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Worship Wednesday

November 23, 2011

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on 9th of November, 2011!

Order of Service

Song – Oh for a thousand tongues – Peter Schrock

Jesus – Part 1 – My Jesus

Poem – I fell in love with Jesus

Jesus Part 2 – Why I am a christian

Song – I have decided – K

Jesus Part 3 – Jesus calls you by name

Song – Come unto me – Julie McMinn

Open prayers

Doxology – Jeff Wooldridge

My Jesus

Almost everybody has an opinion of the man Jesus Christ! Countless millions worship him today and down through history! People sometimes ask me “Who is my Jesus?” So, let me answer that briefly – “Who is my Jesus?”

My Jesus Christ, is the man who splits history BC & AD! The man who we claim is the messiah and saviour as spoken about by the prophets of old and written about by those who met Him…

My Jesus Christ, the man who healed the sick, fought for justice, did many great deeds, filled with compassion, driven on by joy and in constant conversation with God the Father.

My Jesus Christ, is the man who claimed to be God and was God! Jesus who emptied Himself, made Himself nothing, so as to take on human form. Jesus Christ, fully human and yet fully God.

My Jesus Christ, is the most amazing man who ever lived, born of a woman, in a humble stable. Jesus Christ, the man born to die that he may come back alive and give all people a chance to live forever.

My Jesus Christ, is the man who died on a grubby Roman cross, pierced, battered, bruised and scarred. Jesus Christ, the God-man who died physically. Jesus Christ, buried within and sealed into a cold empty tomb.

My Jesus Christ, is the man who conquered death, came back alive as witnessed by uncountable others. Jesus Christ who defeated the sting of sin, so that humanity may choose to live forever!

My Jesus Christ, whose very death and resurrection we celebrate at Easter, who ascended to the right hand of God the Father. This Jesus Christ, who with the Father, sent the Holy Spirit to transform into His own image, all who choose to follow Him.

My Jesus Christ, who covers His followers in His own robe of righteousness so that they would be acceptable to God the Father.

Jesus Christ, coming again soon in glory to judge humanity and claim those who follow Him. Jesus Christ who calls to you and I “Come and follow!”

Why I am a christian

If that’s my Jesus Christ, why am I a Christian and identify myself as such?

The Apostle John, writing in 1 John 5:9-12 – We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

The reason that I am a Christian is not because I chased God, but rather He chased me

I am a Christian Disciple not because of anything I have done, but rather because He first chased me, and because He first loved me. Jesus himself said “I came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19v10). God was chasing me and following my every path with the urgency of a lover after the beloved, just as described in the Song of Songs 2v2-14.

If you are a Christian today, it is not because of anything you have done. It is because of the events at Christmas and Easter that you are a Christian, when God entered this world as a human baby and took all the necessary steps so that all people could have the choice to be His people or not. In my more smug moments I used to congratulate myself for being a Christian. How proud I was that I, was a Christian and that God was a jolly lucky God that I had decided to follow Him. It was during one of my less self-deluded moments, that I examined myself and I found God pricking my conscience and correcting me, and I read the New Testament “For the Son of Man came, not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark10v45).

Jesus calls you 

This Jesus, my Jesus, also calls you!

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said. hen Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. hen those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:22-33

If you would not call yourself a Christian today, and this Jesus appeals to you, this Jesus who speaks with authority, and you want to become a Christian there are three simple steps to follow. Firstly, admit that you have done wrong against God and His ways. Secondly, believe and trust in Jesus. Call on Him, receive, trust, obey and worship Him, recognizing Him for who He is and what He has done. Lastly, confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Once sin has been confessed, and Jesus is believed in and trusted as Saviour, then you are a Christian. Now you are ready as Peter writes in the Bible, “to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Welcome to the family of God. God has chosen you; Jesus has paid for you and has put His mark within you through His Spirit (Ephesians 1:1-13).

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Partakers Wednesday Worship on November 16, 2011

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Worship Wednesday

November 16, 2011

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on 16th of November, 2011!

