Praying over a long period of time without seeing an answer can be discouraging. We have all been there. Yet Jesus, again and again, tells us to always pray, and not give up. He was well aware how easily we get discouraged. This is why he warns us, not to give in to our flesh, but to continue praying. So, have we fallen into the trap of giving into our flesh and given up praying?
Shavuot is the actual biblical feast the Apostles celebrated at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out. It marked the giving of the Mosaic Law on Mount Sinai. And it foreshadows that day when God inscribes His Law on our hearts - through His Holy Spirit.
Many wonder what the corona crisis means in light of the end times. Is this the end of the world? Will Jesus come back now? Jesus told us: No. Not yet. In Matthew 24, Jesus says that crises just like the one that has gripped the world today will precede his Second Coming. Yet he warned, that we should not be alarmed when we hear about wars, or crises hit the earth. All these are just “the beginning of the birth pains”. So when will the end come?
Good Friday is the only true “Friday for Future”. It is the only Friday in history that can determine the future of our planet and of all humanity. Good Friday was the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus had one purpose in life: to die. He died so we can live life to the fullest.
Psalm 91 is frequently prayed in times of danger. But it opens with a very clear condition: “Whoever dwells in the secret place of the Most High”. Psalm 91:1 makes it perfectly clear that not everyone “will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Not every believer, but only those who dwell in God’s secret place.
A prayer for protection and deliverance. In times of crisis, when disaster strikes, when danger is all around us, when the governments of the world are at their wit’s end – there is one place we can always run to: the arms of our Heavenly Father! Where He is, no evil can be also. In His shadow, disaster cannot reach us.
In the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus teaches us that prayer is not just a one-off matter. Although he encourages us that our heavenly Father will hear our prayer, he also leaves no doubt that we may need to pray repeatedly and persistently until we receive our answer. If you have been praying for someone or something and are still waiting for God to answer, this is for you. Do not lose heart, do not be discouraged! Persist just as the widow persisted!
One of the greatest discoveries a believer can make is the wonderful truth that God is our Father and we are his children. But we shouldn’t stop here. Understanding our identity as God’s children is no end in itself. It is the starting point of our relationship with the Father. And as every relationship works in two ways, this is the case also in our relationship with God. But what do we bring to that Father-child relationship? What does God, our Father, expect from us?
In the night that God delivered Israel out of Egypt, God provided an unusual and unprecedented means of protection from certain death: the blood of a 1 year old lamb had to be applied around the door frame. This lamb that the Israelites slaughtered and ate was an Image of the true Lamb of God that was to come. Read more on the significance of Passover and how Jesus became our very own Passover.
Passover, or Pesach, is the biblical feast that remembers God's mighty intervention when He delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt some 3500 years ago. Passover also foreshadows our personal deliverance from bondage to sin and irrevocable separation from our old task master. Read more about the striking parallels of the Passover story and God's dealing with us personally.