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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Praying Hebrews 4:5-8

By Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.

“For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage, “They shall not enter my rest.” Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, He again fixes a certain day. “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken of another day after that. So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. (Hebrews 4:5-8)

Thank you, Lord, for your patient love for us. I know that you heart laments over those who resist to be persuaded in the face of overwhelming evidence that Jesus is indeed the Christ I know too that you suffer simply because You are our Designer. As Creator God, you know for what purpose each one of us is made, yet we refuse to believe the significance of Jesus as the Christ and his redemptive work to restore us to be what and to do what you originally planned…to live in fellowship with You, our Maker. Instead we ignore you, harden our hearts against you, and proceed to live our lives as we desire, outside of your unique design for us.

Give me a heart, Lord, that is easily persuaded by You, and persists to live out your plans for me; help me to joyfully express your call for redemption and restoration to my family, my friends, and all those within my sphere of influence who are not fully persuaded to trust you and/or choose not to honor You as the God who desires to renew and rule our every thought, word, or act for the sake of your undeserved lovingkindness while there is still time and opportunity to know Christ and make Him known. The will be a time, “a day” when the full number who will choose to place their faith in Jesus will be met. On “that day, “Jesus will come for His own in great glory and they will experience full fellowship with You and the full measure of the riches of Your Grace! (Ephesians 2:7) Our Sabbath Rest! Hallelujah!

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