Order of Service

Apostles Creed!

Psalm 10:14

Psalm 89:19-29

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Bible Talk – God as Father!

Time for your own praises

Lord of All Creation – Steve Gooden

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I wonder what your relationship with your earthly father was or is like! After all, the vast majority of all people, to some extent, have had an earthly father or father-figure. Your father may never have shown you love, consideration or friendship. On the other hand, your relationship with your father may have been everything you could hope and desire for in a father-child relationship. Either way, cast aside all thoughts of your earthly father, as we consider together God the Father. Perhaps you are one of the minority who had no father or father-figure in your life at all while you were growing up and developing! Well there is good news for you as well!.

We are going to look today, very briefly at God the Father! The defining function of God the Father is that He is the Almighty who intervenes, sustains and provides for all things. God the Father is a perfect father.

The Father of All Creation

He is the Father of all creation! As all of humanity is made in the image of God, the Fatherhood of God must apply to all humanity. God is the Father of our Spirits (Hebrews 12:9). God as Father wants everyone to be in His kingdom (Luke18:16). By wanting to be called Father, this means that God is a personal God! He loves all of His creation and He sustains it! He wants them to be in a relationship with Him!

The Father of Jesus Christ

He is the Father of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! From when Jesus as a twelve year old proclaimed he was about His Father’s business, to His teaching on prayer when He said to call God, Father; to the agonising prayer of John 17 and in His final words on the cross, Jesus cried out “Father God, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23v46). The words Jesus spoke were those He heard from the Father. The actions Jesus did were those He saw the Father doing (John 5v19).

The Father of Christian Disciples

And because those who follow Jesus Christ, God is Father because Jesus Christ was the Son of God (Romans 8v17; Hebrews 2v17). The followers of Jesus Christ, those who are Christian disciples have been adopted as heirs and as children (John 1v12). As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are to partake of the Father’s nature (2 Peter 1v3-4)! God the Father both cares for His children (Matthew 6v32) and disciplines His children (Hebrews 12v6-8). Above all, as followers of Jesus Christ, we can never be separated from the love of God the Father (Romans 8v39).

Isn’t that just the most amazing fact! Know and remember, that as a follower of Jesus, God the Father adores you!!

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Worship Wednesday

November 9, 2011

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on 9th of November, 2011!

Opening Prayer

We start with this brief prayer!

O Merciful Father,
We thank you that you are a loving God!
We thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ!
We thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit!
We thank you for life and that we can know you personally!
Amen!

Time to confess our sins! Now we are free to give our God praise, knowing that we have confessed our sins, He has forgiven us and there is no impediment to our praise!

Time of praise with Psalm 134!

Psalm 134

(The Message)

Come, bless God, all you servants of God!
You priests of God, posted to the nightwatch
in God’s shrine,
Lift your praising hands to the Holy Place,
and bless God.
In turn, may God of Zion bless you-
God who made heaven and earth!

My Jesus!

I wonder how you view Jesus Christ! What is your opinion of the man whose very birth splits history into two parts – before his birth and after his birth! This Jesus, the Word of God!

In the beginning, this Jesus the Word, already existed.
This Jesus the Word was with God,
and this Jesus the Word was God!
Jesus the Word existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through Jesus the Word,
and nothing was created except through Jesus the Word!
Jesus the Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his very life brought light to everyone.
This light, Jesus the Word, shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish the light.
That’s Jesus Christ! The man who was and is God!
Jesus Christ who is the visible image of the invisible God.
Jesus Christ who existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation!

Indeed, for through Jesus Christ, God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
Jesus Christ made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through Jesus Christ and for Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
Jesus Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
Jesus Christ is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.
Therefore, Jesus Christ is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Jesus Christ, and through Jesus Christ alone, God reconciled everything to himself.
Jesus Christ made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of His very own blood on the cross.

