Tuesday, 16 February 2016
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and SPENT THE NIGHT PRAYING TO GOD. When morning came, He CALLED His disciples to Him and CHOSE twelve of them, whom He also designated apostles: Simon (whom He named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. Luke 5:12-16
Wow! Jesus spent the night praying before He appointed the Twelve Apostles. Someone might ask, “Did Jesus make a mistake when He chose Judas Iscariot?” I don’t think so. Throughout the Bible, we see God working through difficult times and difficult people. We see God’s hand working for the good of those who loved Him, who had been called according to His purpose. God can see the end from the beginning. We cannot.
Indeed, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Again and again, God says,
"Above all powers, above all kings; Above all nature and all created things; Above all wisdom and all the ways of man; You were here before the world began; Above all kingdoms, above all thrones; Above all wonders the world has ever known; Above all wealth and treasures of the earth; There’s no way to measure what You’re worth; Crucified, laid behind a stone; You lived to die, rejected and alone; Like a rose trampled on the ground; You took the fall and thought of me; Above all …" (Song: Above All)
Inspired by our pastor, I decided to pray the Lord’s prayer everyday at noon for 40 days:
“Our Father, who art in heaven; Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen!”
Please join us. Just imagine our Father looking down from heaven and hearing our united prayer ...
His words “go and do likewise” often resonate in my spirit. I know the voice of the Lord when He speaks, “… I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12
Joni Eareckson Tada: That’s the way God intends it to be. He shows grace to us, and we, in turn, show grace to others. We who have been given much, give. We who have been forgiven much, forgive. We who have received thoughtful treatment, dispense it liberally in return. We who have been loved with such incomprehensible love, pour out our lives on behalf of others.
Dear Father God,
Remind us of Your Amazing Grace especially at times when someone is hurting us or making us angry. Let every one of us be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19 NASB) for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that You desire.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Lam Yee Ling