Topic: Ceaseless Cry [Thursday May 18, 2017]
Text: Psalm 119:145-152
Key Verse: “I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word” (Psalm 119:147).
Calling on the Lord in prayer for expected answers demands the fulfillment of some conditions. The person praying must have faith in the One he is petitioning; he must rid his heart of all worldly distractions; he must have intimate knowledge of the God he is praying to; he must joyfully invoke promises that God has made concerning answers to prayers; finally, he must “pray without ceasing.”
It is pleasing to note that in the passage for today’s meditation, the Psalmist met all the scriptural requirements. He proves that he is approaching a Lord, whose statutes he is familiar with. He promises to honour His laws. Acknowledging God’s lovingkindness, he vows to allow those commandments to quicken him. He needs this so that he would not be like those “that are far from thy law.” Back in verses 147 and 148, he spent the night praying, reading the word of God and meditating on the precious promises of the Lord. Finally in verse 152, he expresses full assurance of his intimacy with his faith in the unfailing word of God. It is the knowledge of the word of God and faith in the One who authored it that liberates and prepares one for heaven.
The believer uses the promises in the Bible to pray and receive answers. It is the sure word of God the sinner reads or hears that convicts him or her to repent and receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It is the same Word the runaway backslider returns to in order to make peace with God. It is this same gospel of salvation we all must take to the lost world in dire need of a solution to its myriad of problems. God is waiting to answer their prayers if they call on Him in faith.
Thought for the day: The Gospel of Christ is the cure-all pill the sick world needs.
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Thessalonians 1-5
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