There is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:4
The Bible tells us that God knows our every thought and every word on our tongue (Psalm 139:1-4). And when we don’t know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit “makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
These biblical truths assure us that we can have communication with God even without a word being spoken, because He knows the intentions and desires of our heart. What a comfort when we are perplexed or in deep distress! We don’t have to worry if we can’t find the words to express our thoughts and feelings. We don’t have to feel embarrassed if sometimes our sentences break off half-finished. God knows what we were going to say. We don’t have to feel guilty if our thoughts wander and we have to struggle to keep our minds focused on the Lord. (more…)
He knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom. —Daniel 6:10
Have you ever wondered why a pigeon walks so funny? It’s so it can see where it’s going. A pigeon’s eyes can’t focus as it moves, so the bird actually has to bring its head to a complete stop between steps in order to refocus. It proceeds clumsily—head forward, stop, head back, stop.
In our spiritual walk with the Lord, we have the same problem as the pigeon: We have a hard time seeing while we’re on the go. We need to stop between steps—to pause and refocus on the Word and the will of God. That’s not to say we have to pray and meditate about every little decision in life. But certainly our walk with the Lord needs to have built into it a pattern of stops that enable us to see more clearly before moving on. (more…)
Lately God has directed my personal study time toward prayer; how to, what to, why to, and when to pray. You may ask, “Tony, you’ve been a Christian for some time now and you haven’t figured out prayer yet?” By what I am learning, the answer is no, not completely. And may I submit that from what I hear from other’s prayers, conversations, and Facebook Prayers (that’s another complete sermon all its own) that many of you are still learning, or are in need of learning more about talking to our Father, God.
In order to draw closer to Him, we must learn, improve, and PRACTICE our prayer life. This is our communication to The One who desires to have a personal relationship with each of us. Just as we have to learn to communicate with our parents, children, and spouses, we must continually work on our communication to God so that we may grow in Him. The cool thing is He is always there waiting to “talk.” For the next few weeks I would like to share with you what I have learned and am learning. I hope it is encouraging to you as you seek to draw closer to God. (more…)
In the popular Robin Mark worship song “These are the days of Elijah.” There is line which says ‘This is the year of Jubilee’, we have all sung it, but I wonder how many of us know exactly what we are singing.
We read in Leviticus (24:1-25:46) where the details for the year of jubilee were laid down. Basically, it could be described as a whole year of party. No work was to be done in the fields, slaves were freed, debts cleared and property returned to its original owners. It was the great equalizer.
The slavery spoken about is not the usual type of slavery which we might think about. It is not the slavery of a subject race by a conqueror. It was when someone got into debt that he could not pay, they were taken as a slave to pay the debts. When the year of jubilee came round the debt was forgiven and the man was set free. So in one case there was the forgiveness but also restoration.
The year of jubilee was a great leveler, your ancestral lands were returned, slaves were realized and unpaid debts were canceled. Technically then, the land which belonged to you could not be sold but only leased until the next jubilee year and the price that was paid was worked out in relation to this. So if you “bought” a field just after the jubilee year you paid a lot more than you did if you “bought” the same field nearer to the time of the jubilee year. It was reminder to the people that the land was not really theirs but was God’s who entrusted it to them. They were just looking after it.