30 Days of Prayer - Day 28
Luke 3: 4-14
Isaiah had spoken of John when he said,
"He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, "Prepare the way for the Lord's coming! Clear the road for him! The valleys will be filled , and the mountains and hills made level, The curves will be straightened , and the rough places made smooth . And then all the people will see the salvation sent from God. "
When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, "You broad of snakes! Who warned you to flee God's coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don't just say to each other, We're safe, for we are descendants of Abraham. That means nothing, for I tell you , God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. Even now the ax of God's judgement is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire."
The crowds asked, "what should we do?" John replied. "If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food , share it with those who are hungry." "Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, "Teacher, what should we do?" He replied, "Collect no more taxes than the government requires." "What should we do?" asked some soldiers. John replied, "Don't extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay."
The scripture above means , John the Baptist (Wilderness Prophet , a loner, and one of the greatest prophets in history) was conveying to the people of his day and to us, (God's Word is just as relevant today!) that we should prepare the way by removing the things in our lives that keep us away from the Lord. When we do this , we can expect God to begin working through us .
Our sin , keeps us from hearing God's voice or calling on our life. We should give ourself over to God, so He can work His power of righteousness through us. When we repent through His Son, Jesus , we can begin to live free from bondage, and condemnation . And receive eternal life!!! This is great news!!
Know this; we Do Not have to wait to be good, and clean up our sin to come to God. He is ready and waiting!! He loves all of us, and if you are still here ---- He is waiting for you!!! Make the decision today, to give your life, to the "One", who gave His life, for you. (Jesus Christ) Yes , you will change, and may not have the same crowd of friends, but you will have gained everything that comes from being a follower of Jesus Christ.
Here is the list:
3) Eternal Life
8) Healing from past hurts as you leave the pain at the Cross.
9) Hear from God and are filled with the Holy Spirit!
10) Strength and energy to get things done and to get through the difficult times.
Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. But remember they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead.
The Bible counsels us to TRUST God -through good times and yes, even bad and difficult times. As we begin relying on His wisdom and will for our life- we become unchained to the things that bring us great grief and pain. Trust removes fear, anxiety, hate, and depression.
Lord God, I pray all who are reading this repent, and turn their life over to You. And those who know You Father God, who may have fallen away, and back into their former dead sinful lifestyle , rededicate their life to You, Jesus.
I pray each of us forgive those who have wronged us, and they see You in us. I pray that we become more like You,(Christlike) everyday. May we cheerfully give in Your name Father God, in time and money. I pray for healing over the Body of Christ, every sickness, addiction, depression, distraction, fear, anxiety, mental illness , etc. May each of us feel Your healing, peace, joy, and comfort upon our life. May we no longer walk in the dark but be flooded with Your light. May our spiritual growth be seen by all, in Jesus name, AMEN!!
Thank you Father, for Your goodness, Your forgiveness, Your love, Your patience , Your kindness, Your strength and Your peace. I pray all these things come to pass in Jesus name, Amen!
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