certainty

Luke 1:1-4 (NIV)

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

It’s a great thing to have certainty.

And it would appear Luke, the author of this Gospel account, has done everything in his power to help Theophilus (and us) to be as sure as we possibly can about the ‘things that have been fulfilled’.

Firstly, Luke tells us that others have done the same, writing down what they too have seen and heard, thus providing corroborating evidence (see Matthew, Mark & John).

Secondly, Luke points out that the information provided comes from first-hand ‘eyewitnesses’; people who can be trusted.

And finally, Luke himself has undertaken an exhaustive investigation: ‘carefully’ and ‘from the beginning’.

He has been most helpful in putting together such an ‘orderly account’.

And so we would do well to pay attention to what he says because it involves matters of life and death.

Kim+

prayer : thank you Lord that we can have such certainty because of Luke’s work

action : point people to this and the other gospel stories, encouraging them to investigate the claims made by Christ for themselves

pray to your Father who is in secret

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

Listening to the John Piper sermon entitled, “Praying in the Closet and in the Spirit” I was reminded of both the necessity to pray intentionally and to pray spontaneously.

Intentional prayer is disciplined, regular, scheduled prayer time.

Such as first thing in the morning when you wake up.

Or at the start of a church meeting and band practice.

Or with your spouse just before bedtime.

Or with the family at mealtime.

And spontaneous prayer is unscheduled, unplanned, and reactionary. A spur of the moment decision based on particular circumstances at that time.

Such as when you receive an email from a missionary requesting prayer.

Or when you’re talking to a friend who tells you of some important need.

Or when you’re struggling in the middle of an exam and require guidance.

Or perhaps you feel the need to give thanks for something that has literally just happened.

Both types are important and neither should be excluded from our prayer life.

Yet, it’s easy to neglect prayer.

Too easy to push God to the back of our minds and lives.

Yet on the flip side, our prayer life shouldn’t be a public spectacle.

It’s not meant to be a show that lauds our “righteousness” and “spirituality”.

Rather, it is an acknowledgement of our humble need for a God who is all-powerful.

A God who desires to answer our prayers, according to His will.

“For everyone who asks receives” (Matthew 7:8).

Kim+

prayer : help me to be more disciplined in my prayer life

action : schedule regular prayer times each day

born this day

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (ESV)

We all love to celebrate a birthday. Party food. Decorations. Gifts. Friends & family gathering together.

But this is no ordinary birthday. For “Christ” was born “unto you”. For you!

His purpose in life is to be a “saviour”. That is, literally someone who saves (Matthew 1:21).

So we’re really celebrating the gift He is to us.

And what a wonderful gift He is!

For through Him we can be reconciled to God (Ephesians 2:16).

Kim+

prayer : thank you for the precious gift of Jesus

action : praise His name for He is the Christ