HEALING AND LOVE
Suggested Reading: Hosea 13-14
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Key Verses: Hosea 14:4, 9
“I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely,
For My anger has turned away from him.”
…”Who is wise?
Let him understand these things.
Who is prudent?
Let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right;
The righteous walk in them,
But transgressors stumble in them.”
It’s amazing!!! After being rejected, and after God’s great heart has been broken by the sins of His people, the words, “ransom,” “redeem,” “return,” “heal,” “love,” “grow,” “beauty,” “help,” and “revived,” stand out in today’s reading. Yes, we bring judgment upon ourselves, and in this life we reap what we have sown for good or evil. And yes, we may need reminding that the most often-repeated sentence in the Bible is, “His mercy endures forever!!!” God always responds to our sincere prayers. His answers may be, “Wait,” (circumstances must change first) “Grow,” (He has a work to do in us first) “No,” (it’s not best for us), or “Yes.” Here’s one prayer to which He always says “Yes.” This prayer is taken from Dr. John Hull’s book on prayer, Pivotal Praying (page 217, the closing words in his book). Let’s pray this together, “Lord Jesus, I know I have sinned and cannot save myself. Please forgive me. I believe You died on the cross for my sins. I thank You for that. And I believe that You rose from the dead and that You live forever. I truly desire that You come into my life. Right now I open the door of my life and ask You to come and live in me. I receive You now, Jesus, as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You for answering my prayer. Help me to live for You. Make me the person You want me to be. Amen.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray that by Your grace I will be “on fire” for You! May I burn with a passion to do Your will on earth as it is done in Heaven. May I give light in dark places, illuminating Your loving eternal purposes for having created me. In the Name of “The Light of the World,” Jesus Christ, I ask these blessings. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
From the olive tree, oil is produced which fed the flames rising from the menorah, a seven-branched candelabra, which provided the only light in the Holy Place in the Tabernacle of Moses, and later in the Temple. The fires burning from the oil-drenched wicks and the offering of the smoke of the incense symbolized the prayers of the people. I’ve just finished reading a great book on prayer, and I’m challenged as never before to consistently spend quality time in prayer. The book is called, Pivotal Praying! The subtitle is, Connecting with God in Times of Great Need!
Dr. John Hull, our Crossroads Global Chief Executive Officer since last September, is one the two authors of this book. He writes every second chapter and does the last three chapters, which are so very powerful. The book was written before he came to lead Crossroads and it reveals his heart. The final chapter is called, “The Most Important Pivotal Prayer You’ll Ever Pray!” It’s a prayer for Salvation! After completing his book, I think I understand in a greater way John’s ministry and his passion to bring people to Christ. For seven years he Pastored the great People’s Church in Toronto (1993-2000), and preached God’s Word across Canada on TV every Sunday morning. His Sunday evening evangelistic services saw many people respond to the call to give their lives to Christ. Attendance grew greatly during his ministry at what has been called the greatest missions church in the world. I say all that to urge all readers to call, write or click to get John’s book on prayer. Be prepared to have your prayer life and God’s answers to your prayers become all that God would desire. Amen!!! (click here for John’s book).
Yours for listening to God (reading His Word) and then having confidence that God listens to us as we pray!!!