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Weekly Prayer 06.18.18

Psalm 119:1-8 ESV – 
1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! 
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, 
3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! 
4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. 
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! 
6 Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. 
7 I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. 
8 I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!
 
Father,
You are such a gracious, merciful God. You have not left us to ourselves, but have given us direction for life. Your laws are for our good; they are a demonstration of Your love and Your care and Your wisdom.
But, O Lord, we are so prone to rebel against Your law. We want our own way, we want to chart our own course. But we don’t consider that You are all-wise, and that You, as our Creator, do know what is best. We are so short-sighted, and selfish. We want what we want, when we want it, and we want to be free of consequence. Forgive us, Lord, for worshipping ourselves. Forgive us for trying to be God. Forgive us for exalting ourselves rather than submitting to You.
Thank You for Your forgiveness. Thank You for repentance. Thank You for establishing Your statutes. Thank You for loving us enough that You would give us boundaries. 
Lord, so many do not know that Your laws are a demonstration of Your love and care for us. They do not know that You sent Your Son to fulfill the law and provide the perfect sacrifice for our rebellion against You. They are still trying to go their own way and come to You on their own merit. What folly! What hopelessness! Father, strengthen those You send to tell these hopeless ones of Your salvation. Open the hearts of those who call You Father, to be willing to go into all the world to take this good news . . .
Lord, You have not established Your law so that I can compete to earn Your favor. No, You have chosen me to be Your child, and I submit to Your authority as my God and my Savior. I obey You because I trust You. I know that You will never forsake me. You are my Father. . .
amen
 
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Nepal

Risky Faith

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. . . And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (ESV)

This assurance, this conviction must be based on who God is. What I think I need, what I want, is based on my perspective, which is notoriously self-focused. God alone is sovereign and omniscient — He who created the universe knows what is for my best.

Why the title of “risky faith?” What will you do if the answer is “no?” What if life looks dramatically different from what you expected? What if current circumstances do not make sense? What if “why?” does not receive a clear answer?

Biblical faith draws near to God, and believes His character is unchanging. The God who “rewarded” you with a special blessing or good health or the extra check in the mail is the same God now, when the check doesn’t come, or the doctor visit is not “good news” or the job is lost or the relationship is fractured. Biblical faith is the assurance that God is for me. Biblical faith is the conviction that though I cannot see it, God is always at work for my good and His glory.

God is the same today, as He was when He told Abram long ago, “I am your shield, and your great reward” (Genesis 15)

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