Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Day of Prayer

How great it is to know that, as we observe the National Day of Prayer, we have a God who actually listens.

The God who sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to redeem mankind is the same God who lovingly calls us to prayer.

"Call to me and I will answer you
and tell you great and unsearchable things
you do not know."
~Jeremiah 33:3

The God who lovingly calls us to prayer is the same omniscient God who knows who we are and what troubles we face.

"Your heavenly Father knows 
that you have need of all these things."
~Matthew 6:32

The God who knows our needs is the same omnipotent God who can do something about them, and will do more than we could ever ask for.

"Now unto him 
who is able to do exceedingly abundantly
above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us . . ."
~Ephesians 3:20

The God who has promised to more than meet our needs is the very same God who hates evil and will stamp it out according to his timetable.

"And I saw a great white throne,
and him that sat on it . . .
and death and hades were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire."
~Revelation 20:11-15

The God who hates evil and will stamp it out according to his timetable is the same God who is coming quickly...

"Behold, I come quickly.
Blessed is he that keeps the words 
the prophecy of this book."
~Revelation 22:7

So on this National Day of Prayer, rather than focus on our problems or persecutors, maybe we should focus on God and His Son--our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ--who prayed specifically for us:  

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world,
but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil . . . 
Neither pray I for these alone,
but for them also who shall believe on me
through their word;
that they all may be one,
as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee . . ."
~John 17:15-21

May we all be one in praising God and thanking him for bearing our great burdens on this National Day of Prayer.

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