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Reformation Day, A Reflection

In my previous post (which I realized was my hundredth!), I mentioned that I would share some thoughts regarding the sermon shared on the morning of Reformation Day in the Schloßkirche, the church where Luther nailed his 95 Theses. This post is that promised reflection.

The reverend preaching the morning of Reformation Day shared an interesting and concise sermon about Luther (I mean, it is the 500th anniversary, after all). His opening remarks about the relations between the Lutheran and the Catholic Churches caught my attention immediately. According to the reverend, the two are together coming to an understanding of justification by faith and not by works, in an attempt at ecumenism that will bring unity rather than the division that Luther never intended to cause. If that is true, wonderful; if not, I wonder what Luther would have to say about the conversations that have been held between the two bodies.

Another interesting aspect of the sermon for me was the idea of “releasing Luther” from the layers of tradition and misunderstanding that have developed over the centuries and to return to the roots of who this man was. Luther was then presented as a driving force in the socio-economic changes of his time and a clarion call of spreading love to those around us, to lift up the desolate as Luther did. This is the face of Luther that we need to see and share today.

With all due respect to the reverend, I do have a few challenging comments in regards to the last couple of points.

I do not doubt that over time Luther has been misunderstood and his platform for change misconstrued to serve the purposes of others who desired to use his name and cultural ties for their own gain and propaganda (for example, the 400th anniversary of the nailing of the Theses took place in the middle of World War 1 where the Germans used Luther as uniting factor to push their military agenda).

I also absolutely agree that reading authors of old for themselves and within their own context is extremely important. Too often we base our opinions on what other people have studied and not what we have studied for ourselves. Of course, not everyone has the ability to read medieval German, handwritten manuscripts, but reading a translation of Luther’s works rather than relying on the summarizing and quotation of scholars is already a great step in the right direction.

And social action is absolutely important, but from the Christian point of view it is not the whole story. To say that Luther was a social activist is fine (although he is famous for his anti-Semitic views, another reason why the German military chose to herald him during war efforts), but the reason he chose to live a life of service and education to his Christian brethren in the way he did was a result of a theological understanding. To present Luther as a social reformer alone, while much “safer” in today’s general post-modern society, does not fully depict the magnitude of Luther’s discovery. Social gospel, without the declaration of the gospel of salvation, is incomplete and cannot stand.

On a day as special as Reformation Day, wouldn’t it make more sense, instead of speaking entirely about Luther, to speak about what he had discovered from reading the Bible? Should not the focus be on the special message of Scripture that he “uncovered” that then led a revolution not only in how people understood their relationship with God, but also their relationship with each other?

I once read a fantastic scholarly paper on the study of theology. In it, the author claims that at it’s core, theology is the study of relationship. This is what the Reformers, like Luther, were seeking to understand in their study of Scripture.

The author continues by stating that if we were to simply continue promoting the work of the Reformers such as Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and others, that we would actually be doing them a great disservice. If we want to truly honor the work of the Reformers, we would continue what they had begun; indeed, press forward with what those who had lived long before the official Reformation had started.

A continuous, personal search of Scripture and the seeking of its application to the life is the only way to truly celebrate the discoveries and honor the sacrifices of those who felt the high importance of knowing God and living for Him above all else.

While we can celebrate the works of great men and women who have had profound impacts on our planet and worldviews, often without the slightest intention of doing so, let us be careful not to venerate them as more than humans that allowed themselves to be greatly used by God.

Martin Luther wasn’t perfect—far from it. Neither are any of we. But we are all on a spiritual journey that, by the grace of God, will lead us to a deeper and greater understanding of who He is, how much He loves us, and how we can share that love to those around us.

Luther actually summarizes this thought well in the following couple of quotes:

“This life therefore is not righteousness but growth in righteousness, not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be but we are growing towards it, the process is not yet finished but it is going on, this is not the end but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”

“A Christian is never in a state of completion but always in a process of becoming.”

