Happy New Year!
At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and leaned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.“” (Matthew 11:25–26)
This prayer is a revelation of how God manifests Himself by making it difficult for those who see themselves as wise to understand but making it clear and simple for those who are open to and subject to learning form Him. Jesus was a walking parable of this truth. He came to reveal God as a simple Carpenter, born in humble surroundings. His simple background made it difficult for the established leaders to understand or even accept. He was God’s only Son, and our clearest revelation of the Father.
To know Christ is to see and know the Father, who reveals Him. In the same way, Christ the Son has the key to knowing God the Father and is the manifestation which reveals all about God any human ever needs to know. Jesus praised the Father for the way He worked. His prayers rejoiced in agreement with God the Father. The worldly wise are likely to miss the wisdom of faith, and His example is by far, one we ought to model in our own lives.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, sometimes we can be so full of ourselves, seemingly to try and convince others of our knowledge of God. Yet, the message here is so simply that many who think they know so much more than others, miss the whole point. It is our relationship with God through our Savior Jesus Christ, that makes all the difference. We are to go humbly before His throne of grace, praise Him and thanking Him for our relationship with Him. By recognizing God alone as our Father in heaven, we also acknowledge that He is God and we are not! Sweet Abba, we thank You for the blessings in our lives, and those things that give us the most challenges, we know You are standing right beside us in good times and the bad. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Knowledge puffs you up—Love lifts you up.”
“Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance wit all that is written there concerning us. Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the prophetess Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem, in the Second District.” (2ndKings22:13–14)
Beloved, God’s Word is the standard by which God’s people can measure their obedience. God’s people must preserve and learn God’s Word to know what sin is. Josiah heard the Book of he Law found by the priests in the Temple and recognized that Judah had been unfaithful to God’s standards. He knew God was angry and sin had alienated the people from God. Ignorance of God’s Word did not exempt Judah from the Lord’s anger. They were guilty because they had neglected God’s Word. Beloved, Whether rejection is expressed by neglect or by disobedience, it still makes a people guilty and alienates them from God. I don’t care how many people agree with you, if it is wrong according to the Word of God, it is still wrong. Justification, only makes it worse, because you already have acknowledged it it wrong. Josiah sought to know the meaning of God’s written Word for his day and he found it by inquiring of God. We should do no less. Bible study is important, in helping each one of us on our own daily actions. To understand God’s Word, begin with a prayer, seeking His help in helping us to clearly understand the Word and how it applies to our daily lives.
“Prayer, Salvation Received”: (Luke23:42–43)
“Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’
This is an example of a very simply yet, very effective prayer. The man on crucified next to Jesus had already acknowledged that he and his friend were being punished as a result of their actions, but Jesus had done nothing wrong at all. By his request, he is also acknowledging that Jesus is who He was, the Son of God. By asking Jesus to “remember him when He came into His kingdom,” he was asking for salvation and it was granted to him. Beloved, it is never too late to pray this prayer while the body has breath. The criminal’s prayer was answered. You can pray the same prayer in faith and be sure He will answer you too.
Second Thought of the Day:
“God whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.” (Romans1:9-10)
Never, will you ever hear a more sincere and compassionate prayer of one who witnesses their desire to come into God’s kingdom. Furthermore, Paul acknowledges how he prays for others, individuals and communities, specifically in this instance, he is speaking to those in Rome.
Virtually all Paul’s recorded prayers are for the purpose of advancing God’s work and kingdom. Even his petition to go to Rome, personal as it seems, had spiritual purposes in view. This is a lesson for us all, beloved, that our prayers have power contained in them, as long as we are speaking from our hearts and minds. Clear?