To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 1:19-20 (NIVUK): ” for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”
I liked these following words about prayer, written by Selwyn in today’s study: “How important it is that we pray for one another. Our prayers count in God’s big scheme of things, usually in ways beyond our knowing.
He sovereignly interweaves our intercession and His intervention into the final tapestry of His strategic purposes. How He does this is the miracle of His grace.”
Prayer is one of the major ways we use to express our love for each other – it is our verbal testimony, in front of God’s throne, that we care for each others spiritual well-being.
In Revelation 5:8, we read: “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
Our prayers are like incense – they are welcomed by our living God – we should rejoice that we have such a relationship with our Father, that He does respond to our prayers.