The nation of Israel rejected Christ as Lord and Savior. They were not inspired by the Father and were therefore ignorant of God’s true nature. Not possessing the true knowledge of God’s blessings in their hearts, their zeal for the ceremonies of the temple, their laws, and their self-righteousness grieved the Holy Spirit.
Self-righteousness is based on the false perception of personal good works: acting on one’s own, without the Lord’s illumination, inspiration, and the power of victory over sin. Large numbers of people in every age have rejected Christ by refusing to submit to Him and learn from Him who He is and what He is doing.
The Lord said, “For I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you, and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile." (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
Paul poured out his heart to the Lord concerning the grief he experienced for the Jews as they continually sinned. He wrote, “Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1)
Paul expected disciples of Christ to be people of prayer. He taught Timothy to pray for all men. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Jesus taught that prayer is the great power by which His church would do its work, but neglecting prayer has left the church powerless over the majority of the world’s population.
The power of prayer is within reach. Christ is calling His church to take the place He has prepared, asking for and receiving heavenly gifts to carry to mankind. This is the very root of the doctrine of grace as it is manifested in the lives of Christians.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet for prayer on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.