Welcome to the May edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please click here to forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
Learning Prayer Habits from Jesus
by Jacob Hudgins
“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God”(Luke 6:12)
Can you imagine that? Jesus’ prayer life stands out as one of the most remarkable things about Him. Throughout the accounts of His life, we see comments like this one thrown around almost in passing—that Jesus spent all night in prayer, or departed to the mountain to pray, or got up early in the morning to pray. Combine with this the fact that Jesus is God, yet still felt the compelling need to speak with His Father, and the lesson becomes even more powerful. What can we learn about prayer from Jesus?
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid”(Prov 12:1).
We are not always right. This truth is disturbing and unsettling when we are young, and as we age its consequences only grow more disastrous. In addition to removing the guilt of our sin through the sacrifice of his Son, God has also given us a community to aid us in doing and being right. When our brethren see us in error—whether in teaching, belief, thinking, or practice—God expects them to help us to do better. But the question we desperately need to ask ourselves is—am I rebukable?
In Isaiah 53, we learn from the prophet many of the things that would happen to Christ when he first appeared on this earth. Christ was despised and rejected by men and called a Man of sorrows. He bore our griefs and was wounded for our transgressions. He was oppressed, afflicted, and led as a lamb to the slaughter. As stated in Romans 5:8, God demonstrated his love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. In Romans 5:10, we are taught that we have been reconciled to God through the death of His Son.
“Do not let the sun go down while you are angry, and do not give the devil a foothold”(Eph 4:26-27, NIV)
Every Christian is engaged in a fierce, life-defining battle with Satan. He is our “adversary”(1 Pet 5:8), and he has crafted elaborate “wiles”(Eph 6:11) and “devices”(2 Cor 2:11) to gain ground and win us to his side. In his instruction on dealing with festering anger, Paul warns us: “do not give the devil a foothold”—don’t make it any easier on him!