The book of James offers some prayerful advice in James 5:15,16: "And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." Anything we pray for that aligns with the Father's plan will be granted. And the more time we spend with Him, the more we'll come to understand His will and how to pray for it. Remember, prayer doesn't change God's mind, but it does transform the believer's heart. Whatever the Lord's response or timing, we trust that He has only the very best in store for His children.
The apostle Paul provides some good advice to start the week in Romans 12: 17, 18 - "Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men." A Christian should not concentrate on the evil in others, but instead focus on what is good.
When we have those troubled times we all face, remember this advice from Psalm 145: 18, 19 - "The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; he also will hear their cry and save them." Be safe and have an excellent weekend brothers and sisters and thanks for sharing theWord with Caroline and I.
Jesus is talking about being a servant in Matthew 20:27, 28 - "And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." I was in prayer last night about the scripture for today when this thought came to me: 'Think about how you can serve the LORD. Not how He can serve you.'
Jesus is talking with His disciples in John 14: 16, 17 - "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of truth because He is truth and guides us into all truth. 'Neither sees Him nor knows Him' does not mean simply that the world is not able to visually identify the Holy Spirit because He is spirit. Something more is meant: The Spirit of God is active in the world, but His acts go unnoticed by the world. Aren't you glad we have the Holy Spirit in us and know it!