Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
The following poem, the Lord gave to me last year on May 28th.
The Apostle Paul teaches us that to know our Lord Jesus in the power of His resurrection, we must also fellowship in His suffering.
There are two recorded times in the New Testament when the answer was “no” to a request in prayer. The first is was our Lord Himself in the garden the night before His crucifixion. The other is the Apostle Paul’s request for the thorn to be removed. In both cases the cross was necessary for life. – Terry
And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” Matthew 27:39-43 ESV
And Job again took up his discourse, and said: “As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days. “Let my enemy be as the wicked, and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous. For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life? Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him? Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times? I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what is with the Almighty I will not conceal. Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain? “This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty: If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword, and his descendants have not enough bread. Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and his widows do not weep. Though he heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay, he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver. Job 27:1-17 ESV
I pray the following is an encouragement for some who may not know what to do or how to pray given your circumstances. My brothers and sisters go to the Scriptures–ALL the Scriptures–and ask the Lord to help you pray as those who have gone before us prayed. The following I posted in a comment thread and thought I would share it here as well.
The Psalms are the very words of Jesus Christ Himself given through David in his actual situations…the same story we are a part of by being counted among the people of God. We take the Psalms as written–pray and sing them as they are written just as David, et al, prayed and sang them. Do not let anyone tell you that they do not apply to us as they applied to the actual writers themselves, this is not a Biblical nor Christian notion.
Ours is a religion of real blood, real tears, real bodies, real pain, real bread, real wine, real water, so on and so forth. We await a real deliverance by a real resurrection–when our Savior and Lord who still right this moment has a real human body–really returns to put the final enemy–death under His feet.
So robustly, with passion, pray and sing the Psalms–all the songs and prayers found in all of Scripture–as if they are your very own, for they indeed are yours!
Lamentations 3:55-66 is one of my favorite portions of Scripture. Jeremiah’s prayer there from the pit is also mine and your prayer too, and God will answer that prayer just as He did then, for He has not changed.
“I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit; you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’ You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ “You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life. You have seen the wrong done to me, O Lord ; judge my cause. You have seen all their vengeance, all their plots against me. “You have heard their taunts, O Lord , all their plots against me. The lips and thoughts of my assailants are against me all the day long. Behold their sitting and their rising; I am the object of their taunts. “You will repay them, O Lord , according to the work of their hands. You will give them dullness of heart; your curse will be on them. You will pursue them in anger and destroy them from under your heavens, O Lord .” Lamentations 3:55-66
I pray the above with as much passion, fervency and tears, on my face before my Father, In Jesus’ name, His beloved eternal Son, my Lord and Savior, by the Holy Spirit, just as Jeremiah my brother did and know my God hear and answers!
“The more I am in a position to be tried in faith with reference to my body, my family, my service for the Lord, my business, etc., the more shall I have opportunity of seeing God’s help and deliverance; and every fresh instance in which he helps and delivers me will tend towards the increase of my faith. On this account, therefore, the believer should not shrink from situations, positions, circumstances, in which his faith may be tried, but should cheerfully embrace them as opportunities where he may see the hand of God stretched out on his behalf, to help and deliver him, and whereby he may thus have his faith strengthened.” – The Autobiography of George Muller