March 27 - Encouragement to Be With God

Thoughts to lead you into prayer. 
Praise and Thank God. 
Praise God that he is the everlasting God, the Lord of the whole earth. He does not change, and because of that reason, mankind will not be destroyed. He never gets weary or faint with exhaustion. Thank God that he causes his mercy to shine on the whole earth, that the sun rises and the sun sets, and there is a new day to experience the blessings he gives us - shelter, food, family, friends, work, health, and strength.
Look up some, or all, of these verses: Malachi 3:6, Habakkuk 1:12, Isaiah 40:28, Matthew 5:45 and Psalm 104

Acknowledge sin.
Acknowledge the fact that too often we refuse to heed God's simple instructions, instead preferring to lean on our thoughts. Ask God to help you not to do that, but to submit to and rest in him. 
Look up some, or all, of these verses: Proverbs 5:12,13; Hebrews 3:7-19; and Matthew 11:28-30

Pray for the Prime Minister and MPs
Pray for the Prime Minister and MPs that they will read and consider the content of the letters they are currently receiving from Churches and Christians. These letters are calling them to see the hand of God in this crisis.
Look up these verses: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
A Psalm to Sing.
 The Psalm for this week is Psalm 95A. Here is a link to the words, and here is a link to it being sung. Sing with joy in your heart to God, for he loves and cares for you.
Let's read Luke 1:8-17.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you receive God's Word.
In these verses, we read of the encounter between an angel of the Lord and Zechariah. The ministry of angels is a study in itself. It is worth noting, though, that around the time of Jesus' coming to earth, his incarnation, the number of appearances made by these holy creatures increases dramatically. As we shall see in our study of this gospel, the angels clearly take a deep interest in the earthly life and work of the Lord Jesus. They are present at all the critical moments in his life and offer him all the help he needs to fulfill his responsibilities as Saviour. Their interest in his work is evident with the joy they express when one sinner is saved (Luke 15:10). 

What was Zechariah's response when he saw the angel? Why do you think he reacted in that way? He responds, doesn't he, in the same way as other saints who had similar encounters. For example: when Moses meets God in the burning bush in Exodus 3:6; when Daniel sees the vision of a man in Daniel 10:7; when Gabriel visits Mary later in the chapter, and when the angel speaks to the women who visit the tomb of Jesus in Matthew 28:8. How can we account for this fear? It is because of an inward sense of weakness due to the guilt felt by being in the presence of holiness. JC Ryle says, "The vision of an inhabitant of heaven reminds us forcibly of our imperfection and of our natural unfitness to stand before God." He goes on, "If angels are so great and terrible, what must the Lord of angels be." And to think of how easily those around us today blaspheme his name without a thought. 

Lord, give us a sense of your holiness when we come into your presence in prayer, and in your Word that we might be humbled with reverent fear. Keep us from carelessness in our coming into your presence and treating it as a matter of little importance. We thank you that we have a Mediator in the Lord Jesus Christ who enables us to come into your holy presence with humble boldness. Thank you for him.   

Hiding Scripture in your heart. 
Our verses to memorize for this week - Psalm 121:1,2 - "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."