Plea for Grace September 5, 2022

Hebrews 4:12-16 ESV - 
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 
13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

God’s Word is not some ancient book of fables and good advice. God’s Word is God revealing Himself. As God is always relevant, God’s Word is always relevant, always true, always sufficient.

God tells us to come to Him. We ask Him for wisdom (James 1), we come for rest (Matthew 11), we confess our sin (1 John 1) — Jesus not only knows every thought and motive, but He also understands every difficulty and temptation. God is so personal!

The Spurgeon sermon on prayer (1039) brought up an interesting comparison. In the book of Esther we read that no one dared approach Ahasuerus unless he called first. If someone did dare to approach uninvited, he would be put to death unless the king extended his scepter. God does not treat His children in this matter. We have an open invitation, and we come according to His mercy and grace. We come to God as our gracious heavenly Father and not as a capricious moody king.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Pray for the Persecuted Church–OpenDoorsUSA

For Christians in Tunisia, the pressure they face is widespread and constant. The situation is particularly
dire for Christians who have converted from Islam. It can be dangerous to espouse their faith, so many
believers are forced to worship Jesus secretly. They must also be careful when gathering for worship—as
they are monitored by Tunisian security services.

Day 1: Pray with Christians in Tunisia who have
converted from Islam. Ask God to encourage them,
even when they must follow Him in secret

Daily Wisdom
Psalm 21-25
Proverbs 5

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