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Monday 28 October 2019

The Word - Pray! Don't Faint..

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Luke 18:1
Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. Luke 11:5-8

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Eph. 6:18

I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. As a prince hast thou power with God and with men. Gen. 32:26, 28

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Col. 4:2

[Jesus] went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12
Reading from Daily Light.
It’s good to meditate on prayer.
Who is our greatest example in this? 
Of course, the LORD Jesus, Who frequently came  apart to commune with His Father.
May I do likewise, may I daily grow more like Jesus.
Hymn - More About Jesus
1 More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of his saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

2 More about Jesus let me learn,
More of his holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me. [Refrain]

3 More about Jesus in His Word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing his voice in ev'ry line,
Making each faithful saying mine. [Refrain]

4 More about Jesus on his throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More if His kingdom's sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of peace. [Refrain]

Words by
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt: Songs from a Bed of Pain
Can there be a purpose in a crippling ailment?
Eliza Hewitt may have wondered that. Eliza was born on June 28, 1851 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Educated in the local school system, she graduated as valedictorian of the Girl's Normal School that she attended. She became a teacher in the public schools of her city.
But then came misery. Her career screeched to a halt when she was forced to bed with a painful spinal problem. (Full post here - it's  said her debilitating condition was caused by a wreckless student striking her with a piece of slate, an individual student's portable blackboard.) 
Lying in bed, she could have been bitter. Instead, she studied English literature and began to sing and write:-
"Sing the wondrous love of Jesus; sing his mercy and his grace.
In the mansions bright and blessed he'll prepare for us a place."
We remember Eliza Hewitt today because of those hymns. Had she never been bed-ridden, she might not have written them. 
Among the best known are, "When We All Get to Heaven" "Sunshine in My Soul," "Will there be any Stars in My Crown?" and "More About Jesus Would I Know."

Again the Lord had a higher wiser purpose in pain in this young life.
May this bless you as it has me.
Sending prayer hugs, 🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz.x
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Sunshine Country said...

Have still been away from home where I find it harder to leave comments on blogs as often, but it encourages me and brightens my day every time I get an email with a new post from your blog. Such needed reminders and encouragements to keep remaining stedfast in prayer despite discouraging delays, and often being cast down at the state of churches I visit here in the U.S. (since being away have visited seven different churches in three different states, and it is the case wherever I go, of people going after fleshly entertainment and dwindling church attendance, as the simple Old Gospel story no longer appeals to them. Easy to become discouraged, but it starts with searching my own heart. Lord, am I right before you? Is there any sin in me I need to turn from? The coming of the Lord is surely drawing near; we have a victorious Saviour, no matter how dark the world around us becomes! Thank you for blessing us with these posts.

Sunshine Country said...

Only just now got your comment on my blog - thank you, I appreciate so much your prayers! You've been on my mind also to prayfor as well, even in my lack of commenting. Have been praying that the Lord will hold you up to be fairhful in prayer, as I know it is easy to become weary. You are right, that fastimg does focus our minds in the right direction. I am thankful the Lord does see our hearts, and desires. May He keep us true to Him in all things by His grace. I like to pray the verse Paul wrote:
1 Thessalonians 5:23 "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Betsy said...

Oh how I love the hymns you have mentioned in today's post and I had no idea of the authors story. I fear our generation may be the last to know these wonderful hymns of faith and hope. Very rarely are hymns sung in today's churches. However, refuse to give them up. I have several hymnbooks that I sing from here at home and I have them programmed into Pandora through my television internet.
Much love and many blessings to you my dear sister in Christ.

kiwimeskreations said...

How encouraging you are Shaz - this is another timely post for me. I do treasure your prayers, and I will be praying for you as you head to the city this week.
What a wonderful hymn, and from such a faith-filled woman of God

Brenda said...

What an encouraging post Sis! Prayers are always needed and heard. With prayers though, I feel we should always give thanks as well. We all have much to be thankful for, even if we have a crippling ailment like Eliza Hewitt. Choose joy everyday! I love that Eliza didn't just give up but instead sung Jesus's praises, love the hymns for sure! Love to sing hymns in church as well. Thank you for the blessings of this post. Hugs, prayers and blessings, Brenda

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful story! I had never heard that. It reminded me of Fanny Crosby and how God used her so mightily after she became blind. Thank you for this reminder about prayer. I am in much need of it right now, sweet sis, for an upcoming situation. God is so faithful, and I am so thankful we can call upon Him in all things. May He bless you!

Anne said...

Such a great post and such an encouragement not to give up but pray, pray and pray! I loved the story about Eliza Hewitt although to be hit so hard by a child is unbelievable. How do we react when things go wrong? Don't we first look inward, even if it is but for a moment? This lady is an inspiration and to God goes the glory!

Valerie said...

Sister in Christ, what a word in season! Just this morning the Holy Spirit gave me the passage in Luke at your post's beginning, and others, to meditate and pray on. Felt a nudge from the Spirit to read your blog today, and there that passage is at the beginning, with much more spiritual treasure as well! No coincidences, just God incidences! May our Heavenly Father richly bless you for the light you shine.

Conniecrafter said...

It is always neat to hear the stories behind the hymns. Amazing how God will slow us down when we need to stop and listen to what he has to say to us. We just need to do it!