Friday, August 21, 2020


Today’s Reading: Exodus 17

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

I found this fascinating rock formation at Timna National Park in the Negev Desert and wilderness of southern Israel. The hiking trail leads you right through the middle of this arch. – Reynold

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Exodus 17:15

And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner.


The Children of Israel asked an important question: “Is the Lord with us or not?” Again and again God proved that He was with them. Moses was frustrated because the people looked to him instead of God for their needs. The lesson is that we should not look to a leader or the government, or even our parents (as we grow older) to be our provider. THE LORD IS OUR PROVIDER! God provided an abundance of fresh water for the Children of Israel. He also provided a military victory over the Amalakites who had attacked Israel. Yes, our leaders need to be there. Like Aaron and Hur we must support our God-given leaders. When we hold up their tired hands, we’ll succeed, and when we let them down, we’ll fail.  Our Pastor, our government leaders, leaders of ministries such as Crossroads, need to be supported. Check out Romans 13:1 and 1Timothy 2:1-2. That daily altar of prayer for our leaders should be as a “banner” which declares our faithfulness and our loyalty.


Lord, here I am at the altar of prayer. I pray for all who are in leadership over me. In this way, I join Aaron and Hur in lifting up tired hands. Thus I am assured of victory in the challenges of life. You are my “Banner.” I will tell the world that You are my “Lord.” In Jesus’ Name, the Name I lift high, Amen!


I remember the street meetings conducted on Saturday evenings when all the farmers would come to town to shop on the main street. This was before malls were developed. It was exciting to watch the Salvation Army parade from their citadel to their corner where they would pray, sing, play their instruments, and preach the Gospel. Their banner waved above us all to proclaim, “Blood and Fire.” A little humour here: one lady with a big personality asked me, “Do you know what your belly button is for?” And then with a big laugh, she said, “It’s to hold the end of the flag pole when you march.” The bass drummer was told by a very proper lady, “We have a bell which says, ‘Come to church.'” The drummer replied with the pounding of his drum and said, “And my drum says, ‘Go get them and bring them in.'” It’s really early in the morning as I type my blog. Later, I’m going to town and I must find a way to wave a banner, my witness that Jesus is Lord!

Yours for a wise, strong and effective witness for Jesus,


16 thoughts on “Friday, August 21, 2020

  1. Yes, the Lord is our Provider, we are reminded. Thank You Lord! Amen. We are waving our banners high for You Jesus! Wonderful photo Reynold to go with scripture and message. Praying David’s prayer. Oh, to be in love with our Jesus! How sweet is our deliverance. Amen. God bless you dear fellow saints in the Lord. Please pray for my discernment in writing. His love and peace be upon you. Amen.

    Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV

    Light of the World lyric video

    • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you would give Beverlee the right words when she is writing. Sometimes we know what we want to write, but it is hard to put it together on paper so that it makes sense to othersI. However, I believe you will give her the guidance that she needs. I pray this in the Precious Name of Jesus.
      Ps iIt was a wonderful memorial service in Lindsay on Tuesday for my sister-in-law Gladys. Very uplifting and we all knew that she is now in Heaven with her Lord. Blessings to all, Eleanor M.

    • Lord, Your Word tells us that “My sheep hear my voice” I pray that Beverlee will hear Your Voice, and Your prompting, loud an clear as she waits for Your guidance.

  2. Thank You, Lord, for leaders like Moses. He was so refreshingly honest in his leadership. Help us to be honest and open with others also. I find it hard to pray for those I hate. I hate those who lie, who cheat, who steal, who try to make themselves look good at the expense of others… But You, Lord, tell us to bless and not to curse. You tell us “… first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”
    So, Lord, thank You for the leaders we have, especially the good ones. Help them to make good and fair and right decisions. Give them Godly wisdom, Father, so people will turn to You and be saved.
    Also, Lord, help all Your people with all the needs and cares and concerns they have. We commit our families to You in Jesus’s precious name, amen

  3. Amen and thank you bloggers for all of your insightful comments and prayers each and every day!

    Beverlee….as William wrote you do have a way with words, I always look forward to them.
    I have never met you but picture you as a no nonsense kind of lady… one who does not “suffer fools gladly” the saying goes.
    You are honest and direct… to me you’re writing reflects that.
    I’m praying for you!

    • Thank you Eleanor, Bill, Anne, and all the saints, who are praying for me. The fruits of my labour this morning were a blessing. You pegged me, too. Anne. 👍 God bless you all. You are wonderful saints to share with. When my book is done, you will all read it, I am sure. ღ

  4. Praise God for this blog where we can hear God’s word and share our thoughts and uplifting prayers for each other. as well as Canada and its leaders, thank You Jesus that we can lean on You for all our need and prayers, Amen!

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