When You Pray

2 Kings 4:4 – The widow shut the door and poured…
A miracle of divine provision.

2 Kings 4:33 – Elisha shut the door and prayed…
A miracle of divine healing.

2 Kings 6:32 – Elisha and the elders shut the door and held it…
A miracle of divine protection.

Matthew 6:6 – Jesus: “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

Two Masters

1 Kings 18 – Two masters, two opinions, two altars.

Ephesians 4 – One Spirit, one Lord, one God and Father.

Matthew 6:24 – Jesus: “No one can serve two masters…”

“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” – Jim Elliot

No Sweat

Genesis 3:19 – Adam the First…sweat.
Luke 22:44 – Adam the Last…sweat.
Ezekiel 44:18 – The millennial priests…no sweat!

Galatians 3:13 – “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us…”

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” – Augustine, in Confessions

Up and Out

John 4:14 – A well springing up in worship.
John 7:38 – A river flowing out in service.

Galatians 2:20 – “…it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…”

Three Resurrections

Luke 7:14-15 – “Young man, I say to you ‘Arise’…and he began to speak.”
Mark 5:41-43; 8:54-56 – “Little girl, I say to you ‘Arise’…and she began to walk.”
John 11:43-44; 12:1-2 – “Lazarus, come forth…and he was reclining with Jesus.”

John 11:25 – Jesus: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.”

Greatest King of Salem

Hebrews 7:4 – “Observe how great this man [Melchizedek] was…”
1 Chronicles 29:28 – “[David] died in a ripe old age, full of days, riches, and honor.”
Ecclesiastes 2:9 – Solomon: “Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem.”

Matthew 12:42 – Jesus: “…behold, something greater than Solomon is here.”

Headship in Three Spheres

1 Corinthians 11:3 – “…Christ is the head of every man.”

That’s individual headship.

Ephesians 1:22 – “…and gave Him as head over all things to the church.”
Colossians 1:18 – “He is also head of the body, the church…”

That’s corporate headship.

Colossians 2:10 – “…and He is the head over all rule and authority.”

That’s universal headship.

Daniel 7:27 – “Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.”

Seven Givens

John 17:2 – Jesus was given authority, and He executed it.
John 17:4 – He was given work, and He accomplished it.
John 17:6 – He was given men, and He kept them.
John 17:8 – He was given words, and He spoke them.
John 17:6,11 – He was given a name, and He manifested it.
John 17:22- He was given glory, and He shared it.

John 18:11 – He was given a cup, and He drank it.

“That bitter cup, love drank it up; left but the love for me!” – Anne Ross Cousin

God is the Head of Christ

John 3:35 – “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.”

That’s trust.

John 5:20 – “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing.”

That’s communication.

John 14:31 – “But so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.”

That’s obedience.

John 10:17 –  “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.”

That’s resurrection glory!

Written on June 14, 2007

It was Hudson Taylor who said “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.”  As we keep trusting God in the great tradition of men like Taylor, and Mueller, and Abraham before them, God has faithfully been meeting us in our moments of need.  “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me” – Psalm 50:15.  We want to maintain this spiritual perspective as we reconstitute the Board under a renewed commitment to the life of faith.  “But My righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him” – Hebrews 10:38.  We will leave both our financial needs and our human resource needs in the hands of a faithful God and watch Him supply more than we could ever ask or think….  We will experience that rich blessing of the soul together as we devote ourselves more deliberately to prayer and to the ministry of the word.