A young boy came home from school clutching a styrofoam cup, into which he had put a single seed. The following morning he jumped out of bed, took the cup down from the window sill and...
1 Corinthians 12:21-26
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.
In our natural human behaviour, we tend to give recognition (either publicly or internally) and elevate those with shiny value, such as those who are popular, well-spoken, or smart. In 1 Corinthians 12:21-26, Paul reminds the church that all parts of the body have an equally important role.
As you go about your week, reflect on the Body of Christ
- Give greater honour to those who appear to be the ‘weak’ ones
- Affirm each other
- Recognize the need for others
- Do all of the above out of love (1 Cor 13:1-3)
For more on this topic, please read Elita’s blog post, Special Honour.
Genesis 22:1-19 Abraham Tested
"..and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed."
In order to receive, the prerequisite is obedience. Before God blessed Abraham as the father to all nations, he tested him with his own son. “Here I am” says Abraham repeatedly. God is faithful. God is worthy and we are needy, therefore, we need to be obedient in coming to God on a consistent basis with prayers. The Bible teaches us how to pray, Once we use the Bible as a guidebook, our prayers are Scripture-led and worship-based rather than a long list of immediate requests.
A except from A Surefire Starting Place, by Daniel Henderson
"I have learned that the best way to start at prayer time is with this statement: “Let’s all turn in our Bibles to....” Of course, I have written extensively in several books about how to lead prayer times from the Scriptures. Here are eight reasons why the Bible is the best starting place for prayer times:
- First, the Scriptures reveal to us the character, names, and works of God -- turning our thoughts God-ward rather than man-ward.
- Second, as we follow the pattern Jesus gave us, the Bible provides endless insights about our Father in Heaven and the holiness of His name.
- Third, the Bible also gives us language for our prayers that is according to the will of God, since His word is His will.
- Fourth, the Bible is living, active, and penetrating and reveals the real needs of our hearts and lives, taking us beyond surface prayers about circumstances and people (Hebrews 4:12). This leads to authentic confession and trust.
- Fifth, the Bible unites those who pray as every heart and mind is aligned with God and His word.
- Sixth, the Bible empowers us to pray in faith since faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
- Seventh, as the Bible inspires faith, our prayer time is pleasing to God because we are coming to Him in the truth of who He is, confident that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him (Hebrews11:6).
- Eighth, the Bible prepares us for victory in the spiritual battle. As our prayers are infused with Scripture we are equipped to take the sword of the Spirit, God’s memorized and spoken word, as we confront temptation (just as Jesus did in the wilderness) (Ephesians 6:17; Matthew 4:1-11).
So, the next time you pray together, don’t misfire. Instead, allow God’s word to work powerfully to bring great blessing and benefit to your prayers. He is worthy of it and we are in need of it."
Read more here.
By Dave Addison
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." - James 5:16
A young boy is crushed by the weight of guilt because he stole from a woman a few years ago. This woman has since passed away and this boy can never receive forgiveness from her for his past wrongful deed.
No matter how seemingly big or small the sin we carry is, it is keeping us from receiving God’s love. Ask God to search your heart for unforgiven sin, and ask for forgiveness from Christ – the redeemer, for only He can make us whole.
Please pray for this young boy. Pray that he will turn to God and allow Him to forgive and release him of the heavy burden of sin that he has been carrying for many years. Allow him to be transformed by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.