Posted By Marionne Tucker
Dear brothers and sisters , Again we are blessed with another opportunity to join the 24 hour global prayer chain with members of the Good News Prayer Group. This time the topic is 'prayers for a closer walk with Jesus'. Jesus is calling us to a closer with Him. Many of us have given our lives to Jesus but let me ask you, how close are you to Him? How well do we know Him, how much have we allowed Him to change our lives, do those around us know that we know Jesus, have we held on to certain things or encourage certain behaviors that keep us far from Him? Do people get closer to Jesus by associating with us? These three day we are going to pray and, by His grace, draw closer to Him. The Bible says in James 4:8 'Draw near to Me, and I will draw near to you'. May we spend time, eating His Word and drinking it. Jeremiah 15:16 says 'I found the Word and I ate it.' May we spend time praying and living out the word of God. James 1:22 reads, be not only hearers of the Word but doers also. John 13:17 says 'if you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.' Some of us have become stagnant in our relationship with Jesus. We have become very familiar ....too familiar with Jesus that we have lost our first love and taken Him for granted. May God stir a revival in us....may He give us a renewed love and a resolve fora closer walk with Him. We are all very familiar with the 'Footprints in the sands of time'. There we see Jesus walking along side us and even carrying us. During this prayer time, we are called to follow Him and no other. Are we committed to follow Jesus alone? Do we declare that everywhere He leads us we will follow him? How closely are we committed to following Him? Peter followed from afar off when Jesus was being taken to Calvary. Do we follow afar off or do we follow Him closely? As we pray, here are some verses we should meditate on: Mark 8:34 - If any man come after Me, let Him deny himself , take up his cross and follow me. John 10:4 - The sheep follow Him for they know His voice John 10:27 - My sheep listen to My voice; I know them and they follow Me. Mark 10:21-22 - the rich young ruler Mark 10:28 - Peter said, we have left all and followed His. John 12:26 - if anyone serve me let him follow ME. We should follow Jesus as He followed His Father. He was constantly in tune with His Father. He prayed or communicated with His Father. He listened to His Father. He declared that His meat was to do the will of His Father and to finish it - John 4:34. He knew when to work and when to rest - After creation, God rested. Jesus knew when to take time off and rest. Our bodies are His temples and we need to know when to rest and take care of God's Property. He took time to pray and fast. At the end of Jesus' life, in John 17:4'He said, 'I have glorified You on earth. I have finished the work which you have given Me to do.' Paul followed Jesus closely. In Phil. 1:21, he declared, 'For me to live is Christ to die is gain and at the end of his life he said in 2 Timothy 4:7 'I have fought the goods fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith . Daniel followed God so closely that when the governors and satraps wanted to find fault against him they said in Daniel 6:5 'we shall not find any fault against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God'. Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego chose to follow God and not bow (Daniel 3:17-18) and as a result in Daniel 3:28, Nebuchadnezzar declared 'blessed be the God of......' Do we follow Jesus so closely that we can resist the temptation to choose to forgive, to love our neighbor, not to harbour malice and bitterness.......NOT to bow. Because of our walk and closeness to Jesus, can even the unbeliever say, blessed be the God of ....and want to experience the transforming and sustaining power of this Man, Jesus in their lives? As we go through this chain prayers, may we examine ourselves and identify areas where we have lagged behind and put these before the throne of grace and ask God to enable us to leave these behind and follow Him. We can't drag on sin, and weights as we follow Him. Hebrews 12:2 states that we have to lay aside every sin and weight that so easily besets us. God can set us free to follow Him, if only we allow Him to. We cannot do it on our own strength but by His power at work in our lives. My prayer is that by the end of the chain prayers, we will have testimonies of deliverance from sin and character flaws so our King of kings would be glorified. This exercise is not a ritual but one for us to experience the power of God Christ in our lives. May we learn to: To love Him more dearly To serve Him more faithfully To know Him more clearly To follow Him more nearly/closely. Our prayer should be ' Just a closer walk with Thee Grant it Jesus is my plea. Daily walking close to Thee Let it be dear Lord, let it be. I am weak but Thou art strong Jesus, keep me from all wrong I'll be satisfied as long As I walk let me walk lose to Thee. In this world of toils and snares If I falter, Lord who cares? Who with Thee my burden shares? None but Thee, oh Lord, none but Thee. May God bless, enrich and strengthen us during this time of hungering and thirsting for a closer walk. Following in His foot- steps, for His glory, Sister Onike Gilpin
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