PRAYER AND PRAISE
In these early days of 2016, and prior to our leaving for Indonesia and Singapore, for ministry and R&R, I want to echo the words of the psalmist in Psalm 37:25 & 26 “I have been young, and now am old; Yet, I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful (hallelujah) and his descends are blessed”.
After over 64 years a Christian it just gets easier and easier to praise the Lord, not that I am not suggesting that life is a “bed of roses” but our consistently, sovereign merciful God continues to meet all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Eph. 3:19.
WHAT DO I PRAISE AND THANK THE LORD FOR?
Every day, I thank the Lord for, the Blood of Jesus (that has never lost its ancient power), that when I ask Him to search my heart (Psalm 39:23-24) He does just that, and forgives me of any sin, and washes my heart clean, I know He will not listen to me if I have unconfessed sin in my heart (Ps.66:18) but when I clear the decks, I have an “open heaven” as I have come boldly and confidently into His presence, (Heb.4:16) what awesome ACCESS we have to come to Him at anytime, all part of the glorious INHERITANCE we have as born again believers. Everyday I re-affirm He is the LORD of my life, I want to be continually sanctified spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23), and my mind, emotions and will under His control.
As a result of my confession, surrender, thanksgiving and praise, I can’t help but want to bow down and worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. To tell Him I love Him, and adore Him, that he is truly the “Rose of Sharon, the “Lily of the Valley” the “bright and morning star” the “fairest of ten thousand to my soul”, He is uniquely the lover of my soul.
Physically, I now get very tired, and have aches and pains, that I ask Jehovah Rapha to take away so I can more effectively serve the Lord. I can’t help but think about that day when I will receive a new body, that will never ever feel pain or tears or death again. When the healing is not apparent, His GRACE IS ALWAYS SUFFICIENT hallelujah.
The Psalmist is Psalm 66 talks about our descendants, I thank God our children and grandchildren all are loving and serving the Lord, what a glorious inheritance that is.
On Tuesday Margaret and I fly out of Australia, and I want to especially request prayer for us.
For travelling mercies
For health and strength
For anointing and blessing on the ministry
To be a channel of blessing to the many friends we will meet up with
We return to Australia on Tuesday 26th January, so the first month of 2016 will almost be history, my prayer is that the following 11 months will also be months of blessing and fruitful ministry for the Kingdom of God.
Please let me know you are praying for us.