Praying For Each Other

By , August 21, 2018

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the glorious Father,
may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation,
so that you may know him better.”
Ephesians 1:17 NIV

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I have heard more “God bless” prayers than I needed to hear. Even as a young Christian I had trouble with prayers where a Christian would say, “God bless this missionary and that one. Lord we remember so and so.”

I often wondered which specific blessing was being asked for when such a prayer was offered. Or when someone prayed and “remembered” a person but did not ask the Lord for anything I was confused.

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Don’t Waste Your Suffering

By , August 20, 2018

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV

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As far as I can recall I have never heard a sermon on the topic of today’s meditation. Because suffering is difficult to bear, most of us wish to be free from such experiences.

Certainly the preferred state is to have health, a modest amount of wealth, fine relationships with our family and friends, and children who make us proud of them.

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Watch Where You Walk

By , August 18, 2018

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.”
Psalm 138:7 NIV

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The Psalmist speaks of his journey through life as “walking”. He tells us that he finds walking a troublesome exercise. What the “trouble” was is not stated by the writer. This means any of his readers may put themselves in his place and say what he does about his or her trouble.

I recall speaking from this Psalm many years ago at a prayer meeting in the church I served at the time. One delightful deacon spoke to me after the meeting and said with great sincerity that his life was one devoid of trouble, and he counted himself blessed to be free from the difficulties that so many Christians seem to have in life. Of course I congratulated him on being in such an enviable situation.

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Thanks For The Thorn

By , August 17, 2018

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

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When we consider the varieties of difficulties in life we are right to resist their presence in our lives. It is appropriate to seek an easy road to travel on as we make our way to the city of God. But life has a way of giving us what Paul calls a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7). A physical limitation is what the apostle refers to using the metaphor “thorn”.

We all know the story of Paul’s thorn and how he had three distinct and special times of prayer to the Lord asking for the removal of the thorn. Wisely Paul does not tell us what the thorn was so anyone who is restricted physically in any manner can readily identify with the apostle.

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The Incomparable Christ

By , August 16, 2018

“…He was despised and we did not esteem Him.”
Isaiah 53:3

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One of Canada’s most beautiful sights is the Niagara Falls. It is on the Niagara River which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. Its flow rate is higher than most falls in the world. As you drive closer to the site you hear the thunderous roar of the water as it cascades over the cataract and falls down into the river below. As the most powerful waterfall in North America it has long been a source of hydro-electric power. Standing in the observation area one is thrilled at the spectacular sights and sounds of the falls.

It is a wonder to visitors but those who live in the area soon become complacent at the majestic sight and the sense of wonder is soon displaced by an attitude of indifference. Such is the human mindset.

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