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Listen while you read: "Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Us"1 (Lyrics)
Though I was young and inexperienced, I was appointed to be responsible for the evening talk. There would be a fairly large group. Oh, how I agonized over that presentation, praying that the subject would be appropriate for those in attendance. (I have since learned that it is the gracious Holy Spirit Who interprets the Word to those listening, according to their need.) Just before I stood up at the pulpit, the guest soloist sang that lovely old song that begins, "There were ninety and nine that safely lay in the shelter of the fold." My talk was entitled "The Lost Sheep". The guest soloist did not have any idea of the contents of my presentation, nor I the title of her solo. My heavenly Father had it all arranged — He knew that the desire of my heart, even in my inexperience, was in some small way to serve Him.
Isaiah 65:24 – It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet still speaking, I will hear. (NKJV)
So many gifted writers have put the basis of these thoughts into rhyme so that we may retain the meaning of the words more easily in our memory. I think of one hymnist, George Bennard, who has given the Christian world so many hymns, especially "The Old Rugged Cross". The last verse of one hymn in particular puts prayer into perhaps a new perspective:
- God answers prayer in times of trial;
God answers prayer when all seems dark;
God answers prayer, He'll safely guide you,
He loves and knows the way you take.
What a tremendous promise today's Scripture verse is to the timid and even to the undecided people who come to our God with great needs upon their heart. It assures us that our God is not only aware of our needs but already has the answer.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank You for those precious moments when Your actions reveal that we are at one with You in our decisions, in our actions, in our words, yes, and in our quiet times. May our lives reflect a little of Your character as we live in the world which You have chosen for us. We pray in the name of Your Son and our Redeemer, Christ Jesus. Amen.
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Thank you, Vena.
Thanks Vena for a good reminder.
To one who constantly reflects His character — thank you.
Good morning Vena:
What a beautiful message assuring us God does answer prayer in times of trial;
God does answer prayer when all seems dark;
God does answer prayer and he will safely guide you,
He does love us and knows the way we will take.
Thank you for always presenting the word of God in such an interesting and understandable way.
Thank you for your lovely devotional this morning. Amen to your prayer.