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I pray today Lord for ministers of the gospel who feel that they are failures and regret ever offering for the ministry. Help them to lay hold on your patience and recall that your claim is only on their faithfulness and obedience. Keep them praying. I ask in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord guide and inspire all ministers of the gospel who will be leading their congregations in worship today. Empower them with your Holy Spirit to declare the mighty acts of God and to present Jesus as the Saviour of all humanity. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for all Christian believers who are going through a dark and difficult time. Give them courage and lead them to people who can help and guide them. Assure them that they will come through and will find their faith deepened and strengthened. I ask in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“The Lord your God, the Holy one of Israel, … has endowed you with splendour”.
Isa 60: 9 NIV
One of the basic questions in religion is always, “What do you do for your God? And what does your God do for you?” For most of the ancient people the first question was far more important. Faith was mostly a question of what you did for God. You brought him offerings, obeyed his commands, and remained loyal to him.
For the Israelites, however, the big issue was what God did for you. So God said to Abraham, “I will bless you. I will make your name great,” and so on. Their God was a God who did things. And he did things because he loved them. When the disaster of the conquest by the Babylonians happened, the perception was that it was God punishing them for their sins. But now, in Isaiah’s time, God reversed everything. He was “getting going”. He brought the Persian king, Cyrus, into action and he restored the Israelites to their home country. They deserved punishment but, after an interval, he blessed them and endowed them with splendour. Getting back to a broken-down city, all ruins and rubble, was hardly what most people would see as an endowment worth having. But Isaiah was looking far into the future, hoping, dreaming, encouraging, and directing their thoughts.
When Jesus called his first disciples to discipleship, he said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt 4:19). In doing so he was endowing them with splendour. They were going to be called, “A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV). Consider with what God endows you when he calls you to be his disciple.
Lord, thank you for endowing me
with royal and priestly status.
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