Psa 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
How thankful have we been? We, by habit, are a complaining people. How many are complaining about shelter-in-place. We could complain and howl but give some thought to what is happening. Families are reconnecting that have been disconnected for so long because of too many activities that separated families. I prefer assembling as a church but thanks to shelter-in-place, my message of Jesus on Wednesday and Sunday have reached New York, New Jersey and six other states and almost 200 people. I am so thankful for this opportunity. Have we been offering thanks and paying our vows to the most High?
Notice this qualification: immediately after this statement, God offers for us to call upon Him in the day of trouble. Recently my calling upon God in the day of trouble has been prayers for our nation. Prayers by myself and church members and many others have been offered for other church members, a missionary who has contracted the corona virus and is in the hospital and his family that also have corona virus. We are praying for a baby in the hospital that had open heart surgery and will undergo at least one more surgery. Prayers have been offered up for a friend, mother, and wife that was rushed to the hospital with a possible stroke. Days of trouble are answered by the Lord and His deliverance is available which will glorify God when offer thanksgiving unto the Lord and pay our vows. Vows here means promises. Lord if you will heal our nation and those suffering from health issues, I promise to learn more about you. This is a vow, a promise to God. Let us be a thankful, promise fulfilling people and thereby glorify God.
Daily prayer diminishes your cares.
Joh_17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
It’s too late when – you know all the answers, but nobody ask you the question.
I Kings 18:37; Psalm 91:15; Luke 11:9
Prayer should be an important element in our life. I do believe that those pray regularly see their prayers answered. When all others around us are discourage and turning their back on God, prayer warriors are sorely needed. Elijah was a prayer warrior. God strengthened him for what God needed him to do. His prayer was not loud and boisterous nor self-centered. It was simply sent through heavens gates to touch the ear of God almighty. It was a simple request for the demonstration of God’s great and mighty power in consuming a water drench sacrifice offered to God. Such a simple prayer. “Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou aret the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.” Would it not be wonderful to hear this prayer offered of an evening to God that this day, may the hearts of the people be turned back to God?
God has made a promise to us. “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.” When we make the Lord our habitation, our dwelling place and continually turn to Him, we find that he knows us. We become familiar because He is our heavenly father and desires to cover us with His wings according to verse 4 of the 91 st. Psalm. Verse 11 speaks of His angels he has charged to keep us in our ways. Through our simple prayers, not only can we communicate with God, but we can plead with Him to change the hearts of people that have turned away from Him.
We need the faith to ask, seek and knock. The desire of our heavenly father is that His people will turn to Him. His desire is that the lost be saved by trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ. May we raise a chorus of prayers to heaven that the Holy Spirit will touch hearts today, convict the lost of their need for a savior, and that those that have grown cold will yield and turn to serve. What is your prayer today?
Life is fragile, handle with prayer.
You deny yourself when you don’t pray.
is the key
Anything that distracts us from vital prayer
our lives is a treacherous thing. It steals
us the blessings the Father longs to bestow,
it takes from the Father
glory he so richly deserves.
Faith is the medium of exchange in heaven.
you need an answer to prayer,
a little faith.
CHALLENGE OF THE MUSTARD SEED?
It is nothing short of staggering! Jesus said if one had faith as a grain of mustard seed, he could remove mountains. Matt. 13 & 17. Now think with me for a minute about this.
The tiny mustard seed slips through the fingers of a clinched fist, yet it makes a tree-like plant. The possibility is simple but awesomely complex: God programmed it to do so. Were the tiny mustard seed blessed with a brain, it would surely object to the prospect.
The mustard seed might say, “do not plant me in the ground. It is cold, dark and lonely there, and I would not be happy.” It may also offer: “to expect me to produce a mighty plant is ridiculous.” Furthermore, it might offer: “even if I did sprout, the chances are too great that a flood or drought would kill me, and if that were not enough, the sod is too hard to break, and even if I did someone would step on me, and that would be the end of that.” The negative odds are overwhelming.
I submit that the success of the mustard seed lies in its absence of a brain, so it simply does what God programmed it to do. One cannot escape the idea that if the tiny mustard seed succeeds in such a mighty, formidable task, what could the Christian do who is resigned to follow the will of God? Regardless of the “mountains” of potential opposition, he would accomplish mighty things!
Dwelling on the subject at hand reminds one of an old story. It seems a tavern was to be built in a town that had always been dry. Christians in that town opposed it and called for a prayer rally. They asked God to intervene in the proposal. The next day, lightening struck the tavern then under construction and it burned down. The tavern owner filed a lawsuit against the town churches, declaring them responsible for his loss. The churches hired a lawyer, and denied all responsibility. Responding to this unique case, the judge declared that regardless of how the case comes out, it is evident that the tavern owner believes in prayer and the churches do not.
Ouch! That is close enough to home to hurt! Yet, it illustrates human reaction in contrast to mustard seed programming.
But is it possible to have faith as a grain of mustard seed? Readers should consider the faith of Job in agony; of Daniel in the lion’s den; of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace; of the church praying for imprisoned Peter; of Prisoner Paul in cold, wet shipwreck. If that is not enough, some time should be spent meditating on the eleventh chapter of Hebrews.
The apostle Peter walked on water so long as his attention was on Jesus, but the sad reality of modern day saints is that they are like those other disciples on the sea that night: they never get out of the boat. “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed. . . “