As we have now entered into the 500th year since the Reformation is recognized has having officially started, let us all take the time to ask of ourselves, “How can the Reformation continue in us?”

When we do, and then ask God to do His good work in our lives, true change will take place in our lives and perhaps even in our communities.

Who knows? There may even be another Luther among us; perhaps it could be you.

Regardless of our wider role in the history of the world, we can all be assured of this: God loves you and wants a relationship with you. He has done everything that is needed to show you how much He loves you and wants you. He desires to save you by grace, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ—all you have to do is accept Christ’s sacrifice on your behalf.

May we, like Luther, choose to stand firm in the Word of God and the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

May we choose to say, “I am Yours, save me.”

And may the coming days be filled with a true revival and reformation that will bring each of us into an ever closer relationship with our God.

To God be the glory. Amen.


Mini-Reformation Tour, part 5

Reformation Day!

To be in Wittenberg for the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was truly a dream come true.

In order to make spend this special day to the fullest, we left our AirBnb early in the morning. An English service was being held at Schloßkirche at 8am and since Stephanie hadn’t yet seen the church, we decided to attend.

We arrived shortly after 7:30am and things were already PACKED. High security measures were being taken because of the large gathering as well as the anticipated attendance of political figures such as Chancellor Merkel for the afternoon services.

Schloßkirche seemed at capacity when we arrived, but the ushers actually led us all the way to the front to sit in the choir chairs. Actually, we got to sit in the ancient chairs of the knights and ruling lords who would attend services there. It was super cool!

Our advantageous seats allowed us to have perfect views of everything going on.

The service was very different from what I’m used to. For one, there was considerably more congregational participation. A stalwart aspect of Luther’s ideology in how worship services should be conducted, it was definitely highlighted in the program through readings, written prayers, and songs. I had never heard a chanted Psalm before, so that was pretty special.

The sermon was quite thought provoking. I’ll share my opinions about it in a future post.

To end the service, everyone joined together to sing (what else?) Ein Feste Burg. What a special moment to be singing this powerful hymn on this special day in the church that “started it all.”

Once the service had finished, we were encouraged to leave quickly in order for the staff to prepare for the 10am German-language service. This time we did get to walk through the Theses Door, which was very cool.

After leaving the church, we made our way to the other side of the village for breakfast and then to a special 360-degree panorama art installation by Yadegar Asisi. The work is enclosed in an enormous cylindrical building attached to a smaller building with an introductory exhibit that leads to the installation.

The panorama was at least two stories tall, and featured the village of Wittenberg as Luther would have known it. It looked like a combination of painting, photoshop, and some other medium I can’t quite name.

Lights and sounds were used to enhance the experience and make the viewer almost feel as if they were there in the early 1500s.

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We then returned to the Lutherhaus so Stephanie could enjoy all the wonderful artifacts and history that we saw on Sunday.

Right next door is the Melanchthonhaus, where Luther’s friend and colleague, Philipp Melanchthon used to live. This house wasn’t as crowded and seemed to have a better flow of foot traffic than Lutherhaus. The entire exhibit was more engaging, interactive, and appeared to be geared towards children.

Mommy, who had always liked to read and learn about Melanchthon, was surprised to discover that he was only 1.5 meters tall–just about her height!

Afterwards, we popped into Stadtkirche, or St. Marien’s Church. The sanctuary is enormous! Much larger than Schloßkirche, though not necessarily as detailed. This was the church that Luther worked, preached, and was married in. So much history everywhere!

There were other museums and lectures that we could have attended, but by the time we left Stadtkirche, we were all rather hungry.

We decided to dine at the Wittenberger Kartoffelhaus and enjoy as traditional of a German meal one can have being vegetarian. Fried potatoes and eggs, yes!

The rest of the evening was spent wandering around the festival. Theater performances, booths, and music were everywhere! Many people were dressed in period costumes, which made me wish I had something special to wear. Should have gone to the Maryland Renaissance Festival this year… oh well…

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Overall, the day was special, festive, and thought provoking.

