March 23 - Encouragement to Be With God

A few thoughts to lead you into prayer. 
Give glory to God. 
Think about who God is, that he is infinite in his being and perfection. “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?" (Job 11:7,8)  "Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name, worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful." (Psalm 29:1-4).   
Thank God
Thank God for his revealing of himself in creation and in his Word, that we can know him. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1,2)  Think about these words and pray your thoughts of thanks to God.

A Psalm to Sing
The Psalm for this week will be Ps 95A.  Here is a link to the words and here’s a link to it being sung. I know it may seem strange singing if you’re on your own or just with your family, but it’s not really. Most of us sing or hum tunes occasionally. If you haven’t sung a Psalm, either on your own or with your family before, just try it. You will enjoy it.  Remember it's not about perfection, it is about singing with a joyful heart, because you are singing to God, and he loves and cares for you.

Let’s read Luke 1:1-7 and ask God the Holy Spirit to help you as you come to receive his word.

Some thoughts and questions to help you engage with God’s Word
Who is the author of this account of the life of Jesus? What does he say about how he went about gathering the information he needed to write his account? Christianity is a religion based on facts. That in itself is a simple but very important fact, because it means that we can lay hold of those facts in our minds. We can ‘know’ about Jesus Christ and we can Know Jesus Christ.

Which of the Apostles would Luke have known?  See Philemon v24 and 2 Timothy 4:11. How does Luke describe the apostles?   See the total lack of exalting of these men. They are treated with respect for what they have seen in the life of Jesus, and because of the role they have, but it is Jesus who will be revered and lifted up in this gospel. Pray that God would raise up men in our congregation who will know Jesus and be humble in their service for him. Men who will show by their humility and service that they can fulfill the responsibilities of a Deacon or an Elder in the future.
How does Luke describe the manner of his writing? What benefit does he say that that will be to Theophilus, the recipient of his account? How does order in our lives help us? Why is order in the church good? 

Tomorrow we will move into verses 5-12.  Thank God for the truth he has helped you to think about today.

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