Praying Continually – January 12th
We are on day 12 of blogging through the Bible using the Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan
Abram and his son Lot have amassed lots of livestock and quarrelling arises among the herdsmen, so they agree to separate. Abram gives Lot the choice and so Lot takes the better looking land and leaves Abram with Canaan.
We are introduced to Sodom as an evil place and then God speaks to Abram about Canaan becoming the land of Israel.
Nehemiah has spent some time fasting and goes before the King who can see he is downcast. The King asked him why. Nehemiah sends up an arrow prayer and answers. We need both types of prayer – times before the Lord and arrow prayers in the midst of situations – if your walk with God is just the latter it will be the weaker!
Artaxerxes gives Nehemiah permission to go and everything he will need.
Upon arrival at Jerusalem, Nehemiah wisely goes out when no one is around to see the enormity of the task. Having counted the cost, he casts the vision.
For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks – our words show what is in our hearts, good or bad. Very challenging!
Peter is thrown in prison by Herod and the church are praying for him. An angel comes, releases him and he walks to where the prayer meeting is. The people don’t believe it can be him outside – not exactly expectant prayer!
Herod meets his end – when people shout out he is god and he took it on, the real God struck him down!
The word of God continues to increase and spread!