I’m so glad that Mommy, Stephanie, and I were able to be in Wittenberg on this high day of celebration. I’m incredibly thankful for our AirBnb hosts that made it possible for us to visit this wonderful place and who were so kind and accommodating to us.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our adventures and enjoy the pictures. I recorded several portions of our trip that I hope to put together in a short video. Be on the lookout for it!

Until the next adventure–Auf Wiedersehen!

–Wandering Minstrelette

Mini-Reformation Tour, part 4

Today was a true history lesson!

Mom, Stephanie (who was finally able to join us after being stuck in Berlin from the wind storm), and I made the trip from Wittenberg to Eisenach today to go visit the famous Wartburg Castle.

What none of us realized was that Wartburg is has significance far beyond it’s association with Martin Luther. 

Getting to castle is quite the hike. It lies on a large hill on the other side of Eisenach from the Hauptbahnhof. Along the path are signs with several important events of Luther’s life leading to the foot of the hill. Once you get there, it’s another good 30 minutes of uphill treking before reaching the entrance to the castle. 

The traditional way to visit the castle was by donkey, and the donkeys were actually there! Unfortunately, it was voted against actually paying to ride them, so I had to settle for taking a picture of their cute little faces. 

The castle is quite striking as it comes into view and looms ever larger the closer you get. 

The courtyard of the castle was bustling with visitors of all ages, and had some special attractions itself. A nice touch for those like us who had hiked the whole way up. 

The best one involved steps (hooray…): the south tower gave an amazing view of Eisenach and the surrounding hill country. It was definitely worth the Euro and the adding walking.

To go inside the castle, you had to purchase a ticket. The price included entrance to some special exhibits that were curated for the Reformation festivities as well as the regular rooms of the tour. 

Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside the castle. But what we saw was simply amazing. 

The castle was built around the year 1200, and had become well known not long after for the Hungarian princess, Elisabeth, who married the ruler of the castle and chose to use her status for the benefit of the common people. She was canonized after her death for her short 24 years of life in service. 

The next major event at Wartburg was the reason most people were there: Martin Luther’s “kidnapping” and safekeeping after his refusal to recant at the Diet of Worms. At one point in the tour, you get to see the room where Luther worked tirelessly on a German translation of the New Testsment. 

Fun fact: several German versions of the Bible already existed before Luther’s, but most were quickly confiscated and also not of great quality. Luther’s not only had popularity and clout, but was well researched from the original manuscripts and actually informed much of the development of the modern German language. 

Wartburg Castle continued to hold significance throughout the centuries. It played a central role in the call to a united Germany after the Naploeanic Wars. It was seen as an important an valuable symbol during both World Wars. 

In short, Wartburg has become a stalwart of German history and identity. It was a blessing to come and learn not only about Luther’s time there, but all that it has meant through the history of Germany. 

We spent so much time at the castle that we didn’t get a chance to see anything else of Eisenach. But that’s ok, it just means we have to return. 🙂

Tomorrow is the big day! Look forward to some great pictures and stories! 

-Wandering Minstrelette

Mini-Reformation Tour, part 3

First, I would like to say that my mother and I are safe. The wind storms that have been blowing through Northern Europe and Berlin has announced a state of emergency. Here in Wittenberg, we had rain and strong winds, but nothing too extreme. 


Schloßkirche, or Castle Church

I have wanted to visit this historic site for years, and the fact that I was able to come at such a high time is amazing. 

Our AirBnb hosts, Michael and Gudrun, have been wonderful to us. Not only did they pick up up last night, but Gudrun dropped us off early this morning in the middle of town to explore. 

And I’m so glad! It allowed us to visit Schloßkirche (Castle Church) before the crowds began to arrive. Let me tell you, standing before the Theses Doors, where Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, has me a little “star-struck.” 

