Why it’s “Happy Reformation Day” – why we should care


Because the Lord made this day, and all others, because He is in Heaven and does whatsoever He pleases and all that He does is good!

Thank you, Lord, for the Bible in our own language! For the men whose studies You guided!

Thank you for worship that is more Biblical and that we aren’t compelled to offer false worship to bread and wine!

Thank you for brothers and sisters who went before us, having grown strong in the faith and having overcome! For Tyndale and others who loved not their lives unto the death! All this is of You, Father in Heaven!

Thank you for the so-called Magisterial and Radical Reformers who served you with an upright spirit! For their strengths and weaknesses! And for forgiving their sins and our own!

Thank you for the events recorded in Bible history, Old and New, and the unfolding history of Your Church, for its inspiration and lessons to take to heart!

For the great cloud of witnesses, from Adam to Abraham to the Apostle John, to the Reformers, martyrs, and confessors of that age – and all ages!

For sending Your Son, for His patient endurance of such contradiction of sinners against Himself!

For His costly saving blood!

For the Holy Spirit Who came to live in us and teach us and guide us!

For one another!

For prayer, for praise, for hymns and psalms, for Your great goodness in all You are and do!

For answered prayer and joy made complete!

Happy Reformation Day, happy 500th year! Its victories belong to each of us who are believing Jesus Christ! 


1 Timothy 1:17

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.


Update – Prayer request for a friend!


On Saturday, September 9th, I posted a request for prayer:

Our neighbor had serious surgery that was botched, is in the hospital again after a month in hospital and a month in a rehab facility, and has to make a decision about more surgery. She is very ill and alone and scared. Her husband died two years ago and her children haven’t seen her.

Please pray 

Yesterday our neighbor was transferred to Cleveland Clinic Hospital to have more surgery to correct the mistake. She is really scared and still making decisions alone.

Thank you, brethren, for asking the Lord for all her needs! 

In Jesus love,

Maria


 

 

Biblical Intercession


The Triune God intercedes for us:

Romans 8:26-28; 31-34

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

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The Lord intercedes for us:

Romans 8:31-34

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Hebrews 7:20-25

20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath 21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

“The Lord has sworn
And will not relent,
‘You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek’”),

22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

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We Christians intercede for all men:

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.


Mountain-laurel, Spoonwood, Wouter Hagens, Public Domain

Kalmia latifolia – Mountain-laurel, Spoonwood, Wouter Hagens, Public Domain


 

Crying Out to God in Prayer

Take hope and pray! Even our sighs He hears, and “Tears have a tongue, and grammar, and language, that our Father knoweth.”

Purely Presbyterian

crying-out-to-god-in-prayerSamuel Rutherford

The Trial and Triumph of Faith

Sermon VI, pp. 66-73

 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. (Mat. 15:22)

In her prayer, as it is expressed by Matthew, we have, 1st, The manner of it: “she cried.” 2nd, The compellation, or party to whom she prayeth: “O, Lord, thou Son of David.” 3rd, The petition: “have mercy upon me.” 4th, The reason: “for my daughter is vexed with a devil.”

“She cried.” The poor woman prayed (as we say) with good will, with a bent of affection. Why is crying used in praying? Had it not been more modesty to speak to this soul-redeeming Saviour, who heareth sometimes before we pray, than to cry out and shout?—for the disciples…

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