December 27, 2017
The Reward of Friendship With God
As far as we know, only two people on earth were shown by God who the Messiah would be – two who waited on Him in the courts of the Lord. One was a priest named Simeon and one was a prophet and intercessor, Anna. These were not religious ones or they would not have recognized Jesus at all. These were those with Gods own heart, His friends, those with His eyes and His ears – eyes that see and ears that hear. He made them a promise, and, as old as they were, they saw that promise fulfilled. Jesus, the Savior of the world, was revealed to them.
“Anna, a prophet, was also there. She was a descendant of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was now very old. Her husband had died seven years after they were married, and she had been a widow for 84 years. Anna never left the temple courtyard but worshiped day and night by fasting and praying. At that moment she came up to Mary and Joseph and began to thank God. She spoke about Jesus to all who were waiting for Jerusalem to be set free.” (Luke 2:36-38; GWT)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- How’s your love life – with God, that is? We can all find more time to hang out with Him and fall even more deeply in love. Decide to do that as you move into 2018.
- If you want to know God’s plans, see things as they unfold, and understand what is happening in current affairs, you are going to have to spend time with Him. There are no short-cuts. Ask Him to help you with a new level of discipline.
- The natural response to seeing Jesus is telling others about Him. This will be the wave of evangelism about to hit our shores. It won’t be because we went to school to learn how to evangelize. It will be because we have been with Jesus and are compelled to tell others about Him. Pray it in!
A prayer you can pray:
Father, I want to fall even more deeply in love with You. I want to just hang out with you a part of every day. Minimize distractions in my life and draw me to You. Heal any broken, fearful places in my heart, so I don’t hesitate. Show me what You want me to see. I want to see Jesus, and I want to see what You are doing in America and the rest of the world. You are up to something and I don’t want to miss out on a thing! Stir my heart to want to tell others the things I know of Jesus. Spark the wave of evangelism in my neck of the woods. Use me in my circle of influence. Amen.
I decree that the Bride is coming into more intimacy in order to go out into the harvest fields!
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