The original doors are no longer there, unfortunately, but the new ones fully depict the Theses and caused me to pause and imagine the moment that a rebellious, truth-seeking monk acted out a thought that would change the world forever. 

There’s a lot more I could share, but I think I’ll save that for the end of the trip. 😉

After visiting the visitor’s center, we discovered that the church was holding a service, so we decided to join. The inside of Schloßkirche is very beautiful, and it seems to have had a lot of work done on it since Luther’s time. 

Both Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon are buried there, and an original printed copy of the Theses and a few other documents are on display under the magnificently carved pulpit. 

Luther’s Theses printed by Jakob Thanner in Leipzig in 1517; only 87 are on this page. I believe the others are on the reverse.

Mommy and I would have had a chance to go through the Theses Doors if we (meaning I) hadn’t spent so much time looking at things. But we ended up discovering a visitor’s center/museum attached to the church filled with amazing images and information. 

You know, as a child I never enjoyed history. Now, I can’t seem to get enough of it. Somewhere along the way, I made the connection of how the past affected my present, and it’s relevance suddenly helped me not only find it interesting but enjoyable to study. 

So going through this center was like being in a candy shop for me. Not only was there a lot of information about Luther, but other lesser known Reformers that had just as significant of a role in spreading the new found truths of Scripture to the world. Not everyone got the limelight, but that does not in any way diminish their work or accomplishments. 

Many of these, such as Jonas Justus, Johannesburg Bugenhagen, Lucas Cranach, Johannesburg von Staupitz, and others were remarkable educators, supporters, and believers of Martin Luther and the mission God had endowed him. 

It’s important to remember that the Reformation was not a one man show, but a movement that began long before Luther and is continuing long after. Being here in Wittenberg, where Luther worked and lived, has helped me understand this more than ever before. 

The afternoon was spent walking around the city, enjoying the other historic attractions and watching people prepare the medieval market place that tomorrow will be filled much celebration. I’m going on Tuesday, so no worries–there will be pictures. 

We also visited Lutherhaus, on the opposite side of Wittenberg from Schloßkirche. A museum made of and built around Luther’s home, it was filled with artifacts of his life, told his story, and shared his legacy. 

A very fancy pulpit
A copy of Luther’s German New Testament with woodcut images. This is depicting a scene from Revelation.
An original copy of Luther’s “Table Talk,” written conversations that Luther and his friends had around a table discussing theological ideas.

The remains of what used to be Luther’s study room.

When I saw one of the letters written in Luther’s own hand, I will admit I teared up. Not necessarily because the document of great historical or theological significance, but the fact that it was something Luther had touched… It made me wonder about the person he was, the thoughts he had, the emotions he felt, the trials he went through…

It was not unlike the feel I had standing before the Ishtar Gates when I was in Berlin two years ago. 

I felt I was before some sort of timecapsule, and it was incredibly humbling. 

A letter to Kaiser Karl V from Martin Luther explaining why he chose not to recant at the Diet of Worms.

Have you ever had a moment like that? 
So, we had a day full of Luther today and will likely have it so again tomorrow. 

Barring any train cancellations, we hope to be in Eisenach to gain some more insight and for some new adventures. 

Until tomorrow!

-Wandering Minstrelette 

Mini-Reformation Tour, part 2

I was blessed to attend New Life SDA Church this morning once again after two years. There were many faces I was so excited to see. I made several new acquaintances as well. 

New Life SDA welcoming visitors

I had the honoring of singing for the church service and was blessed to be used to touch the congregation.

Stephanie got the memo about the dresses… 😉

New friends Lynda and Ogechi

Anjie, who accompanied me during the service. It was a blessing to see her again!
From left: Claudette, Glenda, and Amy. One old and two new friends.

Helen, my sweet and wonderful host who took great care of me two years ago and welcomed my mother and I back with open arms for this short stay in Berlin.

The service and the potluck afterwards was filled with joy and fellowship. I was sorry to leave this community again so soon. 

But the adventure must continue!

