Keep looking up!
First we must look at a couple of things about ourselves and about this world around us. We need to take a honest look within ourselves to see if something is there that hinders our hearts from being poured out before our Lord God in prayer. Not JUST prayer, but fervent prayer.
FERVENT / Fervently – to be hot, to boil, to glow; to swell with heat. FERVENCY- Heat of mind; ardor (heat or warmth such as from the sun rays);eagerness. ..passionate. FERVENTLY -earnestly; eagerly; vehemently- (means with great force and violence; urgently; forcibly; with great zeal)
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
It is happening. I MUST BEGIN TO PRAY LIKE I DID IN THE PAST. I must pray like that for my husband, for my sons, for my husband’s grown children, and for our 5 grandchildren. I might not be able to do anything else for them but WHY AM I NOT FERVENTLY PRAYING FOR THEM AS I DID WHEN I HURT SO MUCH? Has my love for the lost in my family began to grow cold? Perhaps it has. I have began to feel so alone in my faith that it feels like the world around me is only unbelief. I must begin praying in a bigger way! I must pour out my heart before the Lord again in a way and a level that I haven’t in awhile.
Psalm 50:15 says,
And call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
I love this verse. Our Father desires His children to call out to Him when we are in trouble or distressed. He desires to help His children. He wants the best for us. He will deliver us AND THEN. …it will GLORIFY HIM! How awesome is that? How often do we think about us crying out to our Father in Heaven doing anything other than helping us in our distress? We try doing it on our own which isn’t what God tells His people. We are also missing opportunity to glorify the Father. We are supposed to glorify Him in all we do and yet we often miss a basic daily opportunity to do just that.
If anyone is still reading this then I pray with FERVENCY that God will bless you and keep you and one day I look forward to meeting all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!
How many of us in 2017 really know what the meaning of the word fervent means? So often we think we know what something means but do we really ‘get’ the underlying truth to a word? Look up words, even those you claim to understand. May I also suggest that you purchase an 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster. This has been one of my best investments other than that of the King James Bible. Any other dictionary along with new versions sometimes change the meaning of words with the times. I personally desire to know what the word originally meant. What did it mean when it was translated into our language?
May this bless all who listen.
So thankful God gave us this man! The church needed a stern talking to! Including me!
Beautiful testimony. ..moving from darkness to the light. The true light. Not a light that can be blown out but a light that will shine brightly wherever it goes! Jesus Christ still lives! He is still coming to all to seek Him, to all who cry out to Him, to any who hear Him knocking on their hearts ! He loves you and wants to come in. You have to ask Him, you have to open the door and don’t give up, keep seeking the only One who has the power to save! God bless you all. God is not finished yet!
No matter how alone.
No matter how sad.
No matter how hungry.
No matter how scared.
The Lord God Almighty is always there so never fall for the lies of the one who is only here to steal, kill and to destroy you. God will rescue you into His arms after your test is over. NEVER give up. Never give in. THANK YOU JESUS!
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
If you have ever doubted that the Lord delights in you, read these verses carefully and meditate upon the breathtaking love of God. As a loving Father, His thoughts are on us so much more than I think we credit to Him. I am often too quick to speak with God as if I’m taking time away from His already busy schedule. I treat Him as if He was doing something else before I started praying. The truth, as always, shatters the lie into pieces. When we begin to pray, His full attention has already been on us, because God’s attention can be fully on everything and everyone at once. The magnitude of who He is and what He is capable of so often escapes us, and we make the mistake of living according to that false view of Him. Infused with the truth of God’s love, live free in Christ Jesus!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.