That’s my Jesus! My Jesus who is fully divine, fully human, glorious in His death and resurrection! My Jesus who is supreme over all, the creator of all! My Jesus who is my eternal leader, eternal sustainer! My Jesus who has all power and all authority! My Jesus who reconciles me with God, my peace-maker with God and is the one who gives perfect peace!

There is only one Saviour for the world. There will never be another because there is no need of another. This Jesus is coming back as well!!!! But Jesus is not coming back as baby next time but as the living holy Almighty Son of God!

What does Jesus look like now? His close friend John saw him some years after Jesus’ ascension back to the right hand of God! Here is what John saw!

Jesus, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on Jesus’ head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. Jesus’ feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace! Jesus’ voice was like the sound of rushing waters. Jesus’ right hand held seven stars! Coming forth out of Jesus’ mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. Jesus’ face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

That was an amazing moment when Jesus beloved friend, John, saw Jesus in all his majesty!

This John, who records these words from Jesus! “It is finished! It is complete! I, King Jesus, am the Alpha and the Omega-the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I, King Jesus, will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I, King Jesus, will be their God, and they will be my children.

“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars-their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.”
“Look! I, King Jesus, am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I, King Jesus, am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

That’s my Jesus, who called me to follow Him almost 30 years ago now! It has been a rollercoaster ride, but I have always known that He is in charge! Are you one of His followers or are you continuing to be one of His deniers?

Song

Now let us finish up with a song! Today it is Marjorie Reece singing a “Praise Song to Jesus”

Jesus! Jesus!
You are the King of Kings!
Blessed Jesus, Sweet Jesus,
You are my everything.

And, Lord, I love you. I love You.
And I’ll love you more and more.
O Lord, I love you, I love You.
You loved me long before.

Lord, I worship You. I worship You.
You are the Ransomed Lamb.
O Lord, I worship You. I worship You.
You are the Great I Am.

O Lord, I praise You. I praise You.
Praise You for all You’ve done.
O Lord, I praise You. I praise You.
You are God’s Only Son.

Yes, You’re Jesus, blessed Jesus.
You are the King of Kings.
Blessed Jesus, sweet Jesus.
You are my Everything.

And, Lord, I love You. I love You.
And I’ll love You more and more.
Oh, yes, I love You. I love You.
‘Cause You loved me long before.
You loved me long before.

Words and Music by Marjorie Reece
(c) 1986 by TJM

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Wednesday Worship

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Worship Wednesday

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on the 2nd of November 2011.

Order of Service

Opening Prayer

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

We praise you and give you glory:

We bless you for calling us to be your holy people.

Amen!

 

Continuing on, we now have a song. Today it is

Abigail Miller, singing Lord, I Must Be Yours!

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Lord, I must be yours alone.

Teach me I am not my own.

Crush and mould this heart of stone.

In your image make it.

 

Wilful, stubborn, Lord, it’s true-

I do what I want to do.

Let me learn to follow you.

Take my will and break it.

 

From my self I would be free.

Take all my identity,

Fill with your humility.

Seize my pride and shake it.

 

When a helpless wreck I am,

Take me and rebuild the sham

To be like the Living Lamb,

My life, on Him, I stake it.

Bible Talk

The Apostle Paul writing in Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

The Apostle Peter writing in 1 Peter 5:5-6 “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Those verses probably highlight what those who call themselves the Lord’s people are to be and do! Humility! Looking to others first!

Contrast those values to those of the twenty first century society. A society where the prevalent attitude is: “There are no other people. The order is ‘me, me and more me! I am far more important and higher than anyone else!'” This is individualism, an individualism where the individual’s importance is placed higher than all others! Individualism, which is imbued with self-reliance and personal independence. Even when help and compassion are offered, so often there are strings attached and hoops to be jumped through: “If you do this, we will do this for you.” That’s the view in 21st century Western countries such as the USA, UK and Australia. Sadly, it is not just within society that this exists, but also within the church and amongst Christians.

