Monday, July 10, 2017

CRY OUT

Today’s┬áReading: 2 Chronicles 32

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The biggest stone in the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, often called the Western Stone, is revealed within the tunnel excavations. That stone ranks as one of the heaviest objects ever lifted by human beings without powered machinery. The stone has a length of 13.6 metres (45 ft), height of 3 metres (9.8 ft), and an estimated width of between 3.5 metres (11 ft) and 4.5 metres (15 ft). Estimates place its weight at 570 tons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 32:20

Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven.

 

There is a consistent message which runs through the entire Bible: If we choose to stand with the Lord, we cannot lose. The claim has often been made, “God is with us!” However, the more important consideration is, “Are we with God?” Being with God may not always mean success in terms understood by the world around us. Hebrews 11 tells us of many who found victory by suffering and dying for the cause of the Lord. Throughout history, whether to live or die, a person standing with God has been found to be unbeatable.

King Sennacherib was right when he proclaimed that his armies had triumphed everywhere. But he did not know the God of Hezekiah and Isaiah! What a powerful team these two made. The King and the Prophet! They proved that there is more strength in fervent prayer than in weaponry, more power in faith in God than in armies.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, like Hezekiah and Isaiah, I’m praying and crying out to Heaven. The key verse for today and Your response bring great encouragement to me. When Your cause, Your Church, and Your people are mocked and held up to ridicule, I rejoice because I know that the scoffers will return home ashamed, as Sennacherib did. Thank You, Lord, for responding when I pray, and thank You for prayer partners. Like Hezekiah, I’m not alone! I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Many 100 Huntley Street viewers will remember Rev. Norm MacLaren. He led our prayer partners team for many years and would report daily from the prayer phones with news of what was happening on the phones and what God was doing in lives. Norm would give us a Word from God which helped provide courage to continue. Norm now serves with the great “Teen Challenge” ministry, helping to transform lives for time and eternity.

I had known Norm for years before he came on our full-time team. He and his family had told their story of God’s answer to prayer on the telecast when he was a New Brunswick Pastor. Shortly thereafter he was elected to the Board of Directors of Crossroads, where he served for 8 years. Then came a really big battle in the Crossroads ministry. Twenty-five years ago we found ourselves facing a large overrun in the costs of building the new Crossroads Centre. I would be in the Chapel crying out to God for His supply very early each morning. Then one morning I found a prayer partner who drove all the way from Kitchener-Waterloo to Burlington. Every morning, Monday through Friday, for several months he joined me in crying out to God in fervent prayer. You guessed it. It was Norm, who was at that time a Pastor of a great church in Kitchener, Ontario. He had big responsibilities in his congregation and he would be back on the job there at the usual time when he would be expected to be at his church, never neglecting his congregation. Like the two in today’s reading, we cried out to Heaven, and the Lord answered from Heaven and gave us a great victory. Thanks Norm for being an Isaiah to this would-be leader. The new building and TV production equipment was all paid for within several years without cutting back on existing outreach ministry television productions, and fresh new soul winning programs were developed. With changes in leadership Crossroads has debt once again and needs your sacrificial help. I’m sure there are blog partners reading this who also prayed and gave sacrificially to God so the ministry would continue strongly. Lorna, our precious and strong leader, needs your help big time!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! Please forgive me for going way over my 100 words goal.

Yours for finding a prayer partner. Jesus said, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven” (Matthew 18:19). AMEN!!!

David

The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel exposing the full length of the Western Wall. The tunnel is adjacent to the Western Wall and is located under buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem. While the open-air portion of the Western Wall is approximately 60 metres (200 ft) long, the majority of its original length is hidden underground. The tunnel allows access to an additional 485 metres (1,591 ft) of the Wall. Since the Temple Mount is controlled by Muslims, these Jewish women are as close as they can get to what was the Holy of Holies.

 

This photo was also taken in the Western Wall Tunnel and is looking straight down through plexiglass on which visitors can walk. The excavations have gone quite deep.

15 thoughts on “Monday, July 10, 2017

  1. Standing with You, Lord, and all saints on the blog as prayer partners for one another. Praying for you, this morning, dear David. Blessings to all.

    Be still, sad soul! lift thou no passionate cry,
    But spread the desert of thy being bare
    To the full searching of the All-seeing eye;
    Wait! and through dark misgiving, black despair,
    God will come down in pity, and fill the dry
    Dead place with light, and life, and vernal air.
    J. C. Shairp (Streams in the Desert, Cowman, July 10)

    Down To The River To Pray (with lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBnYw1fROzU

    • What a well time verse, I was recently diagnosed with clinical depression and have been struggling with many dark and despairing thoughts. Read the Bible, pray– trying to fix my hope on the Lord to see light again, I know it is out there– waiting to see if the medication will help, and praying it doesn’t make things worse or have unwanted side effects– so prayers for my healing and recovery will be appreciated– and I continue to pray for all of you—God is good

      • Lord, God, You are Jehovah Rapha–the God that heals. We call on You, now, to shine Your Light brightly through our sister-in-Christ, Donna, who is in need of Your Touch. We worship and adore You, Lord, for You have given us life, eternal life, and have saved us from all evil. We cast out the darkness that has overshadowed Donna and rebuke it, never to return to her again. For she is a Child of God, the God most high, who proclaims her as His daughter in the Kingdom, on earth as it is in heaven. We give You all the praise and glory for her uplifted spirits that take deep root and fill her today, and everyday, with peace and joy and hope and love. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, we pray. Amen, amen, and amen.

        • Thank you– it is a blessing to be reminded I am part of something so much bigger than me– and never really alone

      • Donna, I’ve been there big time. The Lord taught me to spend time in worship (Psalm 22: 3) He lives in the praise of His people. I Google “worship” & use worship team names, I.e. Benny Hinn, John Haggie, & others. I sing along with them in sincerity & God’s Presence is very evident. I love to spend time in His Healing Presence. Let Him envelope you.

        • Thank you– I respect the voice of experience I will make some time every day to include worship as well as prayer

          • Praying for you, Donna. May God’s light that shines brightly , dispel the darkness that is trying to invade your life. May any thoughts of gloom and despair be overcome by the assurance of your God-given heritage! You are a joint-heir with Christ. All that the Father has at Christ’s disposal, belongs to you, also. We are “seated in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus” . Remember: “your today is not your forever”

      • Donna, I have been thru 2 periods of depression with also made me so very weak. I kept praying and trusting God, but I also had my doctor refer me to a psychiatrist who knew more about what medications to prescribe to me.

        When you are in the depression you think you will never get better again. If you take your medication, which may have to change from time to time, I assure you, you will come out of your depression. Try and get a referral to a psychiatrist is my advise and come from my experience and I was in severe clinical depression.

  2. Dear Donna..Here are words of hope…..Isaiah 41:10…So do not fear, for l am with you. Do not be dismayed for l am your God, l will strengthen and help you. l will uphold you with my righteous right hand…..(God is faithful who promised)

  3. Standing with you in prayer Pastor David and agreeing in prayer with other dear bloggers for Donna M. May God’s will be done for both of these needs in Jesus Name, Amen!!!

  4. Something that I learned in my darkest hour was not to run from my sadness!
    It was as if The Lord taught me…to trust Him anyway, in spite of my deep deep
    sadness and emptiness!
    God was there all the time… Donna, He will bring you through, and you will be
    stronger and healthier and you will be used by HIM!

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