Mom and I had a train to catch in the evening, but we thought we could squeeze one more sightseeing adventure before leaving Berlin. 

We tried the Pergamon Museum, the Berliner Dom…but it was not meant to be. The lines were long and the time was short. The weather wasn’t helping either (finally had a chance to use my new rain jacket from REI!), so we took a few pictures and went on to the Hauptbanhof. 

Mom and Stephanie posing in front of the Berliner Dom.

One question to those who live or have visited Germany, have you found it hard to find free water or am I just not looking in the right places? 

I haven’t found a place to fill my water bottle since the airport in Baltimore and for someone who’s gotten used to drinking at least 40oz a day… I’m a bit desperate, haha. 

It just seems silly to have buy a bottle of water to then put it in my bottle but… that might be what I have to do. If anyone has any tips or advice, let me know!

Anyways, mom and I caught a train to Wittenberg and are excited to be “officially” beginning our mini-Reformation tour tomorrow. 🙂 

I look forward to sharing our adventure with you!

-Wandering Minstrelette

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Finale: Ten Days of Prayer

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5: 22, 23

Over the past ten days, we have been learning about and discussing the various fruits of the Spirit. Should we choose to dedicate ourselves fully to the Lord and His work, these are attributes that will develop and reign in us. Our characters shall be changed, molded ever closer into the image of the Son of God. As we choose to reflect the image that our Heavenly Father designed us to have, others will be drawn and become curious to know what is it that we have, what do we know that makes us so different?

I pray that these last few days have been a great blessing to you; they certainly have been for me. I have watched as God has worked in the hearts of individuals and encouraged them to take steps out of their comfort zone, but in line with will of the Lord. Do you have a testimony of something that has happened to you over these ten days? Or to someone else? Would you like to place a prayer request or share a praise report? My prayer warriors would be honored to pray on your behalf.

Scripture tells us to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). From these humble beginnings, bowing our hearts in earnest, constant prayer, true revival and reformation can and will take place. May we all strive to become more Christ-like. May we all choose to delve deeper into the Word of God, asking for the Holy Spirit to guide us in our studies. May we remember to focus on the Lord at all times and to rely on Him for our every need. May we surrender to the Lord all that is keeping us from an active, intimate relationship with Him. May we plead for a clean and pure heart of flesh to replace our hardened heart of stone.  May we more often and more earnestly seek the Lord in prayer. May we request and mightily receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord. Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” – Hosea 10:12

Lord Jesus, help us to be prepared for the day when You return to take us to heaven with You. Amen.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Self-Control: Ten Days of Prayer

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

The idea of self-control seems rather foreign in today’s society. We want what we want, how we want it, and when we want it – which is usually, now! The image that comes to mind is that of a smorgasbord: hot food, ready and waiting, and there’s no limit to how much one can take. Well, except for the limit of your stomach capacity. But just because everything is available, doesn’t mean everything should be taken. Some foods should be avoided, others eaten in moderation. Remember that how you feed your body affects your mind – and the same goes for your character! The way you feed certain passions or desires, material or social wants, affects and molds the character. The question becomes, how are you being affected and to what end?

The profundity of the verse from Corinthians quoted above is that is presents two choices for us – our actions and decisions will either bring glory to God or they won’t. In short, everything is spiritual. Everything is spiritual because we are spiritual beings, made in the image of God who “is spirit” (John 4:24). Therefore, we have the grand responsibility of honoring God through our thoughts and actions. We must choose to take care of the body we have been gifted, for it was designed as a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20) meaning that we have to feed it right, exercise, and give it the air and sunshine it needs to stay healthy.

When we display self-control, we tell God that we trust in Him for all our needs and desires. I don’t need to eat all the food at the smorgasbord in one sitting because I know that my Lord will provide for my every need as He does for the sparrows, and we are much more valuable then they (Matthew 10:31).

