today is adultescent, a noun which means, “a young adult or middle-aged person who has interests, traits, etc., that are usually associated with teenagers.” Haha! I guess, by some peoples’ estimates, that would make me an adultescent!
We had a nice day, yesterday. It started out with a really good rain while we were getting ready for our worship gathering. It was a challenging morning, as we got everything set up and going, though. The person who pulls the trailer up to the front door was late, but we still got everything up and running in time to rehearse our songs and have our small prayer gathering at 9:45.
We departed from our normal steak and potatoes late lunch, yesterday, because C had a meeting to go to at 5:00 PM, about church by-laws and other such stuff. It was about more than that, but I really can’t say anything else at this point in time. While she was gone to her meeting, I finally finished Dragon Age: Origins, the game I have been playing on the X-Box 360 (yes, I still have one of those, and no, I don’t have an X-Bone) since shortly after my birthday. The final battle was a doozy and took me four hours to finish. That, of course, includes dying four or six or twelve times; I lost count. I seriously almost wept when that dragon finally died. (See above word of the day.) I suppose it will be on to Dragon Age II, next, which I also got for my birthday.
Today, it’s Monday again. I suppose C and I will go to the Y tonight, so we’ll be having Subway sandwiches for dinner.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together
before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
More beautiful praise to the Lord, telling the world to make a joyful noise to the Lord! Even the seas and rivers are to join in with their praise!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Power In Prayer is a book of excerpts from the great spiritual writer, Andrew Murray. The chapter I read this morning is called “Power for Prayer and Work.”
In this chapter, Murray shows us the difference between Jesus’s opening monologue to his disciples (the Sermon on the Mount), and the final discourse in the closing chapters of the Gospel of John.
In the Sermon, Jesus teaches his new disciples principles of prayer, showing them that they, like children, need to depend on the Father to give them good gifts, and to pray in faith.
In this final discourse, the focus is shifted. Jesus has called them friends, and has told them everything that the Father has given him to tell them. They are now to carry on his work in the world, even doing greater works than he did!
“Prayer is to be the channel through which that power is received for their work. With Christ’s ascension to the Father, a new epoch begins, both for their work and for their life of prayer.”
Those who would work must pray! We get power for our work in prayer. While this may seem like a simple instruction, we cannot overestimate the truth of the matter. If we try to “work” without first praying, even if our work seems successful, it will not be as fruitful as it could or should be.
We are now carrying on the work of those first disciples in our world. And we must, must pray!
Father, thank you for calling me to a life of prayer. But I confess that I do not spend enough time in prayer. Remind me, daily, by your Spirit, that I need to pray. I need planned times of prayer, such as these devotions and my drive time to work, as well as constant, spontaneous prayer, throughout the day. Help me to remember.
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.