Words from the Heart for Thursday December 7th, 2017
And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 1:17 (NIV)
To Make Ready A People
Faithful people of God had long believed the promise that salvation would come. The Lord had promised that He would also send a messenger ahead of the Christ. Today the Lord will use you to pray for people to get ready to accept Jesus as Lord. Who can you pray for today?
Noticing that many immigrants arrived in Canada with a false notion about how easy it would be to find a job in this country, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges formed the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program, with the Canadian government’s support, to better prepare newcomers for economic integration, while still in their country of origin. So far more than 14,000 people have graduated, many of them professionals, having taken preparation courses at regional offices in countries like Bahrain, Finland, Japan and Saudi Arabia.
From the time of the prophet Malachi until the beginning of the New Testament, God had remained silent. For four centuries there had been no prophetic utterance, no fresh revelation of God’s will for His people, nothing at all from the God of Israel. The people of Israel, who were so used to hearing from their God, must have felt abandoned. Instead, God was building up a longing in their hearts, and when God finally did speak again, to the old priest Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth, it would have been shocking. And certainly what the angel said, on behalf of God, was earth shaking. In Luke 1:17 we read “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” God was going to call the hearts of His people back to Himself, and He would do so through the offspring of Zacharias and Elizabeth – John the Baptist. God still speaks, calling our hearts back to Him.
These have been words from the heart.