So if there is something today that is taking up large portions of your life and you don’t seem to have any control (eating, drinking, sex, addictions to drugs or social media, bad tempers, etc.), ask the Lord to empower you with the desire and will to develop the fruit of self-control. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can overcome and regain an abundant life in Christ.

Ask the Holy Spirit today to bear in you the fruit of self-control.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God that He give you strength to have self-control. Praise God for the ways He has given you strength to have self-control in specific situations.

Praise God that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.

Praise God that He is the one who give you willingness and helps you to have self-control.

Ask God to make you willing to have self-control.

Ask God to help you hate the things of the world and to give you love for Him and Him only. Tell Him about those things that you need to learn to hate.

Ask God to remind you every time you are tempted that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Ask God to help you do everything for His glory.

Ask God to help you live a life hidden in Him.

Pray for the united evangelistic and witnessing activities of every Christian man, woman, and child around the world. Pray that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit as we submit to His leading in our lives.

Pray that God will bring to the forefront godly, teachable, and humble leaders for the future who will provide Christ-centered leadership as His church fulfills its heaven-born mandate to the world.

Pray that Christ will bring peace and love into Christian families and homes. Pray that His presence will drive away abuse and stress through the sanctifying power of His righteousness.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that nothing is impossible with Him and that He has heard and answered your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Gentleness: Ten Days of Prayer

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” -1 Peter 3:3, 4

Have you met a really beautiful person with an awful attitude? The two characteristics seems at odds with one another, yet we often find this dichotomy around us today. So what makes a person truly beautiful? Most would answer, their character. But what do they mean? What about their character would make them beautiful? Having all the aspects of the fruits of the Holy Spirit  is what makes someone a truly beautiful person, especially the fruit of gentleness.

Gentleness is not an attribute that is very much respected or honored in our world today. What we’re told is that to earn status and achieve our dreams we have to be aggressive, forward, pushy, and at times harsh or even mean. To build yourself up, you must push others down. To have power, you have to take it away from someone else.

How differently works the kingdom of heaven! “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth,” says Jesus in Matthew 5:5. As our example, Christ displayed gentleness and compassion to others even as they oppressed Him and crucified Him. Does this mean that we should let others walk all over us and abuse us? No, but I do believe it means that we are to rely on God for our every need, including protection from those who wish us harm. Instead of retaliating, let us choose rather to show our enemies kindness and thereby “heap burning coals on his head” (Proverbs 25:22).

The only way that we can gain a spirit of gentleness and meekness is by inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell within us that He might bear in us this much needed fruit. When this fruit is planted within us, we remember that God will fight our battles with and for us. When we honor the Lord with our lives, He exalts us to places and positions of power and influence that we often could not have ever imagined. Just read the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis!

Let us choose today to adorn ourselves not only with things that beautify us on the outside, but to put on a spirit of gentleness. Ask the Holy Spirit today to mold your character to become like the character of Christ, for it is a gentle, calming spirit that will create in the world the desire to know Jesus.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for the ways Jesus set an example of how to be gentle.

Praise God that He is calling us to learn from Him and that by imitating Him we can have peace.

Praise God that His gentleness is making us great.

Praise God that He teaches the humble His ways.

Ask God to give you His gentle wisdom.

Ask God to teach you how to be gentle.

Pray that God will teach you how to lift up with gentleness someone who is weak and has fallen.

Ask the Lord to teach you to be gentle even to those who are not gentle toward you.

Are there any people and situations in your life where you need to learn more gentleness? Pray for those situations, asking that you will learn from Him how to be gentle.

Pray that God will teach you how to humble yourself.

Pray for Christians schools that they will teach the truth of Christ and the Bible.

Pray for an increased emphasis on small-group outreach, so that all members are participating in personal witnessing and proclaiming God’s great truth in these last days.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that He does not withhold anything good from His children and that He is going to answer your prayers.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Faithfulness: Ten Days of Prayer

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8

How great is the Father’s faithfulness towards us! Despite our countless failures, missteps, and shortcomings God has remained ever faithful to His people. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Tim. 2:13). God keeps His promises – He will not deny what He has promised He will give. One of His greatest promises to us is that if we ask anything in accordance with His will and in His name, He will give it to us.

