My jars of names and descriptions are growing. This morning I dipped in and found some names to share with you.
In John 13:34 Jesus tells His disciples: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."
Jesus is my Commander.
If you have any military knowledge at all, you understand some of the implications of this. He is the one Who has authority to give us commands and our response is to be quick obedience.
In John 14:26 Jesus is continuing the conversation with His disciples and preparing them for what is coming. He makes them a promise: "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."
There are a lot of names and promises in that verse. The one I want you to think about today is that the Holy Spirit will (not might, or could if you do everything on the check list, but WILL) teach you all things. The Holy Spirit is the teacher of all things.
Here are some things I would ask you to keep in prayer today
- Several weeks ago I asked you to pray for Elise (and her Mama!) as Elise was not feeling well. Elise battled childhood cancer at a very young age. Can you imagine how difficult that must be for her Mama when Elise starts acting sick? Yesterday her Mama decided to call the doctor and beg for certain labs to be done. We prayed that the doctor would agree to do what Mama was requesting. The doctor exceeded the request willingly and we now have reassurance that Elise's problems are NOT a recurrence of cancer. That will make you do a happy dance! Praise God with us for this good result!
- Nancy's labs were stable enough for her to have chemo this week. That's a mixed blessing. Thank God that she was able to do this, and did not have a reaction to the chemo. Please pray for a quick recovery from the side-effects.
- Yesterday I asked you to pray for my friend Susan and her family traveling overseas. As I am typing this, they have just landed on the last leg of the journey and are taxiing to the gate. Please pray that they will all be able to rest and be ready for the work that God has for them.
- John is hoping to start easing off some of his medications over the next few weeks. Please pray for endurance in this process.
- Larry needs a kidney transplant. His daughter was hoping to be able to donate one of hers, but has found that she will not be able to do this. Please pray for peace and comfort for his daughter, and for a kidney for Larry.
- Please continue to pray for students getting ready for finals, for protection for students going on graduation trips, and pray for the teachers who are finishing up their work and getting ready for a busy summer.
- Remember the student pastors and ministers as they are getting ready to crank up for the summer. Pray that they would be obedient to what God wants them to do for these treasures entrusted to their care.