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Dec 05 2018

There’s room at the table of blessing

God named Ishmael ‘God hears’ before he was born. Years later, God heard Ishmael’s cry when he was perishing in the wilderness and opened his mother’s eyes to see a spring of water from which she gave him drink – and he lived! Islam claims Ishmael as a spiritual forefather. Today’s

Muslims are in the wilderness perishing and crying out for living water. Let the Church pray to the Father to reveal the well of living water, Jesus, so they might live!
There’s room at the table of blessing

Our LORD is a God of abundant blessing. We read in the first chapter of Genesis how He blessed Adam and Eve (Ge 1:22, 28), and then He blessed Noah and his family (Ge 9:1). We can see His intent as He calls Abram to begin his pilgrimage: “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Ge 12:2-3; see also Ge 22:17-18, Isa 51:2).

The Scriptures are full of God’s promises to bless extravagantly. Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Psalm 23 and Isaiah 9:2-7 are just three examples. To top them all off, Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…”

As children of Abraham (by faith, Ro 4:11), and as children of God (through faith in Christ, 1 Jn 3:2), we are both blessed and intended to bless. We are recipients and instruments of God’s blessings. Proverbs describes how those who fear the Lord bless their families and societies. Jesus says we ARE the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Mt 5:13-14). This is Christianity 101, isn’t it? Do we truly comprehend the blessing we carry?

All across Canada during the Christmas season, believers are hosting events and opening their homes to extend the table of blessing beyond their families and friends to foreigners, strangers, newcomers and new friends. People from Muslim cultures highly value home, family, friends, food and fellowship. I see here a match made in heaven! Hospitality can open hearts to the true Source of all blessings, who fulfills His blessing through Christ (Lk 2:10-14, Ro 5:6-11).

Pray for Christmas hosts to

  • be motivated by the pure desires of Jesus’ heart
  • have supernatural peace and confidence
  • have Holy Spirit guidance in choice of menu, gifts and activities
  • remain in good health

Pray for invited guests to

  • be protected from circumstances and pressures that would prevent them from coming
  • let down their defenses and feel free to relax and be themselves
  • experience God’s multiple blessings, especially love, joy, peace and hope

Pray for the Holy Spirit to

  • be tangibly present in fellowship
  • protect from cultural misunderstandings and offenses
  • provide opportune moments for speaking of how God blesses us in Jesus
  • reveal God’s glory in Christ (2 Co 4:2-6)

Pray that follow-up would be

  • welcomed by the guests
  • carried out by hosts and others with great love and respect and in accordance with the Lord’s plans and purposes

Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory, for the wedding of the Lamb [will] come, and His bride [will] make herself ready…Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Rev 19:7, 9)

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Leslie knows by faith and experience that our heavenly Father puts His prayers in our hearts and then listens to our hearts’ cry as we pray them back to Him. We hear God, and God hears us.
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