Dear Partners in Prayer,
Have you ever found yourself discouraged? Perhaps you never realized that some of the greatest saints of God also have had times of deep discouragement. Elijah, the great prophet who called God's fire down from heaven, also ran away and hid from the wicked queen Jezebel. "I have had enough, Lord" he prayed. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors." Then God came! "All at once an angel touched him and said, ?Get up and eat.' He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. .The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, 'Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you'" God knew Elijah's discouragement.
Paul had high hopes that his countrymen would accept the good news of the gospel. After all, he was one of them, the "good old boy" network of the ruling faction of Jews, the Sanhedrin. But they refused to listen to Paul and to add insult to injury he was slapped in the face at the orders of the high priest, and dragged away by the Roman guards who feared for Paul's life. Nothing was going as planned. Then God came.
By night the Lord stood near Paul and said, "Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."
This month we will look at why we can have courage!
The Staff and Board of Love INC.