A person who lives in the center of the will of God will always disturb those outside of God’s will and purpose. An expert in Mosaic Law was greatly disturbed by the life of Jesus. He tested him with the question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” (Matthew 22:36). When Jesus answered the lawyer, He gave us a summation of God’s purpose and plan for man. He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment” (vv. 37–38).
Jesus continued, “A second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself”” (v. 39). Then Jesus made a phenomenal statement. He said, “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets” (v. 40). Jesus tells us that the law and the prophets were Holy Spirit-breathed to teach us how to live. If we are to live in fulfillment of God’s purpose, then we must do two things. We must love God, and we must be an expression of his love to our fellowman.
Man was created to know and love God intimately. It is unreasonable to believe that we can love God with our whole hearts without a personal, intimate knowledge of Him. And we will never come to know Him intimately without spending personal time with Him.
Majestic Father, You created me for Yourself and so often I act like we are distant relatives. Forgive my lack of attentiveness, and my unconcern for my brothers and sisters, whom You call me to love as I love myself. What a selfish child I am – and yet, You still call me Your beloved. Set my heart upon Your commands and give me a deep desire to live continually in Your presence.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit
God sends his teaching like rain and his words like the dew (Deut. 32:2). Praise God for being your teacher (Ps. 71:17). Thank God for the privilege of receiving his instruction through his Word. Confess any lack of attention you’ve paid to God’s teaching. Commit yourself to listening closely to what God has to say to you. Ask God to reveal himself more clearly through his Word each day.
Ask that God will shower the blessings of salvation on unsaved people in your community as they learn of Christ.
—Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.
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