Friday, November 4, 2016

"Wondrous, Overwhelming"

"Wondrous, Overwhelming"

    The following thoughts refer to a sublime Biblical truth.  I find the consideration overwhelming, and hope I can express it in words that approach the wonder.

    "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding" (Colossians 1:9).

    Did God answer this prayer of the Apostle Paul for the Colossian believers?  He did.  The epistle of Colossians itself became the answer.  The glorious light of the Lord Jesus Christ illuminates any Christian who reads the epistle to the Colossians.  Thus, Paul prayed for his brothers and sisters in Christ.  God answered his prayer.  The Colossians (and millions of other believers) were blessed by the Lord because a Christian prayed.

    This truth, considered carefully, will fill and overwhelm our hearts with wonder.   How many blessings come our way because a fellow believer prays for us?  How many rays of light shine upon our hearts because one of God's trusting children in Christ asked Him to illuminate us?  How many provisions grace us with supply for the same reason?  How many protections?  How many comforts?  How many enablings?  How many moments of glory, when the invisible God so graces us with His goodness that it almost seems we look into His face?  Again, how many things happen in our lives because a fellow believer mentions our name before the Throne of grace?  

   We live our lives as not only the beneficiaries of our Heavenly Father, but also of believers who seek His grace for their brothers and sisters in Christ.  Moreover, when God answers a prayer prayed for one, many others inevitably benefit.  His supply for me in response to your prayers does not simply remain in my hands.  It also prepares and enables me to share that supply with others.  Take comfort, for example.  As the Lord encourages my heart through your intercession, the balm flows not only to me, but through me.  "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God" (II Corinthians 1:3-4).  Thus, a prayer prayed for one leads to answers bestowed upon many.

   Again, I find few Biblical considerations more wondrous and overwhelming.  Innumerable moments of blessing come to us because somebody, somewhere loves us enough to seek God's involvement in our hearts and lives.  Some of those prayers may have been prayed before we were born.  The 17th chapter of John records the Lord Jesus Himself praying not only for the disciples with Him at the time, but "for them also who shall believe on Me through their word" (John 17:20).  In one sense, every blessing of life flows to us through that prayer offered two thousand years before our parents conceived us.   However, the prayers of fellow believers also grace us with glories we experience because they approach the Throne with our heart in their hands, as it were, seeking God's care of it.  Such truth elicits gratitude to God, and also to each other.  The Lord Jesus prayed for us before we were born, as doubtless did parents, grandparents, and who knows who else?  Others have interceded throughout our lifetime.  Some pray even now, again, presenting our hearts to the Lord as they seek His good grace for us.  Wondrous, overwhelming, and as I close, I know that many of you regularly bring my heart and the hearts of my family unto the Lord.  I cannot begin to thank you enough, and I am completely aware that countless moments of blessing come to us through your prayers.  The realization is sublime.  Again, how many moments of blessing come our way because somebody, somewhere seeks for us God's good grace?  We will never know in this lifetime, but we can be sure that the answer is wondrous, overwhelming.

"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end, Amen."
(Ephesians 3:20)

Weekly Memory Verse
    The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made free from the law of sin and death.
(Romans 8:2)

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