Meditation

05/10/2022

May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien, the land God gave to Abraham.” (Genesis 28:3-4)

Isaac prayed for the preservation of the covenant made with Abraham (12:1-3). Part of prayer beloved, is to ask that the known will of God be done in our personal and community actions and relationships. It all begins, when we reveal our own desire to continue in a loving relationship with Him, and then to show our commitment to Him in obedience to His commitment to Him.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of God’s will for our lives and our personal relationship to seek His will in our lives. Abba, we seek Your will for us, commit ourselves to serving You with love and obedience to Your will. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack for God’s supplies.”

KNOWING GOD:

So he said, ‘Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.’ And Saul offered up the burnt offering. ‘You acted foolishly,’ Samuel said. ‘You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all tie.’” (1st Samuel 13:9, 13)

Saul had been anointed king,, but kingly anointing was not priestly anointing. Samuel had explained the “regulations of the kingship’ and had solemnly place them ‘before the Lord’ (10:25). Prayer and worship must be done in the will of God, not at the whim of a ruler.

I AM:

Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will furn the responsibilities of taking care of the daily distribution of food and care for the widows and poor over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word to them. This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of he Holy Spirit; also Phillip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Paremas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented them men up to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.” (Acts 6:3-6)

The seven men chosen to assist the Twelve are not identified as deacons, but the verb “to wait on” (Greek diakonein) comes from the same root as the noun (Greek diakonos) translated into English as deacon. The special responsibilities of the seven involved practical service to those in need within the congregation of the church and also to the community outside of the church. Keep in mind ordination does not elevate one anyone to a superior position in the church, nor does it convey any special rights. The ordained acknowledge in public that they are willingly accepting the responsibilities for whatever ministry they are “called to do.” Church leaders are chosen and set apart for service under God’s leadership gained in and through sincere prayer.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”” (John 12:27-28)

Jesus demonstrated in prayer His determination to do the will of God. If we have no sincere prayer life, how can we say we are doing the will of God? How many times have we read that Jesus moved away by Himself to pray. This was just one of many ways in which we were given an example of how to stay in the will of God, and it is simply in our prayer lives. We must move away, either to a room or closet in our homes that allows us to pray in silence and without distractions. So much of what Jesus did, not just said, was for the benefit of believers. We are to pray about all things and then allow God to reveal His will to us as only He can. Our willingness to pray along with our commitment to go where we are not distracted, allows us to hear God’s will and then through obedience, to follow His will. To be a Christian, takes much more than just belief, it takes action on our part. Blessings to all!

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