FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3, NIV)
Dig Deeper: John 17
We are not alone. By prayer we connect with our brothers and sisters to connect with our God, who joins us in our prayers by his Holy Spirit. Why do we pray? For us? For our benefit? Sure. But foremost we pray for the presence of God in Jesus Christ to manifest himself in the community of faith. To know the one true God and experience the joy of his salvation together and to see his kingdom burst forth in us. Let’s pay more attention to our prayer life. Not just alone but as a church. It is a root of happiness in the Lord.
“Would you be happy?” asked Spurgeon. “Be much in prayer.” Seriously, could it possibly be that simple? Prayer draws us into intimacy with God, and the presence of God is our joy. [Where] there is a people of regular and patterned prayer, they are in pursuit of radical joy in the Lord. The Lord, in fact, has prayed already for them—for the wellsprings of eternal life to overflow in them as they lift the prayers of the people all together. They are gathered up in the joyful lap of the Father, and his love song over them is happiness.
Source of quote: Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The C. H. Spurgeon Collection (Albany, OR: Ages Software, 1999), I.I20.
– Tim McConnell in Happy Church
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