PRAYER “WORTH CONSIDERING” 4/2/30, From Ken Smith
Today’s Scripture (Found in my mail box this morning for Texas.)
“…O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent.” (Psalm 22:2, NKJV)
Seasons of Silence
In 1 Kings 17, after the prophet Elijah had spoken the word of the Lord to wicked King Ahab, God told him to go hide by the Brook Cherith. Elijah wanted to continue to speak to the nation, but for the next three and half years, he experienced a season of silence and waiting before going on to perform many miracles.
We all have times when we’re praying, but our prayers aren’t being answered. We’re being our best, but not getting good breaks, the problem isn’t turning around. It seems as though God is on vacation. But the silence is not a sign that God is not working. He may not be changing the circumstances, but He is changing us. God uses the seasons of silence to prepare us, to develop our character. You’re gaining experience, maturity, and strength that you’ll need for where God is taking you. Don’t fight the silence. Keep being faithful, for your appointed time is on the way!
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for loving me so much that at times You hide me and cause me to be overlooked, keeping doors closed. Thank You that You love me so much that You’re getting me prepared to go where I’ve never gone. I will be faithful in the seasons of silence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
And sometimes, the problem is just us…. We are just too busy to be interrupted by GOD. I had to laugh at myself this morning. For nearly a month I have been trying to get our dishwasher fixed. And my wife, Sue, is justly upset as we do have an extra warranty on it. But when I would call in for repairs they would tell me that I had no warranty. And it seems that my receipt was lost after the last repairs. Perhaps on the counter with all the trash was gathered up and tossed. And it now takes forever to find a live person to talk to on the phone. So today I realized that me knowing I was right and forging ahead was getting no where. So in desperation I finally threw up a short, “I Need Help” prayer. Shortly thereafter the Lowe’s home offices found that they had placed the 3 yr. warranty for the dishwasher on the refer and had also found the 5 yr. warranty for the refer in the wrong place. So in 15 minutes the LORD had the whole matter resolved with the repairs, under warranty, on the way. Often we forget in our ego and pride and lack of humility to find ourselves in a DIY day and a total waste of time. Seems to me that the Lord has given me more time than most because I am a very slow learner. And HE does not seem to mind us bringing even the smallest things to HIM in finding a resolution. And the important thing for us is to learn to really hear HIS voice above all of the other clatter. I have always been amazed at how sure Abraham was in hearing the voice of GOD…..
I am in the middle of reading a book now by R.T. Kendall called “Word & Spirit” “Truth, Power and the Next Great Move of God.” It is hard to believe how much of God’s Truth is woven in between the covers of this book. Looking for arsenic all the time but so far only finding confirmations and so well written that I could not do so myself. I hope you go order the book asap for your own spiritual growth. I will buy it back from you if you don’t find it spiritually refreshing.
Also there is that verse in the Bible that teaches us that when we really find our place in obedience before HIM that then HE will deal with the disobedience all around us. .”..casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even [a] so we are Christ’s. “ 2 Cor.10:5-7 That is a difficult one to have faith for but it works.
Do a word study on perfect, perfecting and perfection, perfected and you will begin to see what our Heavenly Father expects of us in Christ Jesus as LORD. Even Jesus went through the process of being perfected. Jesus knew that HE would not be perfected until HIS resurrection. And we are taught that if we endure to the end we will be saved.
Luke 13:32 32 And Jesus said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be [b] perfected.’ So for the Glory that was set before HIM Jesus even embraced the cross for us. And HE knew full well what HE was doing as it was clearly set out in the Old Testament for the Savior, the Lamb of God. Psalms 22 and Isa.53 gave HIM a clear picture of what to expect and HE did it anyway.
In Eph. 4:11, we are told that we would need the ministry of the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers in order to be perfected… Check it out. If then we ( WE ) become perfected in the unity of John 17 then the world will see Jesus, high and lifted up and able to draw all men unto HIM. But first the Holy Spirit must build a safe basket in which to place the harvest. The Church has not been faithful in training disciples who can also train disciples. They have become faithful church members but most have never gained the maturity to even help another lost soul make the transition into the Kingdom of God. Reproduction is built into every living thing. Why would God exempt HIS children from growing up and learning how to reproduce? Also where are those offices to be found today in unity, John 17…. There is much that needs to be restored before the LORD’s return for HIS church.
There is but one Church of Christ Jesus in the world today and for eternity
And all who truly Love and Obey HIM are members.
Covid 19 update, Hawaii
Case numbers about 285 with 2 deaths, far less due to the quarantine, so far, we are basically in trouble due to the loss of tourism. We are now headed into a great depression, No ships, Jets and no tourists. Unity in prayer as good way to go to stop this curse. Ken<><