“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.'” (Luke 1:46-47)
As I read through this passage this morning, it reminded me that our souls and spirits should be in a state of continuous praise towards our God, who so abundantly cares for us and fulfills His promises to us every day!
“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.'” (Luke 9:23-24)
What a perfect verse to meditate and pray over this morning as millions and millions of Christians gather virtually together in their homes (and possibly in places of worship) to worship together on Sunday. While the coronavirus may be putting a hamper on normal day-to-day activities, it should never put a hamper on our worship!
So what does it mean to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus? It may not mean what you think.
“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” (Matthew 19:26)
Are you rich? If you have an income of at least $32,400 per year, then the rest of the world says you are.
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9)
I remember a time when I used to think prayer was largely pointless and it didn’t really make a difference if I prayed or not. Is God listening? Does He care? Isn’t He just going to do what He wants to anyway?
“From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said, ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.'” (Jonah 2:1-2)
Even as a prophet of God, Jonah was as human as you and I, making many mistakes during his time of ministry. He ran away from God to the point where he was cast overboard from a boat, and the Lord sent a great fish to swallow him whole, where Jonah stayed three days and three nights. (more…)