Prayer Diary from Saturday 16th April to Thursday 2nd June

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Dear fellow pray-er,

Prayer Diary for the period Sunday 16th April to Thursday 2nd June.

A very Happy Easter to you.

The Old Testament readings from Exodus take us from the haste of the Israelites when they celebrate the first Passover (“Eat it in haste”), the joy of their release from captivity under the Egyptians and on to the next mighty act of God - the parting of the Red Sea and their final separation from them when the waters flowed back over the Egyptians. All the while, the Israelites, being guided by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

And now…. there is forty years in the desert! A time when God, having taken Israel out of Egypt, had to take Egypt out of the Israelites to show them how he wanted them to behave (the 10 commandments and other laws and instructions) and to teach them to trust Him. That without Him they were lost!

We continue on with the Book of Numbers – the Israelites celebrating the Passover in the second year of freedom from Egypt, then more complaining and grumbling from them, but with God still showing them His amazing love and provision for them.

In the New Testament we dive into chapter 15 of Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. Paul writes this chapter to them to correct their thinking, teaching about what resurrection from the dead means for born-again believers. The final verse is worthy of copying onto a post it note for the fridge or desk: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”

Then in the final chapter he gives instructions about a special collection he wants them to make for the Jerusalem church and shares his future travel plans.

Next is Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians - from Chapter 2 to the end.

Chapter 2 sets the stage by showing how the teachings of Christ are superior to all other claims.

Chapter 3 covers rules for holy living within the church and Chapter 4 has two themes.
He asks them to devote themselves to prayer, in particular to pray for an open door to share the gospel and present it with clarity and also advises believers to be wise towards unbelievers and make the most of every opportunity. A believer's words are to be gracious, offering assistance like the seasoning of salt, with the goal of helping others. Something we all need to keep practising? 

Then Luke’s Gospel. Luke’s story of Jesus and the church is dominated by a historical perspective. God’s divine plan for human salvation was accomplished during the period of Jesus, who through the events of his life fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies and this salvation is now extended to all humanity. Praise the Lord!

We pray that this Easter time and onwards you will know the close presence of the Lord, and His peace in your heart.

Peter & Sylvia Raine