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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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"Sowing In Prayer"
"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:7-9).
The National Day of Prayer is held the first Thursday in May each year here in the United States. Tomorrow, May 2, we will have prayer gatherings all throughout our land. Daily Encouragement is sent to believers in many different countries all around the world and is written for the spiritual edification of all true believers regardless of where they live. I am not aware if other countries have an official national day of prayer, but I hope that they do. I genuinely believe this is a very important event in our country. This is the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer.
Organized efforts for prayer are held in large and small communities throughout the U.S. Here in Lancaster County we have a very well organized and focused prayer task force. The event begins this evening with a Youth Edition prayer meeting in a city park. All through the day tomorrow there will be prayer activities on the campus of Lancaster Bible College culminating with a "Celebration of Prayer" evening service with Greg Laurie as special speaker.
Tomorrow we plan the be out early for our chaplain ministry and then stop by the LBC campus in the early afternoon to participate. Tomorrow's encouragement will essentially be a prayer.
Is it worth it? I'm sure I am not the only one who turns that question over in my mind at times. After all, the moral and spiritual decline continues in our nation and around the world. Truthfully it seems to be increasing by the day.
I believe the daily verse, although not exclusively related to prayer, addresses this question: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).
In prayer, as in other acts of obedience to God, we are "doing good" as we are anytime we obey God's Word. But we can become weary when the answers don't come as we would desire. Some versions use the phrase here "lose heart" rather than "weary".
When we pray earnestly to the God of heaven, through His Son Jesus Christ, in faith and humility we are "doing good" and "sowing to please the Spirit." Prayer does not always result in an immediate harvest but we have a wonderful promise that "we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." This harvest or reaping will take place in the "proper time", that is; the appointed season ordained by God.
"We" are the people of God. The harvest in this context is ultimately spiritual and eternal. In reality the moral decline may very well continue and judgment will most certainly come, both in this life and in the life to come. The people of God in past generations experienced the effects of judgment as a result of the sins of the nation. Consider the godly remnant who lived at the time of the fall of Jerusalem during the time of Jeremiah. They too were severely impacted by God's judgment but also preserved by His merciful hand. Out of that remnant came the faithful like Daniel and others who carried on the message of God.
So let us encourage you today, wherever you live, to continue to call out to the one true God. Whatever your circumstances, however serious your situation, regardless of how long you've waited: keep believing and obeying. Keep praying, for we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we are grateful for Your abundant mercy extended to us because You are a loving, forgiving God. You have called on us, Your children, to be a people of prayer and devotion. We pray for our land to repent of neglect and defiance of Your commands. We come against the powers of darkness that seek to extinguish the light of Your salvation that brings help and hope to weary souls in this life and secures their eternal place in heaven. Help us not to grow weary in our intercession, for we want to be faithful in prayer so that, at a future date, we will witness the harvest of souls. We pray for Your will to be accomplished in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Note: The godless also have a special national day. Of the 365 days from which they can choose from, they also choose tomorrow for what they call "A National Day Of Reason"! The National Day of Reason is a secular celebration for humanists, atheists, and other secularists and freethinkers in response to the National Day of Prayer, a legal holiday in the United States. The day is celebrated on the first Thursday in May of every year, to coincide with the National Day of Prayer, which many atheist and secular groups view to be unconstitutional. The National Day of Reason was created by the American Humanist Association and the Washington Area Secular Humanists in 2003.
Of course the basic premise in the name "Day of Reason" is that they contend those of us who have faith and pray to God are not using reason! Psalm 14:1 Romans 1:22
As I consider attacks on the faith and the faithful by the world these two songs are so encouraging to me.
"I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary" Video Gaither Vocal Band
"Reason Enough" Video Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
Today and through the remainder of the week we will share music on prayer adding to the list day by day with recently added songs at the top.
"Waiting Here For You" Video Passion Worship Music
"Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing" Video Fernando Ortega
"Hear Our Prayer" Video Don Moen
"Hear Our Prayers" Video The Glorious Unseen
"You Said" Video Hillsong
"I Must Tell Jesus" Video The Grace Thrillers
National Day Of Prayer website
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