THE PROPHETIC WORD
Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 22
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Key Verse: 1 Kings 22:15
Then he came to the king; and the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall we refrain?”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord, please keep me true to You and to Your Word. I do want to be true to Your Word, as Micaiah said, “Whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” What You have said, Lord, is here in my Bible. I pray that I will let You speak through my Bible as Peter said, “The prophetic Word made more sure” (2 Peter 1:19a). I recognize that the written Word is “more sure.” Please continue to open the eyes of my understanding every day as I continue this Bible reading discipline. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
A while back I came across an old letter from my mother to a young man named Jim, who was interested in my teenage sister Elaine. Elaine is almost six years older than me. I really liked Jim and hoped he and Elaine would someday be married, but it was not to be. I was eleven at the time. Anyway, here’s some good advice for us all from Mother’s letter…
“It is an encouragement for us to know if we have helped someone heavenward. But then we remember that if we are living close to Jesus our influence is always telling for Him. If we get out of touch, we are ‘scattering abroad,’ instead of ‘gathering with Him.’ Last Sunday I had the privilege of teaching a class of girls, including Elaine [my sister]. One of them told us how she was troubled because evil thoughts would come to her mind. She never dwelt on them, but if she was right with God, these thoughts should not come. We told her that the very fact that she hated those thoughts and put them from her was proof that they had no part in her life. Christ was tempted, even to devil worship, but He resisted the devil. She surprised me in the evening service by coming and thanking me, as this which had troubled her for a long time was cleared up. And so the Lord does use each one of us to help others if we live where we are useable.”
My mother died just six months after she wrote that letter to Jim. Some years ago, when Jim became a Pastor in Hamilton, he gave me two letters he had received from my mother. I treasure these letters. I have given one to each of my two daughters, Elaine and Ellen.
Yours for reading God’s “more sure Word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19a – King James Version), and Happy Mother’s Day!
I have a personal prayer request. I’ve been receiving more requests for speaking engagements than I’ve had in a similar time period since I stepped aside from the leadership of Crossroads. Last Thursday I was the speaker at the Burlington Annual Prayer Breakfast to over 600 business and professional leaders (pictures below). I ask for your prayers that God will give me the strength to serve Him well in eight speaking engagements between now and July 1st, including one in Israel. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!