Lord, I pray today for those who have lost the faith they once had. Show them the emptiness of life without Christ. Convince them of what they are missing. Show them also the superficiality of the excuses they are using to justify their decision to abandon their faith. Restore them to Christ and to God. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, on this day of Pentecost, fill me anew with your Holy Spirit until I love Jesus with all my heart. Let your Spirit permeate your whole church in all its denominations and variations. May it prompt us to overcome the creeping bureaucracy and stuffy formalism and direct us to mission and evangelism. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for military service personnel especially those who are stationed in countries far away from their home lands. Keep them safe from all harm and enable them to keep in touch with their families. Supply them with news from home and help them to see the purpose of their present situation. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
“When everything and everyone is finally under God’s rule, the Son will step down, taking his place with everyone else, showing that God’s rule is absolutely comprehensive – a perfect ending!”
1 Cor 15:27,28 EHP
Many people believe that time goes round and round in a circle of never-ending motion. It doesn’t. The Bible, at least, conceives as time beginning, continuing and ending. And God can intervene at any point. At one point he intervened and brought about creation. It was an act of God. At another point he intervened and rescued his people from slavery in Egypt. At another he stepped in and gave Jesus. He will step in at the end of all things and bring everything under subjection to his rule. The fact that he raised Jesus Christ from the dead shows that he is supreme Lord and that he has already overcome the forces of evil and death in a preliminary way.
There is much to come in the meantime. Two thousand years have passed since he raised Jesus. Humanity has moved on. Empires have arisen and fallen away. Great people have come and gone. Wars have raged. Many scientific inventions and technological advances have taken place. Many medical cures for old illnesses have come and enriched and lengthened human life. Different systems of government have been tried. Social customs have been tried. Humanity has “advanced”. Many have come to reject any notion of God. Many belief systems have been tried – and abandoned.
It is all under God’s final sway and control. Nothing we do can get him to “gee-up” because we are impatient to see the final end. Nor can anything we do delay that grand summing up. He will bring his final consummation whenever it shall please his will. Keep watching.
Lord God, it’s all in your hands!
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