Before Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee, He climbed a mountain to be alone with His Father in prayer. He left the demands of the crowd at sunset, prayed until dawn, then came down the mountain in the power of God's Spirit and stilled a raging storm. (Wouldn't you love to know how He prayed that night?) Prayer is a mountain; you have to climb it. " Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, . . ." (Acts 3:1). If you wait until you feel like it, you won't pray consistently. It's a discipline. And the more you pray the more you want to pray, and the more rewarding it becomes. But first you must turn your back on the "crowd." Because Christ knew how to walk away from life's demands and distractions, He was able to still the storm that threatened His disciples. So before you get caught up in the daily rat race, go to the mountain of prayer. It's a place of stability in an uncertain world; a place where the view is unobstructed and the frantic pace of life is left behind. There you gain perspective. There Christ reminds you that there's nothing you'll face today that He hasn't already handled, and He'll give you grace to do the same. It's easy to recognize people who've been to the mountain of prayer. Their struggles are no different from yours—some are even more challenging. But they've an inner peace that transcends family problems, health concerns, budgetary shortfalls, etc. You can endure hard times with grace when you know that the summit is just a prayer away!
"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday." (Psalm 91:4-6)
Take refuge in the Lord, O believer! Take courage in His mighty strength! Take comfort in His sure defense! Rejoice in the power of His hand to accomplish good for His people! He is strong and He is loving—so trust in Him and proclaim His truth boldly among the nations!
Week #44 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 34-36
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 29-32
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 125-127
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 3-4
Thursday: (Prophecy) Zephaniah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 11-12
Saturday: (Letters) James 4-5