Crumbs for Plowing the Ground of God’s Grace

(If you haven’t read the post preceding and relating to this one, you can find it posted under Food for Thought on this blog on 9/23/2016, Plowing the Ground of God’s Grace.)

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You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is your highest privilege as a parent. …Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows. …Your prayers for your children are the greatest legacy you can leave.” Mark Batterson

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At the end of my last post, I asked you what taking refuge in in the shadow of God’s wings means to you. The following are excerpts on that subject from Steve Fuller’s blog Living by Faith: After each verse, he shares his thoughts on the meaning.

{*Psalm 16:1-2 — Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

So taking refuge in God means seeing that I have no good apart from God. It means seeing that all my good — all my joy — is in God Himself.

*Psalm 34:8 — Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Why should I taste and see that the Lord is good? It’s because the one who takes refuge in Him is blessed. Which shows that taking refuge in God means tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.

*Psalm 64:10 — Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!

Notice how rejoicing in the Lord is linked with taking refuge in Him. And both of those are summarized as exulting in God, which means having great delight in Him.}

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And now from my heart to yours: According to I Cor. 9:10, when the plowman plows, he ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. When we plow the ground of God’s grace through prayer, should we not expect to share in the harvest? God-given faith turns prayer into something far greater than duty or shallow words. Faith determines our focus as we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Faith also motivates us to pray fervently and faithfully. And then faith rewards us by assuring us that our prayers will reap a harvest.

Remember when you delight in the Lord, He will form your desires and then fulfill them. (Psalm 37:4-6) Meanwhile, keep on plowing the ground of God’s grace with your prayers, expecting to reap the harvest God has for you. ELW

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