How opposite is that view, compared to the view of Peter and Paul in the Bible reading! It is as if we are denying the basic rule of compassion and mercy, which dictates that we, as Christians, are to be serving others, because they are also humans created in the image of God, loved by God and so should be loved unconditionally by those who proclaim to be God’s people – the Church. Denying that basic need to others is pure unadulterated selfishness and places others below our own selves.

Individualism within the church, lends itself to hypocritical behaviour and attitudes, which are inconsistent with Scripture and behaviour. Individualism, where you as an individual are placed at the front of the queue, is not loving others and not considering others higher than yourself. It certainly could not be construed as serving other people to always place your own desires above all others. There is an old acronym JOY – Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last. So as we live our lives, let us be determined to be counter-cultural, love and serve others, being willing to listen to them and giving them practical support when we can.

Think time

Now a time, where I put before you a couple of questions for you to ponder and think about, before we continue in prayer. Perhaps you could write them down for later.

Q1. In what areas of my life do I usually put myself before other people and sin against them?

Q2. What impact could I make on my church and local community if I was more willing to serve and practically love others, rather than be served and supported by them?

Bryony Prays!

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Worship Wednesday 26 October 2011

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Worship Wednesday

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on the 26th of October 2011.

Order of Service

Song: Father God, We Come

Father God, we come with confidence through faith. Father God, we stand before your throne of grace. We can only come, stand before your throne, because Christ has made the way; shed his precious blood as our sacrifice, so we offer you our praise.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah! The way is open to the Father, hallelujah!

Father God, we come, invited to draw near. Father God, we stand before you without fear. We are welcomed in, to your presence, Lord, as the Spirit leads the way. We will join with Christ, we will join with heav’n,

as we offer you our praise. Father God, we come, hallelujah.

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Bible readings

Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 6:19-20 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Bible Talk – Dean Roberts ( www.deanroberts.net )

Prayer

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

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Worship Wednesday 21 September 2011

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Worship Wednesday

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on the 21st of September 2011.

 

Song – Only A Boy named David sung by Daniel Martin

Bible Talk

Jesus spent complete nights in prayer seeking strength and wisdom from His Father in Heaven. We dare not go into battle with the enemy in our strength alone. The hymn writer wrote “Put on the gospel armour, each piece put on with prayer.”

How do we put the gospel armour on? The armour we need is supplied by our Lord. It is described for us by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:10-18: “Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might that you may stand in the evil day” He then goes on to say “Take unto yourself the whole armour of God. “Leave no unguarded place” are the hymn writer’s words. Very apt as we can be so easily forgetful and neglectful. We need to be aware of our weak points where we ma be unguarded. “Give the devil no room.”

I find as a great help each morning to spend some time putting the gospel armour on. How? As I get dressed physically taking time to put each piece of my clothing on carefully making myself presentable before the mirror, I also take by faith my spiritual armour piece by piece coming before the mirror or God’s Word the Bible, reminding myself of which piece does in order to be strong for the day’s battles, whatever they may be.

(a) The helmet of salvation. To protect the mind. Here is a point of entry If I do not protect it. How? By the Scriptures. “Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.” I ask for the mind of Christ.

(b) Breastplate of righteousness. This time I remind myself I am clothed in Christ’s righteousness to gain me Heaven. This truth prevents me boasting and it keeps me humble. each moment of every day ever grateful to Jesus for His robe of righteousness. I need also to know there needs to be an outworking of that righteousness in my life through the power of The Holy Spirit. To seek to be like Jesus living to honour Him and be a light shining for Jesus.

(c) The belt of truth. I believe I must be held in by God’s truth the Bible in all I think say and do. Not what I think but how God says I should react in any given situation during the course of the day. Not legalistically but trusting The Holy Spirit to bring the truth to memory to protect and instruct me.

