September 25, 2006

When you go before the Lord Jesus in sincere prayer, there’s no way that you’ll come out unchanged.  If you know him as your Savior and Lord, you can’t help but be “altered at the alter” wherever the alter may be.  Even a moment or two at work as you’re moving to a diferent work station will have a profound effect.  That’s a good time to lift up those around you who don’t know Jesus; that he would grant them understanding to the acknowledging of the truth.  He works on their heart and yours also. 

As you know, the more time that you spend with him the more you’ll be changed into his image.  It’s amazing how you can be completly “out of sorts” until you get into a prayer closet.  As you spend time with the Lord he “tunes you up; getting your heart as it should be and you come out in a proper frame of mind.  It’s like Psalm 73.  In the first 16 verses, Asaph (it says that’s a psalm of Asaph) is lamenting the prosperity of the wicked.  They seem to go about their iniquetous devices, they’re strong, they don’t have problems as others do, and they just seem to prosper.  He tells how this injustice perplexed him up until verses 17-19 which read:

 “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.  Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou casteth them down to destruction.  How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment!  They are utterly consumed with terrors.” 

 I imagine that this man came out with compassion for the wicked instead of lamenting them.  Then he could pray for them and as you know, the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  I’ve found that certain individuals who have knack for “pushing your buttons” will get you out of sorts if you allow it to happen, but when you begin to pray for them, your entire outlook changes.  You start to see them not as a pain in the neck, but as a precious soul in need of a Savior.  I love the example of Paul and Silas who were fast in the stocks of a Philippian jail and were praising God at midnight; keeping the other prisoners awake in the process.  I don’t believe it was forced; it’s the natural expression of one who once was lost but now is found.  Their atitude resulted in the jailer and his household coming to Jesus.  (They could have left after the quake, the jailer would have done himself in, and a family would have perished.  Praise God that Paul was walking in the Spirit) 

Pauls life is so fascinating.  In Galatians 1:16 tells how, after his conversion, he conferred not with flesh and blood but went into Arabia and back to Damascus.  What was he doing in Arabia?  Talking to Jesus.  Over half of the new testament was penned by the apostle Paul as he was obedient in every aspect of his life.  Those same principles still apply today as we’re no good to anyone unless we’re abiding in the Lord.  So as I close this post, I pray that we would all abide by the ever so familiar verse of Romans 12:2 which was also penned by the apostle Paul and reads “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”


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