Praying without Ceasing

There is a penchant in humanity to take things to the extreme. Many in our society will make desperate attempts to gain more intimacy with God to the point of neglecting their duties to family and society.

They will cloister their self from life and spend their time in their prayer closet, reading God’s Word and listening to sermons. In an attempt at holiness, they desert all aspiration to communicate with anyone other than God.

Yet, in doing this they prevent God from using them to reach the lost and dying world around us. God instructs us to pray without ceasing at the same time that we do every mundane task of life for His glory (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Until the day on which He returns to claim His Bride for His own, God calls for His Saints to give Him a balance of devotional prayer in our closet and obedience to His will (1 Samuel 15:22; John 14:15).

Then He will take us home to be with Him for eternity. Our current position in Christ allows us to see life from God’s perspective and to choose our words and actions according to the will of God.

In this way, we are always moving toward perfection, which is the prize of the high calling of God (Matthew 5:48; Philippians 3:14).

 

Carrying on throughout our day, we pray without ceasing each moment in order to remain in His will (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Jesus taught the disciples how to pray using this formula (Matthew 6:9-13):

1.) Praising God’s majesty

2.) Anticipating the coming of His Kingdom

3.) Requesting our needs to be met

4.) Repenting of our sins

5.) Forgiving those who sin against us

6.) Acknowledging His Lordship

As we live in a place of communion with God during every waking moment, we have so much assurance of His love for us that we are able to rejoice regardless of the circumstance surrounding us (Romans 8:28).

Prayer:

Father God, as we walk in Your Spirit, we give thanks for everything that happens to us – the good, the bad and the ugly, because we know this is Your will and You always work out all things for our ultimate good (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17; Romans 8:28).

We rejoice and give You praise and thanksgiving for Your eternal care for everything that concerns us. We could never, ever repay You for Your personal love and care for each one of us. Thank You for taking a personal interest in our life and for providing for all of our needs.

Thought for the Day:

As we gather around the throne of Heaven, there will be a great innumerable multitude from every single nation, tribe, people and language group all standing there with us in worship and thanksgiving before our redeeming Lamb. – Revelation 7:9

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Consuming Union with Christ

God spews out of His mouth anyone who lives a lukewarm life (Revelation 3:16). Our union with God is so intimate that He consumes us into Himself.

Not only do we have a spiritual union with Jesus through salvation, sanctification and eventually glorification; but we also enjoy an even more intimate unity as we consume Him into our self.

Jesus calls us to eat His body and drink His blood (John 6:53-59). During communion, we symbolically drink the juice and eat the bread, which represents His body and blood (Romans 12:5).

Life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11, 14; Deuteronomy 12:23). We receive eternal life through the blood, which Jesus’ shed on the cross (John 3:16).

There is one bread, Jesus, from which the whole body of Christ partakes (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). We are Christ’s body and each of us is an essential part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:4).

We commemorate His sacrifice through the ordinance of communion, but we also have spiritual communion with the Lord each moment of every day.

When we consume Jesus, we have eternal life, because He is an integral part of our very being (John 6:57). Our intimacy with Christ sustains us individually and as His corporate Body – the visible expression of Jesus on the earth.

Jesus made it clear that His food is doing the will of our Father (John 4:34). Even at a young age, Jesus found satisfaction by living in the center of God’s will (Luke 2:41-52). God’s will is our food as well.

Prayer:
Father God, when we thirst for You, our Almighty God, Your living water quenches our thirst (Psalm 42:2). We hunger for Jesus, our bread of life, and You fill us until You satisfy our longing (Luke 6:21; John 6:35).

We ingest Christ’s flesh, which He gave for the life of the world, and we live eternally (John 6:51). We drink the living water, and we are intimately united and completely satisfied (John 4:13-14). Teach us the reality of this intimate union with you.

Thought for the Day:
Completely satisfied through Christ in us, we never hunger or thirst for anything this world has to offer us. – Colossians 1:27; Galatians 2:20; Revelation 7:16
#Many thanks to my brother-in-Christ and mentor, Dan Busey, for helping me to see the revelation of this total intimate unity with Jesus.

Inspired, Fulfilled and Motivated

The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, gives us His spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can fully know Him. He enlightens the eyes of our heart, so we may experience our hope in His calling for us. We have many riches in the glorious inheritance He prepared for His Saints. He showers every authentic, Born Again Believer with the incomparable greatness of His mighty power (Ephesians 1:17-19).

Jesus did not leave us as orphans when He returned to His glory in Heaven. Although He is with our Father, He also dwells in us and He promised to return for us in the future (Acts 1:11). Even though the world does not see Jesus anymore, authentic Believers will see Him, because He abides in us (Galatians 2:20). When He ascended to Heaven, Jesus asked our Father God to give us His Spirit as our advocate (John 14:26). His Spirit is our guarantee that we will live with God for eternity (Ephesians 1:14).

God only gives His Spirit to those who love Him. The Spirit keeps and guides us through every day of our life. He helps us and lives in us forever. Those who are not Born Again cannot accept God’s Spirit. They do not believe in His existence, so they cannot know Him intimately like we do. God’s Spirit delivers us from our self, and helps us to love God by conforming us to the image of Christ and helping us to keep God’s commandments (John 14:15-21; Romans 8:29).

God and His Christ loved us while we were still sinners, and Jesus promises that He will show Himself to those who love Him (John 14:21). We do not work for God in our flesh, but we are filled with His Spirit and do only those works, which He pre-ordained for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). God fills us as we follow His Spirit’s direction. Communing with our Father keeps us inspired, motivated and fulfilled, as we walk in the Spirit and live in God’s will each moment of our day (Galatians 5:16-25).

Prayer:
Father God, thank you for not leaving us as orphans in this world (John 14:18), but for giving us Your presence and Your Spirit to love, guide and comfort us always. We rely on You to keep us in submission to Your will, so that we can live a victorious life in Your grace and mercy. Thank You for communing with us in our spirit as we pray. Keep us ever mindful that you are near to those who love You (Psalm 91:14).

Thought for the Day:
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord. – James 4:10