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The writer of the Psalms declared his intention to meet with God and said,
“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” (Psalm 5.3)
The Psalmist also said,
“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.” (Psalm 141.2)
Our next series of blog articles will follow the desire of of the Psalm writers to meet with God both morning and evening.
Our morning meeting with God will focus on selected portions from the Old Testament prophets and the evening time will center around the letters of Paul.
Morning – Jonah, the Prophet
Jonah was a bridge between the prophets like Elijah and Elisha and the writing prophets, such as Amos and Hosea. Jonah gives us a very good picture of what the life of a prophet was like.
— The Call – True prophets only served because God called them into service.
This was God’s direction to Jonah: “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me” (Jonah 1.2).
— Faith-Stretching Demands – Prophets needed great courage and faith to follow God’s guidance.
Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria. The Assyrians were brutal conquerors who often used torture and slavery against their enemies.
— Your Will Be Done – The lives and the message of the prophets revealed how God answers the petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Your will be done,” in varied ways.
In Jonah’s case, he ran from God’s will. Even though he tried to avoid doing God’s will, God made sure he followed through and accomplished his purposes.
Praying about Jonah’s Story Today
Here are some prayer points from the first chapter of Jonah. Please take time to read the first chapter of Jonah.
(1) God made clear what his will was for Jonah (Jonah 1.2). Talk to God about what his will is for your life.
(2) Jonah’s response was this: “But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1.3).
Check in with God and see if you feel close to his presence. If so, great. If not, could it be that you are not doing something he has given you to do?
(3) Out of his love for Jonah and others, God refused to allow Jonah to run away. He sent a storm to bring Jonah to his senses (Jonah 1.4-6).
Think about the “storms” of life you have encountered. If you are in the “storm” right now, ask God to give you his guidance.
(4) Jonah’s rebellion brought shame upon him before people who didn’t follow God (Jonah 1.7-16).
Ask God to show you any of your attitudes or actions may bring shame to you and dishonor to God today.
Evening Prayer – 1 Corinthians 1
After a common greeting, Paul wrote this in the first chapter of his Letter to the Corinthians
(1) Verse 4 – “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus.”
As we follow the pattern of the Psalm writers and praise God this evening, think of people for whom you are thankful and tell God about them.
I am thankful for these categories of people. In my prayer time, I will list them by name to our Lord and Savior.
— The people who have prayed for the ministry of the church and her leaders have given us a gift that can only be fully realized when we get to heaven.
— People who freely serve God and other people in a number of practical ways are a tremendous encouragement to us all.
— People who work behind the scenes to make sure that the church building is operational, safe and clean.
— I am continually blessed by how God transforms drug addicts and ex-offenders into people who love and serve him in very powerful ways.
— The pastoral leadership of Jake Taylor and other pastors in western Independence.
(2) Verses 5-7 – For in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind — just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you — so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the work of Jesus, we are rich in the gifts that come from a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
As we meet with God this evening, praise him for the presence of his Spirit in our lives.
— Let’s marvel over the truth that everything Jesus was to his disciples, the Holy Spirit is to us. We have the legitimate opportunity to be in the presence of God, the Holy Spirit, at every moment of every day.
— Thank God for the gifts he has given to you, because you are united with his Spirit. No person has all of the spiritual gifts, but God has given all of us some of the gifts.
— Let the phrase, “that you are not lacking” be your comfort and strength. The Holy Spirit lives within you. He will provide the guidance, direction, and power for what you need today.
Thank God and trust him as you end the day in praise and thanksgiving.
Thank you for reading my blog articles. I hope this new format is helpful to you in your relationship with the Savior.
If you have a prayer request, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or private message me on Facebook. Maywood Baptist Church is blessed to have prayer team who are pleased to pray for you.