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It was a great start yesterday to our "What Goes Around Comes Back Around" series! Over the next coming weeks as we move towards Vacation Bible School we will continue to look at those familiar Bible Accounts that we learned as children and see how they can still apply to us today.

As we read the entire chapter of Daniel 3 it was good to be reminded that "God protects those that are faithful to Him." I have said it before and I will say it again.  I look forward to dialogue from each of you
 regarding the text, service and what God has laid upon my heart to share on any given Sunday.  Yesterday I was approached with a very good question in regard to Daniel 3:18;

 But even if He (God) does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up." Daniel 3:18 (HCSB)
 
The question was..."If they (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) had faith and knew that God would protect them why would verse 18 begin with "But even if He does not rescue us...?"  
 
There was no doubt in the minds of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego that God had to the power to save them. But the struggle for them is that they did not know at what point the "rescue" would take place. They had the faith to know that the God who did not rescue them FROM the fire was the God WHO MEET THEM in the fire and the God who DELIVERED THEM Out of the fire! It was because of this faith that they could state; "we want you as king to know that we will not..."
 
That is what I enjoy about the Old Testament...the timing of God's power is never on our timeline, but yet it is always on His timeline.  Think about the parting of the Red Sea, the use of the Babylonians in Habakkuk, the big fish in Jonah and the list could on.  So it was not that our 3 faithful men were questioning if God was going to arrive, their faith and obedience reminded them that God would indeed arrive!
 
Next week let's turn to Daniel 6 and through the story of Daniel and the Den of lions lets be reminded of "What Goes Around Comes Back Around!" 
 
Remember to cut-out your artwork for Vacation Bible School and to hand out those tickets!
 
I so enjoy being on this journey with each of you! Midtown needs to hear the Gospel and each one of you have the ability to share!
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Let Us Pray...

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“Let us pray…” When we hear those words our response is conditional, expected and routine.  We know to bow our head, close our eyes and tune our hearts to God and His Will.  Our prayer then follows a typical type of pattern; concern for self, concern for others, praise of God, or request for something.

While studying this final prayer of Habakkuk I found myself thinking about some of the “great” prayers in the Bible. 

  • Hannah’s Prayer of Praise - 1 Samuel 2:1-10. When Hannah received the child she begged God for, her first instinct is to praise the One who provided. She wants to thank Him for His greatness and His deliverance. Too often we pray before receiving, but then forget to pray after God answers.
  • David’s prayer for deliverance - Psalm 3. This prayer provides a concise portrait of crying out to God in the midst of great stress. David’s words are no less relevant to our modern workplace and lifestyle as they were to his battles.
  • Jonah’s Prayer for Salvation - Jonah 2:2-9. We may never be swallowed by a great fish, but we can still experience the shame and regret that Jonah felt after he ran from God. The prophet’s plea to the Father provides a rising scaffolding for our own prayers of repentance. And remember that God heard and answered this humble, honest prayer.
  • The Lord’s Prayer - Matthew 6:9-13. This prayer is the true classic. Most of us have said this prayer and could likely recite it right now. But there’s much more to this model that Jesus gave us than rote recitation. This is a prayer with real power: God’s kingdom coming, God’s will being done, all that we need for the day. It’s truly power packed.

Then there is today’s prayer - Habakkuk 3:1-19. Habakkuk prayed because he was overwhelmed by God’s splendor. “I stand in awe of Your deeds” (Hab. 3:2). He had seen a vision of the greatness of God, recorded for us in verses 3–15, and this vision left him weak and helpless (v. 16). All he could do was cry out to God. “Let us pray…” Pastor Jeff

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