Think – what an amazing promise that is! Remember that nothing is impossible with God, all we have to do is have faith in Him and believe not only in Him or on Him, but simply believe Him.

Yet, there is a part that we have to play as well for like muscles faith must be exercised. The day to day decisions we make condition us for how we will respond in times of great trial or great joy. “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). Choose in each moment of every day to be faithful to the Lord and His desires for your life. Although you may not know where you are going or what you need to do, continue to step out in faith and trust that God is preparing your way before you. We are to walk by faith and not by sight.

So choose to believe God – believe that He loves and is devoted to you. Believe that He cares and provides for you. Believe that He has your best interest in mind and that in His time all things will come together. Believe and have faith, that you may be molded ever closer to the image of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who died to cleanse us of our sins and rose again that we might have eternal life.

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for His faithfulness and forgiveness.

Praise God for the gift of faith.

Praise God that He does not change and remains faithful even when we are faithless.

Praise God that He rewards our faithfulness.

Pray that God will make you faithful in the small things. Tell Him some of those small things in which you need to learn to be faithful.

Pray that God will give you faith and help you believe.

Pray that God will teach you to walk by faith and not by sight. Pray for specific situations in which you need to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

Pray that you will not trust in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Pray that God will increase your faith.

Pray for your local pastor, asking that God will give your pastor an abundant measure of faith.

Pray that every church leader around the world holds deeply to a faithful spiritual and evangelistic perspective.

Pray for the increased use of Christian literature by all church members and for increased emphasis on literature evangelism, both through hard copy and electronic formats.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God for being faithful and answering your prayers. Praise Him for what He is going to do.

May you be blessed!

-Wandering Minstrelette

Goodness: Ten Days of Prayer

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! – Psalm 34:8

Have you ever taken a moment to just ponder on the goodness of God? I mean, really dwell on it?

To think that, despite everything that we have done to God – disobeying Him, rejecting Him, dishonoring Him, and even crucifying Him – He still thinks good and loving thoughts towards us. The Lord wants to bestow upon us the bounties of heaven, if we just align ourselves with Him and ask for His blessings. He wants us to share this goodness with others, that we might be a reflection of His character and draw all to Him.

I have heard it said from some people who have been hurt by religious individuals that their religion is to do good. But how can one truly do good without God? Jesus Himself said that no one is good but God. To be good means we must have God working in and through us.

Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you today. Pray that He will instruct and guide you on how to be good to God, yourself, and others that the Lord may be glorified in all things. Share His character and watch Him work.

Prayer Suggestions

Praise God for His goodness toward you.

Praise God that a good man obtains favor of the Lord.

Praise God for specific situations in which you could see His goodness toward you.

Praise God that all things work together for the best for those who love God.

Ask God for wisdom and understanding that  you may do everything in the meekness of wisdom.

Ask God to show you how to manifest goodness toward your family members and your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Ask God to help you show goodness to strangers.

Pray that the Lord will teach you to see and appreciate His goodness.

Pray for increased interest in studying the books of Daniel and Revelation. Pray that people will understand and proclaim the sanctuary service as a beautiful explanation of the salvation process. Pray for clear focus on Christ and His work for us during His life on earth, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His current ministry for us in the Most Holy Place in heaven, and His soon second coming.

Pray for increased participation and commitment in evangelistic outreach by all church members and institutions as they support the ongoing mission of the church.

Pray for the establishment of thousands of “centers of influence,” especially in large cities around the world, and pray that these centers make a huge difference in people’s lives as they experience God’s truth through Christian service.

Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.

Praise God that He delights to answer your prayers and that He is going to answer at the right time and in the right way.

May you be blessed and touched by the Holy Spirit!

-Wandering Minstrelette