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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Lord, Save Us! We're Perishing!

Jean Oathout: When I read the Bible's story of the disciples' adventure with Jesus and the furious storm that came up while they were on the lake, I have to wonder something...

Why did they awaken Him from His sound sleep? Did they really think that He could do something about it? Was it their last possible solution they were trying? What made them even think He could help them?

They must have been absolutely at the end of themselves to awaken Him with the hope He could help. No doubt the miracles He'd been doing had some influence on them, to hope that He could figure out what to do!

(Mark 4:37-41) v 40  "And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?"

Do you think that Jesus' question was what they needed to hear? It surely showed Christ's disappointment that after they had asked for His help, they were surprised that He actually stilled the sea. 

They said, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" (see Matt. 8:23-28)

Aren't we like that, too? We plead for His help, and much to our surprise, He intervenes in our situation. It's in the long run that we see what His plan was in answering our prayers, even sometimes over years of our prevailing.

Maybe we should follow the Scripture about rejoicing in our hard times, knowing God has it under His watchful eye. You can be sure He already knows the outcome, and whether or not we will trust Him along the way.

Our having child-like faith is really the key, as God wants us to simply trust Him to do what's best for us, and what will bring Him honor: having the outcome be what only He can get the credit for.

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Let's pray-   Father, forgive us for being surprised that You actually cause good to come out of our situations when we humble ourselves and ask You for help. 

In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.

Today’s Bible verses-

(Ps. 112:4 a) "Unto the righteous upright there ariseth light in the darkness."

(Ecc. 7:12) "For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom giveth life to them that have it."

Some quotes-

~ "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me  seemed insufficient for that day."    Abraham Lincoln

~ "Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: Love, Prayer, and Forgiveness."   H. Jackson
 Brown, Jr.

"All that GOD is, and all that GOD has, is at the disposal of prayer. PRAYER can do anything that GOD can do, and as GOD can do everything, prayer is  omnipotent."   R. A. Torrey

Our quoted thought today-

"Whether young or old we all face uncertain futures. Heaven answers: God's love and goodness encircle us to matter what awaits us. We wait and see what God will do! David Roper

We sail into the uncertain future 
surrounded by the faithfulness of God!"  
(ODB 4/27/16)

Upcoming posts-

The Fragrance of Christ
    22nd- Sunday's post by Marion Stroud

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Just What I Need
    6/5th- Sunday evening's post by Dave Branon

#45 Summary of Prayer Passion
    7th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#46 How to Develop Prayer Passion
    9th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

A popular post- 
What's the Good of Prayer? Oswald ChambersIt is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that 'a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray'; I question it. 

What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer..."

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