Month: April 2017

Do you pray with confidence in the words Jesus gave us to pray? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) Do you pray with confidence in the words Jesus gave us to pray? Friends, the tragedy of Judas’ temptation and betrayal was his refusal to accept his master as he was. Jesus knew beforehand what would befall him. As Jesus ate his last supper meal with his twelve apostles he put them under trial and suspicion (one of you will betray me) to teach them to examine themselves rightly, lest they be high-minded and think themselves more strong than they were. We, also must examine ourselves in the light of God’s truth and grace and ask him to strengthen us in faith, hope, and love that we may not fail him or forsake him when we are tempted. Do you pray with confidence in the words Jesus gave us to pray: Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13)? Every single sin is a betrayal of Jesus.  What is your price? What is it that you love and prefer to Jesus? That is the price you ask for your sin or betrayal. Lord Jesus, we are exceedingly frail and indisposed to every virtuous and gallant undertaking. Strengthen our weakness, we beseech you, that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war; help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our...

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Are you ready to follow Jesus in his way of the cross? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) Are you ready to follow Jesus in his way of the cross? Friends, Jesus’ disciples were put to the test as Jesus prepared to make the final and ultimate sacrifice of his own life for their sake and for all the world. What was different between Peter and Judas? Judas deliberately betrayed his Master while Peter, in a moment of weakness, denied him with an oath and a curse. Judas’ act was cold and calculated. Peter, however, never meant to do what he did. He acted impulsively, out of weakness and cowardice. Jesus knew both the strength of Peter’s loyalty and the weakness of his resolution. He had a habit of speaking with his heart without thinking through the implications of what he was saying. The Holy Spirit will give us grace and strength in our time of testing. If we submit to Jesus we will walk in the light of his truth and love. If we turn our backs on him we will stumble and fall in the ways of sin and darkness. Are you ready to follow Jesus in his way of the cross? Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart which no unworthy thought can drag downwards; an unconquered heart which no tribulation can wear out; an upright heart which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Amen. Good morning...

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Do you know the love that knows no bounds? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)  Do you know the love that knows no bounds? Friends, as Jesus dines with his beloved friends, Mary does something which only love can do. She took the most precious thing she had and spent it all on Jesus. Her love was not calculated but extravagant. Mary’s action was motivated by one thing, and one thing only, namely, her love for Jesus and her gratitude for God’s mercy. She did something, however, a Jewish woman would never do in public. She loosed her hair and anointed Jesus with her tears. It was customary for a woman on her wedding day to bound her hair. For a married woman to loosen her hair in public was a sign of grave immodesty. Mary was oblivious to all around her, except for Jesus. She took no thought for what others would think, but what would please her Lord. In humility she stooped to anoint Jesus’ feet and to dry them with her hair. How do you anoint the Lord’s feet and show him your love and gratitude? Give me, Lord Jesus, a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of you. Take from me all lukewarmness in meditation, dullness in prayer. Give me fervour and delight in thinking of you and your grace, your tender compassion towards me. Amen. Good morning and...

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Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your home and heart? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)  Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your home and heart? Friends, on this Palm/Passion Sunday, I greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus, who went to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited him – betrayal, rejection, and crucifixion. The people of Jerusalem, however, were ready to hail him as their Messianic King! Little did they know what it would cost this king to usher in his kingdom. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem riding on a colt was a direct fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy of Zechariah (9:9). The colt was a sign of peace. Jesus enters Jerusalem in meekness and humility, as the Messianic King who offers victory and peace to his people. That victory and peace would be secured in the cross and resurrection which would soon take place at the time of Passover. Jesus Christ came to bring us the kingdom of God. He is the true King who offers peace, joy, and everlasting life for those who accept his kingship. Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your heart and home? Does your home, family, office, workshop, market squares, heart echo with the praise of his glory? Lord Jesus, be the King and Ruler of my heart, mind, life, and home. May my life reflect your meekness and humility; May...

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Do you allow fear of opposition to hold you back from doing God’s will? 

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P)  Do you allow fear or opposition to hold you back from doing God’s will? Friends, Jesus set his face like flint toward Jerusalem, knowing full well what awaited him there (Luke 9:51; Isaiah 50:7). It was Jewish belief that when the high priest asked for God’s counsel for the nation, God spoke through him. What dramatic irony that Caiaphas prophesied that Jesus must die for the nation. The prophet Ezekiel announced that God would establish one people, one land, one prince, and one sanctuary forever.  The way to glory and victory for us is through the cross of Jesus Christ. Are you ready to take up your cross and follow Christ in his way of victory? Lord Jesus, may we your disciples be ever ready to lay down our lives in conformity to your will, to willingly suffer and die for you, that we may also share in your victory and glory. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious Saturday!  40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan  Day 34 Read John...

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