(d) Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. The Roman footwear had to be strong and able to grip rough terrain. To walk steadily through the day without deviation to left or right not slipping into sinful habits but standing firm as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

(e) Sword of the Spirit and shield of faith in our hands. Having Scripture ready to hand and mind to fight off scurry attacks from satan as he tries to buffet us. Do you remember how Jesus used these weapons in the wilderness when tempted by the devil? “Has God said” He reminded the devil of the word of God. How important for us to memorise God’s Word to hide it in our hearts as the psalmist wrote. Read God’s Word regularly improving our knowledge day by day. The devil never lets up neither should we.

(f) Putting on all prayer. Living through the day in an atmosphere of prayer with a prayerful spirit. Ready to call upon the lord for any special needs but also ready to praise Him for any blessing that he brings our way. Talk to Him, as you walk with Him. Strengthened and satisfied by Him. We glorify Him by so doing. “Jesus is my Rock and Fortress, in Him I trust for ever.

 

Prayer with Joy

Dear Heavenly Father,

We know we have failed to put on the Christian armour and some of us have fallen dreadfully. We know it is important to acknowledge this to you. To be honest and admit our faults. We know the devil appears like a roaring lion at times, but sometimes as an angel of light and we fail to see him coming and we fall.

Forgive us Lord and help us to take the advice given and to take time to be holy by spending time with you Lord and to put on the gospel armour and trust you Lord to make us aware of the enemy attacks of satan and to stand up against him in Your strength and power.

David fought against Goliath and won because he knew the battle was the Lord’s. He had confidence in your strength and had faith in You.

Paul the apostle said “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Help us to remember to pray that same prayer for our safety and Your glory, Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Benediction

 

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Worship Wednesday

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Worship Wednesday

14 September 2011

 

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Order of Service

Welcome!

Opening prayer

Bible Reading: Psalm 3

Bible Reading: Mark 4:35-41

Bible Talk: God’s Love for you reflected!

 

Our bible spot today is by Jim Allis and he is sharing some insights about worry and fear.

Maybe today you are worried about some matter and wake up at night concerned about why God is allowing this or that in your life. Questions come flooding into your mind Why Lord? Why? What are you doing with me? Are you really there? Friend, listen at these reassuring thought based on God’s precious holy Word. We are instructed to read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy.

So then will Jesus keep me safe?

When we look into the gospel narratives of Jesus with his disciples He is always there when they need Him most. On the sea of Galilee they are scared of the fierce waves and what do they see? Jesus Himself actually walking on the very waves that threatened to break up their ship and drown them. Do you remember His words? Only two but so, so important. “Fear Not”

We need constantly to remind ourselves that Jesus is the Co- Creator of those waves. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can happen to those disciples He loves except He allows it for a purpose. They were safe and we too are safe by His presence within “in the storm” Because “we are kept by the mighty power of God through faith……………” ‘Kept’ is a military term used here in this verse meaning ‘garrisoned’ Garrisoned around and fully protected. Think of a castle made secure by way of a Moat and Keep.

Remember also that the disciples were quaking in fear behind locked doors following the resurrection of Jesus. Again He is there for them when they need Him most. His words on this occasion are also reassuring “My peace I give to you” We cannot see Jesus but He can certainly see us. Isn’t that reassuring?

Of course our faith is small maybe as a mustard seed but big enough to remember other words from Scripture ” Wonderful words of instruction and certainty, “Cast your cares upon the Lord because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:17) He can move mountains.

He will never leave us alone in any situation however dreadful it may be. Remember also He is never further than a prayer away.

So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that the devil will do everything to stop us praying for reinforcements from heaven. His plan is to remove our peace and stop the power of God coming into play.

I believe it is so true what the hymn writer wrote “The devil trembles when he sees, the weakest saint upon his knees”

Finally remember that when we pray we can only be heard and have prayers answered in the name of Jesus. It is because we are joined to Jesus that our prayers are heard and answered. What an incentive to pray!

Jesus knew the power of prayer and spent whole nights in prayer seeking strength and wisdom for the day ahead of Him with all its challenges. He met and won victory after victory through prayer. We are encouraged to do likewise in His name.

Prayer

Song: Marjie Reece “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills”

Benediction

 

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