Prayer and the Whole of Life
This magnificent prayer makes life before God a whole-of-life affair. These people were the people of God and God was to be their first and final resort in all aspects of their life..
Solomon reckons on God as a promise keeping God and so we find Him to be also. We live by and upon His promises.
The great and prayerful George Mueller wrote: “… the first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lord’s blessing upon His precious word, was, to begin to meditate on the word of God, searching, as it were, into every verse to get blessing out of it. … The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or tho thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication; so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less to prayer. When thus I have been for awhile making confession, or intercession, or supplication, or have given thanks, I go on to the next words or verse, turning all, as I go on, into prayer for myself or others, as the Word may lead to it.”
The Sovereign Lord of all listens to our prayers and we are shaped as we pray.
Jesus Begins His Public Ministry
The Kingdom that Jesus proclaimed and whose powers he demonstrated has come, not yet in its fullness, but it has come. The final rule of God has broken into our fallen world and it is being peopled by those who become new creations through faith in Jesus.
We who look to Jesus wait expectantly for that final day knowing that as Paul wrote: “… we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)