When we struggle with personal failure, when we face painful things in our lives, adversity
and tribulation, loss, death, it can be hard to pray. We wrestle with guilt, shame, fear and despair and often avoid God,
feeling too condemned to try to reach out to Him. As I studied these Scriptures on prayer, by what and how we are hindered,
I began to better understand the way of escape the Lord has prepared those who face this. By the last page of these notes,
a deeper reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ overwhelmed my heart as I saw how He too felt abandoned by God, separated from
God by sin (our sin) as He was dying on that cross. He truly is affected by how we feel. He says Come. Just come and let Me
help you. What a humbling Word this has been to my heart.
Beloved, it truly is time to seek the Lord. This comes from Daniel 9. What I have learned in these
studies has been both humbling and heartbreaking. I have wept with a broken heart over what I have seen in these Scriptures.
This is one of the hardest words I have ever published, but it was written with tears, prayed about with tears, for what else
can one do? We have made such a mess of things only God can fix it. And if this is not the condition of the church you attend,
then you are truly blessed.
The notes here from July and August deal with the life of Daniel. In studying his life,
his behavior, the Lord has shown me a very clear illustration of a crucified life, a life God can use for His own glory and
purpose. This I desire. This is what we must be for the sake of the glory of God and the lost souls of men and women and children.
Faith and suffering are part of the Christian life at times, as illustrated in the life
of Job. In April through June, I was studying the life of Job and I know that the restoration of Job who got a double portion
of what he had lost, was given better than he had after enduring his suffering is what the church of God has coming to her.
She has suffered much and still is. But God is well able to restore her and glorify Himself through and in her and grant her
the double portion of what fell on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.