I shared recently that many in India and other nations around the world, believe the Lord’s return is very near. This is causing them to gather in ZOOM groups to look into the Scriptures to discuss and pray over what they see. Many are coming to the Lord. Many are turning back to the Lord.
Likewise, I have been reading in Matthew’s Gospel in the last couple of weeks. Jesus makes it clear what the signs of the times are preceding His return (See the whole chapter of Matthew 24). No one knows the hour or day, not even Jesus (Mt. 24:36). But we know He will come again.
Here are some of His words:
“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” (Matthew 24:42-44)
Here are some questions for thought and reflection:
What do Jesus words, “be ready”, mean to me?
Who are some people I might be around who will help me be ready?
What is the Lord asking me to change so that I will be more ready?
May each of us follow Jesus with our whole heart in these days.
JESUS Film is hosting a live 24 hour prayer focus for Muslims around the world starting tomorrow at 8 am EDT. During this 24 hour period, 48 Muslim nations will be prayed for 30 minutes each. A specific partner will take the lead role in facilitating prayer for their assigned nation. MentorLink has been assigned Senegal.
This event is called: One Miracle Night 24 hour prayer hosted by Jesus Film.
This is a global live prayer event. I received an email from JESUS Film yesterday stating that they are praying for 1 million participants.
Our assigned time to facilitate prayer for Senegal is 1:30-2:00 PM EDT on Tuesday May 19.
Here is the link where you can join in prayer during that time
Rene Mbongo from Senegal will join me in hosting and facilitating the time.
I’ve been reading in Joshua recently. This one verse jumped off the page when I read it.
“Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:45)
Think about this. Everything the Lord promised to Israel happened. No matter how impossible it was, the Lord brought it about.
Think of some of the promises He makes for us today. For example:
“I am with you always even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard our heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
These are only 3 of hundreds of promises He has made to us, His children. Take a moment to reflect on them.
What other promises come to your mind? Thank Him for His amazing faithfulness.
We are in a period of suffering. I just got off a ZOOM call with Aila where he described the anguish in his heart from team members and disciple-makers (500 families averaging 8 members per family) who have no food for their families. This is a result of a continuous sequence of famine, flood, locusts, Covid-19, locusts and now more famine.
This has happened over a period of more than a year. I can not imagine being in a more dire situation apart from a war.
I was reminded of my reading this morning in 1 Corinthians 12:26, ”…if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…”.
These last several weeks I have been talking with people all over the world, hearing about their situation, struggles, progress and their heart, faith and sacrifice for the Lord. But talking with Aila this morning broke my heart at the suffering and impossibility of the situation.
I am suffering in my heart right now for Aila and his team in Northern Kenya. You know others who may be suffering. Take a few minutes to pray for them. Perhaps call them to encourage them. Truly our hope is in the Lord – where else can we turn?
May Aila and you see the provision and deliverance which comes from the Lord.