Here is a rough guide for breaking into the Old Testament in your Bible. Let’s begin at the place of beginnings…Genesis. Why not make Genesis 3:16 a prayer for this year?
“Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
Eve is the first bride taken from the side of the first Adam. A greater Bride, the Bride of Christ was created from the blood and water that poured from Christ’s side on the cross. May your desire for Christ grow this year and may his Kingdom come more fully in your heart.
Now we move onto the Psalm for the day….Oh what a surprise, Psalm 1. Speak to me Lord from Psalm 1
“His delight is in the law of the Lord…Whatever he does prospers…”
Do you want a truly prosperous life? Delight is the key to prosperity!
Learn to savour the Lord’s presence. Enjoy Christ. Delight in Him!
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4
“They feast on the abundance of your house, you give them to drink from your river of delights.” Ps 36:8
Whenever a relation begins to break down we lose our “delight” in the other. Religion and duty can take the place of the passion and delight in our walk with the Lord.
The devil hates delight!
He longs to steal our happiness in the Lord. Being renewed in innocence and purity will bring us back to a fresh delight in the Lord. Delighting in the Lord is also the way to satisfaction and success in 2013.
Delight will encourage us to spend more time praying.
Prayer has been one of the foundational values of Christianity. I sometimes wonder what has ever been achieved by so many hours spent “praying for nations”. I can well remember whole 40 day periods of continuous prayer and fasting during our early days of our ministry. Does being shut in with the Lord really achieve anything? Why not just get on with the evangelism so essential for effective church planting?
I was recently reading about some of the great praying personalities of French history and a phrase spoke strongly to me. It said that such praying people were exercising,
“une secrète fécondité apostolique – a secret apostolic fecundity.”
Without this “secret fruitfulness” a life, a church or a mission loses its ability to sparkle and bless a world. As we step into responsibility for a small church (15 members) – a lone evangelical witness nestled in an area where 300,000 people live in small towns and villages, pray that we will know something of this missionary fruitfulness. Add your secret prayer as we are believing for 50 new people to be added to the church family this year…
I wish you and yours every success and fruitfulness in your own projects.
May you see the light in delight…..It will bring its own reward.
“I delight to do your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8
“Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my joy and my delight…” Psalm 43:4