You are worthy. I try to pray with my son before his nap each afternoon. When I pray, I want to see God act. Part of living a life of faith involves praying with hope. So how do we pray with that kind of hope? Hope and faith go hand in hand. These securities can cause us to forget the One who is in charge of it all. When the roadblocks do come and our feelings of control are shattered, our loving Father is always there with His arms out to welcome us back to His peace.
When we practice praying with hope in God, the roadblocks we encounter can draw us into even deeper intimacy with Him. Here are five areas we can pray with Him. For unbelievers to know Him. Tragedies occur every second of every day. Natural disasters and evil people make others suffer and die. We live in a broken, sin-stained world.
As we pray for deliverance, comfort and relief for those in pain, we can also pray that through it people would know Jesus. We can even pray for terrorists, dictators, and murderers to be brought to their knees in surrender to Christ. For people to remember Him. We are forgetful people, and pain can shock us into remembering who is really important. It will be. But I can ask that God would use his hardships to draw him closer to Jesus. Some of my friends have recently had babies. I can pray that as their babies need them constantly, they would be reminded of their need for Jesus.
For daily communion with Him. Language, cultural blunders, and going from shop to shop just trying to find floss is exhausting. I pray for deliverance from their current struggles.
But I can also pray that through the challenges, they would have a deeper communion with Jesus. For Him to use us to shine His light and glory to the world. We are jars of clay 2 Corinthians 4 , and God often uses our broken places to shine His light. When we are vulnerable enough to share our struggles with other people, it gives us the chance to point to Jesus.
Instead, we can pray that God would use our experiences in the daily grind of life to show others His greatness.
For us to live in the hope of heaven. No other religion can offer this sure hope to those who only see suffering ahead of them on earth. When my son cries, it seems like the world has been drained of all happiness. The suffering is too much to imagine. Whether the pain is slight or suffocating, God is always there, holding out the hope of eternity. These aches can pull us down, making us feel ungrateful and trapped in the responsibilities of life.
Your boss seems to relish your mistakes? It can be so easy to compare myself to others who seem to have better lives now, instead of seeing this life as preparation for a glory-filled eternity. Heaven—our assurance of eternal gratification and fulfillment—should be our North Star, reminding us where we are and which direction to go. How can we picture a place when the images in Revelation seem so different from our everyday lives? In my theology class in college, we studied about heaven in Millard J.
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. It was a whole lot easier to picture a future like earth, with all the incredible blessings it contains. When we grasp the reality of the New Earth, our present, earthly lives suddenly matter. Conversations with loved ones matter.
It is a gift of God for strengthening our faithfulness in these last days 2 Timothy When the camp moved from one site to another, all the vessels of the Tabernacle other than the Laver remained covered with a blue cloth that represents faithfulness without which it is impossible to please God Hebrews Surely, if we do not please Him, we cannot be found in the tabernacle arrangement.
This cloth of blue was not visible while the covering skins were over it. Just so, the faithfulness of the saints, though recognized of God, is hidden from all those who see only our flesh. God sees our faith, he recognizes our obedience and sacrifice, and on their account, accounts unto us the divine nature, so well pictured in the golden vessels themselves.
The world, can of course not see us so, for all it sees is our flesh. Anton Frey, Our Wilderness Wanderings. The outer covering, perhaps of manatee skins, represents the flesh of the new creation through this age. That is what the world sees, missing entirely the beauty of the divine vessels of Truth and service that pertain to the saints. Meanwhile the saints in the flesh continue to suffer, as Christ suffered, so that they with Christ can be raised in the Millennium to assist the world of mankind up the highway of holiness.
The ransom removes the curse, but the sin offering allows the purging of the propensity for sin from the world during the Millennium. Does she not suffer with him that she may also reign with him? The Emblem of Israel. The lampstand has long been a symbol of the Jewish people. It speaks not only of Israel, but of Jerusalem and the temple. So, it is not surprising that in when the newly established State of Israel needed a national emblem, they chose the lampstand.
The relief on this arch shows Titus and his army returning to Rome with the spoils from Jerusalem after destroying it in 70 AD. In Rome, this picture symbolized defeat and humiliation for the Jewish people. But on the new national emblem of Israel, the same menorah stood for the rebirth and restoration of the Jewish nation. Acknowledgment and References. Suggested Further Reading. The Israelites. The Day of Atonement.
The Door. The Vail. Let us shout in triumph to our Rock of salvation.
That thou didst hope for; now upon thine eyes The new life opens fair; Before thy feet the Blessed journey lies Through homelands everywhere; And heaven to thee is all a sweet surprise. She died in beauty,—like the snow On flowers dissolved away; She died in beauty,—like a star Lost on the brow of day. Writing is not an easy task. Mark 6 God wants our hearts—and the hearts of everyone around us. This New Earth. In this abundant earth no doubt Is little room for things worn out: Disdain them, break them, throw them by And if before the days grew rough We once were loved, used, well enough, I think, we've fared, my heart and I.
Such help usually evokes praise and thanksgiving. Of course pleasant experiences also bring forth praise, but the type of praise that arises from suffering is on a higher level than praise from pleasure. Verse 6 alludes to praise that arises from suffering. These are the shadows of the gospel night, the Passover night. Two different Hebrew words are used. Our praise can never reach the mark of perfection. Shallieu, Notes on the Song of Solomon , pages Here is a recording of Hymn No.
Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. The History Of This Hymn. Original Author — Joseph Rusling Composer — no information. Having all this knowledge, put it on as an armor to protect you.
Knowing what God requires, put all this on, not as a robe, but as an armor over the robe. Put on the breastplate of righteousness covering the heart. Realize that nothing but heart-purity and absolute loyalty to God may be considered. Realize that God is for us.
Surely if ever the whole armor was needed, it is needed now. All who put on this armor will find themselves in accord with the Lord and with those who are truly His. We believe there never was a time when so many of the children of the light were wearing the whole Armor of Light. It is highly important that we seek for a still closer walk with God, a more intimate fellowship with Him, a more thorough self-abnegation, a more diligent cross-bearing, a more faithful conformity in every respect to the whole will of the Lord concerning us.
And this will of the Lord, we know, is not unreasonable, and His grace sufficient is promised for every day, every hour, every moment!
A careful, prayerful searching of our hearts will make plain wherein we lack in conformity to the perfect will of God. And if we discover in ourselves any perverse way, we shall correct it.
In the context St. We are not necessarily to suppose that he meant this as a reproof to the Christian believers at Rome, but as a pastoral exhortation that they should be on guard against these sins, and as a reminder that the principles which they had adopted as Christians were in direct contrast to those which generally prevailed. Very different standards of morality were current among the heathen. Quite a large number of the believers at Rome had been heathen and accustomed to immoralities.
Works of darkness and sin thrive best at night, for some reason.