Pray for Our Leaders

I am sure you are aware the Bible teaches us to pray for our leaders. In this piece from C.H. Spurgeon he extols us to do the same. But in a way I hadn’t really thought of before (third paragraph).

Clearly Supernatural

In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. (Zechariah 12:8)

One of the best methods of the Lord’s defending His people is to make them strong in inward might. Men are better than walls, and faith is stronger than castles.

The Lord can take the feeblest among us and make him like David, the champion of Israel. Lord, do this with me! Infuse Thy power into me, and fill me with sacred courage that I may face the giant with sling and stone, confident in God.

The Lord can make His greatest champions far mightier than they are: David can be as God, as the angel of Jehovah. This would be a marvelous development, but it is possible, or it would not be spoken of. O Lord, work with the best of our leaders! Show us what Thou art able to do–namely, to raise Thy faithful servants to a height of grace and holiness which shall be clearly supernatural!

Lord, dwell in Thy saints, and they shall be as God; put Thy might into them, and they shall be as the living creatures who dwell in the presence of Jehovah. Fulfill this promise to Thine entire church in this our day, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Daily Light

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.–Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.

My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].–I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.–If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Joh 17:17 15:3 Col 3:16 Ps 119:9,10 Pr 2:10,11 Job 23:11,12 Ps 119:99 Joh 8:31,32

Daily Light

Christ . . . loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.

Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.–Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.– Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.–Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.– Thy word hath quickened me.

The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes.

Eph 5:25,26,2 1Pe 1:23 Joh 17:17 3:5 Tit 3:5 Ps 119:50 19:7,8

Spurgeon on Luke 6:12

“And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”-Luke 6:12

If ever one of woman born might have lived without prayer, it was our spotless, perfect a Lord, and yet none was ever so much in supplication as He! Such was His love to His Father, that He loved much to be in communion with Him: such His love for His people, that He desired to be much in intercession for them.The fact of this eminent prayerfulness of Jesus is a lesson for us-He hath given us an example that we may follow in His steps. The time He chose was admirable, it was the hour of silence, when the crowd would not disturb Him; the time of inaction, when all but Himself had ceased to labour; and the season when slumber made men forget their woes, and cease their applications to Him for relief. While others found rest in sleep, He refreshed Himself with prayer. The place was also well selected. He was alone where none would intrude, where none could observe: thus was He free from Pharisaic ostentation and vulgar interruption. Those dark and silent hills were a fit oratory for the Son of God. Heaven and earth in midnight stillness heard the groans and sighs of the mysterious Being in whom both worlds were blended. The continuance of His pleadings is remarkable; the long watches were not too long; the cold wind did not chill His devotions; the grim darkness did not darken His faith, or loneliness check His importunity. We cannot watch with Him one hour, but He watched for us whole nights. The occasion for this prayer is notable; it was after His enemies had been enraged-prayer was His refuge and solace; it was before He sent forth the twelve apostles-prayer was the gate of His enterprise, the herald of His new work. Should we not learn from Jesus to resort to special prayer when we are under peculiar trial, or contemplate fresh endeavours for the Master’s glory? Lord Jesus, teach us to pray.

Godly Sorrow

A selection from “Daily Light for the Daily Path”:

Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of.

Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.–If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.–The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.

Turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.–He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.–He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

2Co 7:10 Mt 26:75 1Jo 1:9,7 Ps 40:12,13 Ho 12:6 Ps 51:17 147:3 Mic 6:8

Exhausted

Today was an exhausting day. It started with a phone call about 40 minutes before my alarm was to go off, after a late call last night waking me for no reason other than “I forgot you were in bed, Dad”. I am so tired I missed Prayer Meeting and am bummed about it; I readily admit I need that mid-week boost.

The day was filled with running errands, cleaning up a bit (as much as I am able at least), and babysitting. Of course that last item isn’t one I’m complaining about. The other items, well, those I could’ve done without.

Sing for the Baby

My seven month old grandson likes to be sung off to sleep. I sing old hymns to him, Amazing Grace being one I always sing. The last week or so my son has realized how effective this is at getting him to sleep and has begun to try it, too.

Today he began to sing Amazing Grace, remembering the words to three verses.  Although the words were Amazing Grace, the melody was O Little Town of Bethlehem.  I didn’t correct him or say anything, not wanting to discourage him.  After a little bit of trying a few other hymns I joined in with him.  He quickly got the melodies with my lead and we actually sounded pretty good together.

It was quite the blessing for me to see my son singing hymns to my grandson.  And an even bigger one to join in with him, singing the baby off to dreamland.

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