The Son of God

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The Bible clearly declares Jesus of Nazareth to be the Son of God. There are many passages that speak of His unique title. Here are a few reminders of when these occur in scripture:

On the announcement of His birth, Mary heard from the angel that the child born to her would be called by this name:

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).

Even the demons and unclean spirits knew who He was:

Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah (Luke 4:41); Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and shout, “You are the Son of God!” (Mark 3:11)

And, of course, our Heavenly Father makes this proclamation for all to hear:

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

Heavenly Father,

We worship your Son, Jesus of Nazareth, as the Son of God. For you so loved the world that you gave your one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For you did not send your Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son (John 3:16-18).

Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus of Nazareth, to reveal the depth of your love for us. You have set us free from all condemnation. To you be all the glory! Amen.

What Is Love?

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)

We are nothing, and we gain nothing without love. We may boast in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but they too will cease, and they will pass away for something greater. When we see God face to face, and know Him as we are fully known, then love will be truly manifested. For we will see Him as He is, and we will be known as we are.

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you for your great love. You are patient with us, wanting no one to perish. You are kind and bring us to repentance. You desire the very best for us, having humbled yourself in Jesus, and calling us by your name. You honor us with your presence, causing all things to work together for our good, and you are not easily angered. Our sin has been remembered no more, because Jesus took it away. You do not rejoice in evil, but rejoice with us in the truth, and Jesus is the truth. You always protect us, you are completely trustworthy, forever our hope is in you, and you know how to help us to persevere. Thank you for your love, for your love never fails. Amen.

An Atmosphere Of Healing

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Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)

As you look for healing in your body, you can ask Jesus for His words of grace. His words are soft and gentle, and they are soothing to the soul. They cause you to be still, and to know that He is God. His words of full of life, rest and peace, and they are exactly what your body needs to recover from any sickness or injury.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

Fill your heart with things that bring you joy. Let His joy be your strength, and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you. Jesus is your great physician, and in His presence there is fullness of joy. Your spirit can be revitalized, and your bones can be renewed with His life. Receive His joy, and let your body rest, to bring you to full recovery.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

Jesus has been pierced for our transgressions – breaking the law – and the curse of Adam and Eve’s sin. He has been crushed for our hostility towards God. His payment for our sin has brought us peace with God, and the peace of God.  His punishment, on our behalf, means we are healed by His wounds, for He died to set us free.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

May you be gracious to me, as I receive your grace and rejoice in your favor. I pray that you would create an atmosphere of healing all around me. May I repent of any known sin, and rejoice in you, for you are my God and my Savior. Thank for your finished work on the cross, and dying for my sins. You have set me free, and I am so thankful. I look forward to receiving your healing for my body, knowing that your grace is sufficient for me, and your power is made perfect in my weakness. To you be all the glory, honor, and praise. Amen.

Praying For Wisdom

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Father,

I accept your words and store up your commands within me, turning my ear to wisdom, and applying my heart to understanding. I call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding. I look for it as silver, and search for it as hidden treasure, so that I may understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For you give wisdom; from your mouth come knowledge and understanding. You hold success in store for the upright, you are a shield to those whose walk is blameless, you guard the course of the just, and protect the way of the faithful ones.

You will help me to understand what is right and just and fair – every good path. I welcome your wisdom to enter my heart and your knowledge to be pleasant to my soul. Your discretion will protect me and your understanding will guard me.

Your wisdom will save me from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.

Your wisdom will save me from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made with God. Surely her house leads to death and her path to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.

Your wisdom will allow me to walk in the ways of the good and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Father, thank you for your wisdom and understanding. Amen.

(prayer taken from Proverbs 2)

Psalm 91

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Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Waiting Upon God

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As we wait upon God, what are we waiting for?

  • For the return of mankind to God, so that we can observe His kindness and justice (Hosea 12:6).
  • To answer the cry of our soul, for our soul knows it is good to hope, wait, and seek Him, therefore it waits silently for His salvation (Lamentations 3:24-26).
  • To receive His strength and encouragement in our hearts (Psalm 27:14).
  • To show us His grace, as He waits on high to have compassion on us, for the LORD is a God of justice, and we are blessed as we long for Him (Isaiah 30:18).
  • For His provision – for as we look to Him, He gives us food in due time, and as He opens up His hand, He satisfies the desire of every living thing (Psalm 145:15-16).
  • To bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God (1 Corinthians 4:5).
  • For the blessed hope and the appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus (Titus 2:13)

These are just a few reasons to wait upon God, can you think of any other reasons? If so, then share them in the comment section.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, it is an honor and a privilege to wait upon you. Your Word opens up our eyes and reveals to our hearts, the blessings of knowing you. May we learn to trust you more fully, and seek you more diligently, as you teach us your truth and inspire to remain steadfast. Thank you for giving us the reasons to live and move and find our being in you – for we are your offspring (Acts 17:28). Amen.

Fervent Prayer

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Praying is so important for a healthy Christian lifestyle. There are times when we pray with intensity and with a passion that stirs our soul. Fervent prayer is a burning desire to communicate with God. When we pray with passion in our hearts, God hears our prayers, and changes the atmosphere of our circumstances.

Here are some good outcomes of fervent prayer:

  • Freedom for prisoners: When Peter was imprisoned, fervent prayer was being offered up to God for him (Acts 12:5). God heard the prayers of believers and supernaturally released Peter from prison. What man intended for evil, God used for good.
  • Divine inspiration: Apollos had a thorough knowledge of scripture, and being fervent in spirit, accurately taught the things concerning Jesus, though he only knew the baptism of John (Acts 18:25). Apollos was filled with boldness to preach the good news.
  • Sick people become well: Whenever we are sick, we are encouraged to call the elders of the church. They will pray over us, and anoint us in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will make the sick person well, and the Lord will raise him up. If they have sinned, their sins will be forgiven (James 5:14-15).
  • Overwhelming love: We are called above all else, to love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins (1 John 4:8). God’s love helps us to unite with one another, and His love covers and pays the ransom for all sin.

Prayer:

Father,

Help us to pray fervently. May we pray with a burning desire in our hearts to see your kingdom come, and your will to be done. Give us a passion for all people to personally know Jesus, and His love for them. Move through us to see prisoners set free, sick people healed, and your overwhelming love be the remedy for our sin. Let the light of Jesus be intensified in our lives, so that people will see our good works and glorify you in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Father, use the fervent prayers of every believer in Jesus Christ to transform your kingdom, and hasten the return of your Son.

Amen.