Prayers requested

 

Kitty Wells- I Need the Prayers

 

When Paul starts to pray for those who are following Christ in Thessalonica, I love the fact that he stops and asks them to pray for him and those who work with him.

Finally, brothers,[a] pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored,[b] as happened among you. – 2 Thessalonians 3:1  ESV

It is a request that I should be honouring today. There is a power in the word of God and it should be heard and by the power of the Holy Spirit, obeyed.  The idea is not just by happenchance but with speed, direction and focus. I must pray that the word of God will be honoured and that many others will make a decision to follow Jesus.

Praying for others is so important for their eternal welfare too. My mom is 93 years old and I love knowing that she is praying for me. She is praying that I stay faithful and stay in the love of God – just like Paul prayed.

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5  ESV

I cannot be a disciple if I do not delight in following the steps of Christ.

At the end of the day, my statement to God describes His love for me and my prayer for tomorrow.

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
    and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
     and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
    and bread to strengthen man’s heart. – Psalm 104:14-15  ESV

The oil strikes me most because I know the refining and crushing process it must go through to be the precious oil that it is. May I be found praying for others as much as I desire to be prayed for so this fruit of our labour may be shared with both of us.

 

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Holiness

 

Take My Life (Holiness) Uplifting Version by Passionate Praise

 

Holiness was the name of a study by Jerry Bridges, published by NavPress, that was at the beginning of my life growing deeper as a follower of Christ.

There are two things to realise – there is the fight against sin and lack of success. They might look like they are contradictory but I think we might be thinking of failing and becoming a failure, which are in fact just that. I know I am going to fail.

“The righteous man always resembles more a loser than a victor, for the Lord lets him be tested and assailed to his utmost limits as gold is tested in a furnace.”  – Martin Luther

This is an important part of discipleship, especially in my eyes as I am in my mid 50’s and still learning to persevere through my failures. Failure does not make me quit, it makes me repent more diligently and press on, not in my strength, but in the Spirit’s.

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body[a] and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. – 2 Corinthians 7:1  ESV

Here is Paul’s strong message to the Corinthian church for holiness. The very next verse he gives a secret to how that journey begins.

Make room in your hearts[b] for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. – 2 Corinthians 7:2  ESV

If you can carry unholiness in your heart, there must be room there for you to carry holiness too.

This verse is definitely dealing with impurity of some kind and there seems to be a darker element here than in any of his previous writings to the church. Money usually plays a part in some of the misunderstanding between Paul and the church and that is why he never asks this church for support. I believe this church found themselves partying just as hard as their secular neighbours and if not, they tolerated it for sure and they were part of their friendship circles.

No wonder there were rumours that the Agape or the Feasts of Love, were scenes of complete senselessness.

In case you were looking for good news – the Corinth church did in fact repent and beautifully responded to Titis’ visit.  Good news indeed.

 

 

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