Meditation

03/25/2021

This is what the Lord says: Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations. Make your praises heard, and say, ‘O Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ (Jeremiah31:7)

After the stern prohibitions of 7:16; 11:14; 14:11, God called for this prayer. Israel was to received loudly with the expectation of the salvation of a remnant.

The prayer of praise sometimes needs to be raised for what we expect God to do in the future. So three times Jeremiah was told not to pray for these people, that He would not listen to the faithless people, yet in the end His restoration of His people came about through God’s faithfulness.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You plead for us to have faith, You threaten to let us be swallowed up by an army not yet seen for our faithfulness; You tell Your prophet not to pray for them; yet in the end You had compassion for Your people as they remained unfaithful, yet You were faithful for them and a remnant was saved from itself and for Yourself. Help us, Abba, to always reach out to You in prayer, to keep our communications with You alive and constant, that even when we disobey You, You might save us with Your faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Life offers many choices. Eternity has 2. What’s yours?

KNOWING GOD:

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” (Ezekiel22:30)

This could be be a reference either to a lack of prophets and teachers warning the land or to a lack of intercessors, or both.

At that time, there was a serious shortage of all three, due to the fact that the people were not living into the covenant that they had agreed to; therefore, there were shortages everywhere. We do know that one task of a prophet was intercessory prayer. God wants people strong in prayer to intercede for His sinful people.

I AM:

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

Sinful unbelievers fail to acknowledge God as source of all possessions and joy. Thanksgiving is an integral part of our relationship with God. Creation itself should turn people to give thanks.

Some people consider scientists who say one thing as astonishing, yet do not give a thought to God having given them the knowledge they have as to why they astonish us. I once heard a astrophysicist talking excitedly about how he could prove to his colleagues, that mathematically, intelligent design exists. He was already a believer, but now he could prove it to the men and women he worked with. C.S. Lewis, a prolific author of many books did not believe in God, so he set out to disprove His existence. In his efforts, be came face to face with God and wrote the book, “Mere Christianity.” God is real, beloved and He loves you. Why is it so hard to believe in Him?

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

This, then,, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” (Matthew6:9-13)

The “Model Prayer” both commands and teaches Christians how to pray. The prayer contains six petitions, divided equally. The first three concern God’s holiness and purposes; the second group contain three personal requests. Both types are valid requests, but God’s honor and kingdom must take precedence.

Praying for God’s will to be done is pray for God’s kingdom to come among us, for his kingdom comes when His will is done. Forgiveness comes to the forgiving spirit. Christ taught His disciples to ask the Father to forgive their debts as they forgave their debtors. Those who have become children of God through the new birth have special obligations to members of God’s family and other human beings. Disciples should pray that God will aid us in our struggle with “the evil one,” or Satan. Satan is the source of temptation. We seek God’s guidance in our lives, not Satan’s. We depend on God to lead us away from Satan and his methods.

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